I can picture it like it was yesterday. I returned home from receiving (but most definitely not processing) J.R.’s autism diagnosis to find a package at my door. With my infant car seat carrier weighing on one arm (ouch) and my three-year old tugging hard at the other (ugh), the goods would have to wait.… Read More
by Kristi Vannatta My fifteen year-old son J.R. has autism. If you were to meet me for the first time you may ask where he falls on the spectrum and whether or not he is considered “high functioning.” A speedy answer is always tricky for me, because these days a parent is reluctant to describe… Read More
Estate planning is MUY IMPORTANTE, but where does a special needs parent even start? Hint: we have special financial planning needs!
Enter Douglas Vogel, Special Needs Estate Planner and special needs PARENT. If he can break the process down so the blondes can understand, then anyone* can. Read More
The Disorderly Blondes’ lives are a whirlwind!
Add a hurricane, a call to 911, school blues, math problems, a new puppy, and what do you get? You guessed it: squirrels! Just TRY to follow along this update as the South Florida blondes share what’s up (and what blows!).
Mentions: squirrels, Autism on the Seas, United in Autism, Town of Miami Lakes, Autism Bites Supper Club, algebra, and the lies we tell.
Maria Jacobo is the lead voice at Help Adults with Autism Perform and Exel located in Weston, Florida and is a SUPER tuned in mom to an adult 😇 with autism.
Her all-volunteer organization works to provide adults on the spectrum meaningful employment. This talented troupe is dedicated to creating a harmonious dialogue to get everyone on the BANDwagon. Read More
Much like the Jonas Brothers’ smash summer hit,
lately the blondes have been feelin’ so COOL.
Their kids are back to school.
They’re stoked about their Season 2 debut.
But OOH, they still have to get to the dreaded carpool.
Dammit, they WERE feelin’ so cool, cool, cool, cool (they’re fools).
Listen to alllll the foolishness as the blondes recap their South Florida days of summer and kick their boys to the school curb.
It’s back to pencils, back to books, back to podcasts and autism too.
Oh, wait. Read More
We have more daddy issues than Vanidades.
What happens when you put two autism dads who couldn’t be more different in the same room with two rubias and a bottle (or more) of bubbly? You laugh. You cry. You meet the South Florida Disorderly Blondes’ sugar daddies, better known as the husbands.
These papas don’t preach, but their perspectives on all things autism had even the blondes at a loss for words. As if!
The dads tackle the tough questions, and offer advice to others in their “man-cletas.”
Ready? Set? Dale! Read More
MOOve over autism awareness (such a MOOt conversation!).
Have you not HERD?
The Town of Miami Lakes is lassoing its best and brightest, corralling MOOcho effort into “branding” itself a model, autism-friendly town.
Steered by rare breeds Mayor Manny Cid and Councilmembers Marilyn Ruano & Luis Collazo, the “range” of this town’s plan will make special needs families feel right at home: no bull! Read More
Listen to the blondes interview Dr. Toby Honsberger, EdD, BCBA-D and conveniently rubio executive director of The Learning Academy at The Els Center of Excellence. Dr. Toby is an expert on the topic of autism and safety, and after meeting the DB it’s safe to say he’ll soon be a connoisseur of all things Miami. Read More
Move over Oprah (and certainly Ariana Grande, pfft), cuz we’ll splurge on (and happily share) anything that makes our kids’ lives (okay who are we kidding?)- OUR LIVES easier!
Shout out to Ariana tho, cuz we don’t mean to brag, but we be like, “Put in in the bag,” when it comes to sanity products we feature in this season’s Favorite Things episode.
Autism. South Florida. Motherhood. Read More