In 2014, I met the boy that would become my stepson. He walked into my Memphis, Tennessee home and immediately sat down to watch an episode of SpongeBob. A few months later, he met my biological son, and the family was formed. It wasn't long before I moved to Arkansas to make the family a legally binding organization.
So, what does this have to do with a website dedicated to "all things Arkansas?"
This website has been about people, places, and food with an emphasis on the outdoors, but how can you enjoy these things when you have a particular person in your life that, due to autism, has a difficult time with them? It is hard to go to a restaurant when one of the people in your crew only eats a (very small) handful of items. There are only so many places that serve chicken nuggets. How can one celebrate the outdoors when the sound of birds chirping causes one of your group to go into sensory overload? Camping is out. Travel becomes nearly impossible.
One thing that is a constant, however, is the struggle to find our way with an autistic child in the Natural State. This blog on I Write Arkansas will be dedicated to the organizations and resources available to all Arkansans. For instance, did you know that, via the Arkansas Department of Education, you can find all disciplinary actions by district? It is an interesting tool (link at the end of this post).
Welcome to The Autism Step-Dad. Another aspect of Arkansas.
The website is: https://adedata.arkansas.gov/statewide/ReportList/Districts/DisciplinaryActions.aspx