Author Archives: Cynthia J. Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.

Taking the Poetry Plunge
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After a great deal of thought, I decided to apply for the City’s Poet Laureate position. I did it in part because I didn’t want the program to end. But mostly I did it because there were things I’d hoped … Continue reading

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Chaos and Change, Part 2
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Open Mind School (OMS), my daughter’s fantastic new school in Redwood City, was being kicked out of its current location by Oracle’s childcare provider and then lost its new location in Menlo Park to Facebook. Welcome to the cut-throat world … Continue reading

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Special Olympics Are Truly Special
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up my daughter for the Tri-Valley Special Olympics track team (aka the Tri-Valley Rockets). As I told my father at the first practice, I would have been happy if Katie managed … Continue reading

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Chaos and Change, Part 1
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In addition to the Brownie star party and finally securing ABA services for my daughter Katie after nearly 18 months, two other things happened last week. First, my school district finally got around to visiting Open Mind School (OMS). They … Continue reading

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Viewing the Moon with Brownies
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If I needed further proof that chaos and change was my new normal, than I need look no further than yesterday. While I was helping Nate and other Eastbay Astronomical Society (EAS) members set up for a “girls only” star … Continue reading

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The Next Poet Laureate?
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Back in early March, I attended the Ravenswood Poetry Series. After listening to D. A. Powell read his beautiful, lyric work, we broke for a brief intermission. Kay Speaks, a local poet, greeted me as I nibbled on a cookie. … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Gratitude
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Lately I’ve been feeling tremendously grateful for the many amazing people and programs in my and my daughter’s lives. People and programs such as: Barb (reading tutor/educational consultant/mentor/friend); Melissa and Jennifer (sitters extraordinaire); Bella, Audrina, Jonah, and the other kids … Continue reading

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What I Want in My Life
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Ever since I wrote the post “A Question of Settling,” back in October 2016, I’ve been thinking about how I wanted the next phase of my life to look. I had intended to focus on this question over the holidays, … Continue reading

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The Writer’s March Challenge 2017–An Update
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On March 31st, A Writer’s March 2017 ended. A guest blogger, Bob Sabatini, wrote the final post entitled, “It’s Over! (Whew!).” Bob’s post nicely sums up my feelings on this year’s writing challenge. You can read it here. Afterwards, the … Continue reading

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Second Guest Post on A Writer’s March
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This year, in addition to participating in A Writer’s March, I contributed two guest posts. Here is the second of my posts: Fallow Fields The writers who have participated in A Writer’s March over the years are an amazing bunch. I’m honored … Continue reading

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