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Johnrobison.com

Johnrobison

2/17/11
John Elder Robison is the older brother of author Augusten Burroughs. Having been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (under the umbrella of autism) at the age of 39, Robison wrote a memoir about his life entitled Look Me In The Eye a few years back and is on the way to publishing another. I'll admit that I have a fondness for Robison because he has given time to an organization with which I'm affiliated. Robison has made great efforts to correspond and talk with students at The Monarch School in Houston, Texas in order to share more with them about his experiences with Asperger Syndrome. Any person willing to do that is pretty special. Robison's website provides great resources and information for parents and educators. He even teamed up with Monarch School faculty and students to develop a teaching guide for Look Me In The Eye.
Gabriella-clarividencia.com

Gabriella-clarividencia

2/16/11
No utilice este sitio web. Ella es falso, es un equipo que genera el mismo mensaje para todos. Hay un montón de malas críticas de la versión americana del sitio: http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.gabriella-psychic.com
MIT Open Courseware

MIT Open Courseware

2/16/11
I think that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was one of the first major universities to put their undergraduate and graduate courses online in the early 2000s. It triggered a host of other universities to do the same (Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, Stanford, etc.) The mostly free courses run in the thousands and across all disciplines offered by MIT. I wish I had the time to do an entire neuroscience class or two, but I've interacted with a couple of classes in behavioral psychology courses. The downside is that you don't get a degree from it, but the upside is that you're getting access to some great material and giving your brain a little workout.
BridgeURL

BridgeURL

2/15/11
I learned about this website from a SiteJabber user Ron. This site allows you to compile links into one slideshow effect. It's neat if you want to make people go through all the links. I thought this could be useful as I send links weekly to staff members. However, I want to give people the choice to click on the links that are of interest to them, rather than forcing them to click through pages they don't care for. Still a nice idea!
Apple

Apple

2/15/11
I don't have a Macbook or Ipad, but I do purchase things through the Apple store (apps, music). For such a great company, I sure do wish their buttons didn't feel so heavy and using iTunes didn't feel so clunky. Not sure how to describe it, just that it's unpleasant. As well, for such a user-friendly business, I'd say their website could do much in the area of improving navigation and usability.
Huffington Post

Huffington Post

2/12/11
The Huffington Post frequently (at least once a week) has articles written by 'experts' or parents of children with neurobehavioral disabilities, especially autism. It takes less than a couple minutes to read an article and digest it, making it easy and absolutely necessary for me to do so. Of particular interest to me are the posts written by parents, as they give me various perspectives of the family process.
1-800-Flowers

1-800-Flowers

2/12/11
I send my mother flowers pretty much every year for her birthday or for mother's day. Having lived away from her for most of the last 16 years, I've needed to rely on 1800flowers to get her the flowers on time. Without exception, she's gotten her gift, on time, and according to her, the flowers are always lovely. And being Asian, she would definitely tell me if they weren't.
419eater

419eater

2/12/11
I heard about this website on an episode of This American Life called The Enforcers: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/363/enforcers

The purpose of the website is, I think, to empower people and for folks to share their scambaiting stories. There are letters, FAQs, a hall of shame, tips, a trophy room, a pretty active forum, etc. Some of the stories make me actually feel bad for the scammers (such as the one told on This American Life) so I'm not terribly keen on spending too much time on 419eater, but it's interesting that it exists.
LMGTFY

LMGTFY

2/9/11
I'm one of those folks to whom my colleagues and friends will ask questions knowing full well that I don't actually know the answer but that I'll be the first to google it to help out. Oftentimes that's fine by me, but other times, like, say if I'm in the middle of working a child through a 'tantrum' or fixing a broken pipe, it's a real nuisance. Then can't you find out what the exchange rate between rupees and yen is or who invented the modern Western alphabet (though you should know it was the Phoenicians) on your own? "Let me Google that for you" is a snarky way to prove my point to the person who asks me another question they can Google for themselves. I haven't yet found the right person to use this with, but believe me, it's in my artillery.
Universe.jobs

Universe.jobs

2/9/11
I heard about this on NPR and love the idea of it. It's a free network of websites to seek and post employment ads based on your area or city. Basically you can type in SanFrancisco.jobs (or whatever city you're in) or education.jobs (or whatever field you're in) or SanFranciscoeducation.jobs (city and field) to find work that might be relevant to your field, location or both! Brilllliant.

Here's the link to the NPR story: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133583967/New-Network-Of-Websites-May-Help-Job-Seekers?ft=1&f=100
Evidence Based Mummy

Evidence Based Mummy

2/9/11
Evidence Based Mummy is one seriously awesome blog for parents and educators who want some filtered, but still accurate information on the latest research and findings related to child development. Rachel Robinson is a smart mama who makes information easy to access and relevant. So much better than reading Parent Magazine or that other fluffy hooha stuff. I subscribe to EBM via RSS and have shared quite a few of her articles with my staff.
Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

2/6/11
How sad I was to wake up this morning to a sleeping Kindle that wouldn't revive, no matter how hard I tried. I called Kindle's support line and was greeted in less than a minute by Susan. Susan showed genuine empathy for my dead Kindle. She walked through me a couple of steps I had already tried, and Harriet Beecher Stowe still wouldn't go away. After a couple of perfunctory questions (did you drop him, apply too much pressure - "sometimes I hug him but I don't think I overdo it"), Susan ordered a new Kindle be sent to my house by overnight delivery, right in time for me to take this new boyfriend on a trip next week. Now that's good business.
Kottke.org

Kottke.org

2/4/11
As far I'm concerned, Kottke is probably the only blog I need to follow. I've tried Dooce (too personal) and also follow Swiss Miss (too specific) and Brain Picker (too much noise sometimes). Kottke's clean and pretty eclectic without getting too hipster-on-my-nerves. He gives me the information and interesting factoids that I need, in small, not drawn out doses. Where else would I have discovered Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan doing dueling Michael Caine impressions?? http://kottke.org/10/11/dueling-michael-caine-impressions
6Wunderkinder

6Wunderkinder

2/4/11
I've been able to keep track of my tasks through my trusty noggin all these years, but being back in the States, without a maid has left me in need of a task management system - an electronic to do list, basically. Years ago I used Remember The Milk for a team management system, but that didn't seem to work too well. It requires you to log in, so if you don't log in, you don't know what you have to do. Remember The Milk may have updated itself for the new smartphones these days, and if Wunderlist doesn't work for me, I'll try RTMilk again. So far Wunderlist is a nice way to keep my to do list in order - both on my phone and PC, as it synchronizes. The only thing that bothers me is that it doesn't self-sort by due date.
Mint

Mint

2/4/11
I use Mint.com for the simplest of reasons - to keep track of my accounts without needing to log into each one. I used Quicken years ago but was never diligent enough to keep up with my budget, etc. With the Mint app, I can more easily stay on track, I think / hope. Surely there are features that I'm missing out on right now, but I'm sure I'll find them with due time. For now, I appreciate how easy it is to use the tools offered on the site!
Lands' End

Lands' End

1/30/11
Landsend clothes aren't usually what I wear on a day to day basis, but I bought a couple things there when I lived in Seattle. The good thing is that the clothes last a loooong time. Very durable, well-made stuff!
University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver

1/17/11
The University of Colorado's Assistive Technology Partners program is designed to provide services, professional development and information concerning low- and high- assistive technology for individuals with autism, mental retardation, paralysis, etc. The site's Resources page (http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/programs/atp/Resources/Pages/Resources.aspx) has a vast library of materials, for free (see Handouts), to help make communication easier for individuals with disabilities.
AutismResearchCentre

AutismResearchCentre

1/13/11
Simon Baron-Cohen (and let's get this out of the way - yes, he IS related to Sasha Baron-Cohen of Ali G/ Borat/ Bruno fame) is one of the world's foremost leading practitioners, researchers and authors on autism spectrum disorders. He is a professor at the University of Cambridge and the director of ARC, Autism Research Centre. ARC's website is extensive in the information and resources it provides. There you can download free tests and research papers. At a time when academics like to keep their work under subscriptions and fees, Baron-Cohen makes all of his lab's work readily available to the public. This calls for many a fireworks display of hearts.
KidsHealth

KidsHealth

1/13/11
Kidshealth.org is kind of like a better, more accurate version of about.com for themes related to growing up. There are three sections to the site: the parents section, the kids section and the teens section. While many of the same topics are covered across the three sections, each takes a different approach as to how the material is covered (writing style, graphics, vocabulary, etc.) and how much is covered.

I use kidshealth in a couple of ways. One, it's a great, simple reference tool for parents who are just starting to learn about good nutritional habits, aspects of their children's development, facts about disabilities, etc. Two, it gives me good insight into how I can explain complex topics to children. For example, for a workshop for siblings of children with disabilities, I might see how Kidshealth approaches explaining what mental retardation, Down Syndrome, autism, etc. It's really a comprehensive website, and one of the first I go to when I need to explain something to parents or students (and it comes in Spanish translations, so I'd give it double hearts, if I could).
Disabilityscoop

Disabilityscoop

1/13/11
Special education doesn't get its own section of the newspaper. It barely gets a word in edgewise in the education section of papers, if there is even such a section in some newspapers. So to stay up to date on all things related to developmental disabilities, I subscribe via RSS feed to Disability Scoop. Disability Scoop gives me the latest on what lawmakers are planning, what researchers are developing and what people with disabilities are accomplishing. The articles are always accessible and relevant to my work.

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