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Rebecca Foust is a best seller!

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While browsing The Poetry Foundation website, I took a look at their best seller lists. They have separate ones for large press contemporary poets, children’s publications, anthologies, and small press contemporary poets. For the week of November 7th, 2010, Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens’ book God, Seed: Poetry and Art about the Natural World was #4 on the small press release best seller list.

Rebecca Foust was, of course, one of our poets during our autism poetry unit. I got very excited when I saw that she was on this list because I thought the book might feature some of her work about raising her son, who,  I believe, has Asperger’s. This particular collection doesn’t seem to feature any poetry directly about her son or her experience with him, but it is neat that the voice of an author within the autism community (if not a main part) is getting some attention from the press.

Written by Helen

November 22nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

max vid link

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in case anybody might want to check it out, for the take-home or just for fun, here is the link michael rasbury provided for his powerpoint videos on max understood :

Go to http://www.michaelrasbury.com/maxunderstood.htm and look at the top of the page in the line that has the links to the script, synopsis, etc.  You’ll see a new “video” link that will take you to a page with a list of all the movies.

Written by cfoss

November 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/UBmb1vsjzDA ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

The Dr. Who Christmas special this is is “A Christmas Carol.”

The tagline would make Dr. Foss happy:

“(Christmas)Time can be rewritten.”

Written by Robert

November 19th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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CoPo Post

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Hey guys, those of you who are also in CoPo already know this, but I shared the link of the interview between Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay and Grinnell College’s Ralph Savarese with the Contemporary Poetry blog seeing as it talks a great deal about poetry and the writing process. Here’s the response I got: (She includes one of her son’s “chants,” or spoken poetry.)

Thank you so much for this tidbit of unexpected diversion, when I was trying really hard to stay on task and get some assignments completed. That said, this is absolutely mesmerizing and so on target; I absolutely would not have missed it for the world. It is quite interesting to consider how the deconstruction and synthesization of sensory input lends itself to poetry and the arts in general. The unique thought processes and patterning of autism would, in fact, almost seem to lend themselves to poetry.

I do wonder, though, how this compares and justifies with research that indicates that the incidence of autism is much higher in families where, both parents are highly educated in mathematics and science, compared to the incidence in parents who trend toward the humanities. Perhaps, in some milder cases, parents who trend toward the humanities simply do not notice any peculiarities in their child’s thought processes. This does lead to the question, what is unusual, what is a disability and who decides what is normal or that a particular way of thinking, perceiving or behaving is somehow wrong or odd. Is not uniqueness what makes this world beautiful?

As you may know, my son, Justin, has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. He is constantly coming up with odd comparisons and metaphors, many of which are quite poetic. Because of his love of poetry, and his penchant to speak in rhythmic tones, I have always felt that he might someday make a good poet. He often chants things, some seem very repetitive like he is, as Tito says, “lost in a labyrinth” of some small minute detail, and at other times he personifies objects in unique ways. I transcribed this from one of his chants about a year ago (when he was nine).

Tick-tock, the clock is broken.
Bing-bong, it’s got the wrong voice chip in it.
The glass is broken; the hands are bent.
It’s about to rain; the clock will be ruined.

Clock hands!
Clock glass!
Off with the hands!
Off with the face!
There it’s fixed.

But what time does it tell?
The clock knows.
Now I’m the clock; tick-tock;
I tell what time it is when it snows.

Written by Matthew

November 19th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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social media meets disability!

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Hey all! I’ve seen a few of these on my friends statuses today (on a social networking site called “Facebook”) :

“Children with a disability just want what we all want, to be accepted. Can I make a request? Is anyone willing to post this and leave it in your Status for at least an hour? It is Special Education Week and it is in honor of children made in a unique way :)”

It’s the standard sort of copy and paste as a status update type deal, but apparently this time with a point. Thoughts on the effectiveness of this tool in changing attitudes towards disability? Thoughts on what this says about neurodiversity? Thoughts at all?

Written by sarahsmile

November 16th, 2010 at 1:32 am

chris gabbard

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here’s an article about a unf professor who was very helpful to me as i was working up our course.  it is about his family and their relationship with his son, who lives with cerebral palsy, is a spastic quadriplegic, has cortical visual impairment (meaning he is legally blind), is completely nonverbal and cognitively disabled, has a microcephalic head, and is completely immobile.

Written by cfoss

November 15th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

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switaj change

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the link for switaj’s “i am autism” no longer seems to work, so here’s a replacement poemm for you:

Irresistible Investment: The Autism Cure


cosmoramic ululations of the present
I quoted, vowelized
chelations of a language
instead of blood & capricious
metals kill my kin
reprobates of mind & how
to shake a hand exulting
capricious progeny

in what we do not understand

thrasher you could live
among exploded people
who do not think
like you

if you want to see the poem’s actual visual form, you can find by scrolling to the bottom of this page

Written by cfoss

November 15th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Eye-opening Documentary: “Autism is a World”

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This five-part documentary features a twenty-six year old woman named Sue Rubin, and follows her perspective throughout her life with autism. She explains what it is like to live with autism in a non-autistic world, attends college, experiences a transition in primary care, and interviews specialists as she tries to develop her own answer to the enduring question: What is Autism?

The entire series is a bit lengthy at about an hour total, but I highly recommend it to anyone in our class (and outside of our class) who has lingering questions about autism.


Written by Katherine Sullivan

November 14th, 2010 at 11:54 am

Child with Autism Connects with Kinect

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Hey everyone!

I found this interesting article about a child with autism able to play with a  gaming device called Kinect. In the past, he had trouble with other video games because of the controller. I looked up what Kinect was and found that it’s a new gaming device that’s controller free for the Xbox 360. It uses a sensor device with motion, face and word recognition. Players interact using hand, and body motions.

What’s your opinion on the article? What about Kinect and Autism?

Here is the link!

Written by library1288

November 12th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

calendar change

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see syllabus page for changes to calendar for weeks 13 – 15

Written by cfoss

November 11th, 2010 at 8:59 am

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