Changing “I can relate…” to “I can’t, but I care”

  11/24/18 by Tim Paauw If you know of someone with autism, depression, anxiety, or another non-visible diagnosis, you may have heard them share a comment or story that may highlight one of the daily challenges within their diagnosis. Perhaps in that moment you aren't quite sure how to respond and offer what the person [...]

My Love Note to Laura

by Tim Paauw 7/8/18  I remember vividly holding hands with you, the love of my life, and walking through the sparkler-filled tunnel of our favorite people at the end of our perfect evening. I can still see family and friends holding their sparklers and smiling with us as though that moment happened in slow motion [...]

The Impacts of “Noticing”

By Tim & Laura Paauw June 14, 2017 This past week we have had a couple of scenes play out in our life with Nolan that I believe many with a "diversability" (diversability = experiences the world in a different manner than most people) have regularly. Allow us to paint the two scenes and our [...]

Diversability, Rethinking Environments

Memorial Day Celebrations - By Tim Paauw 5/29/17 Today is a special day where we remember many men and women who have served and sacrificed for the good of our country.  One of my favorite events for the day is a Memorial Day Parade that our school participates in each year. As a school principal, [...]

Church, Don’t allow disabilities & recoveries to create isolation…

This response must be the mindset of the church towards all its members, regardless of age, ability, or other circumstances: “We need you. No matter how you worship or how you serve, we want you in this church.”

Autism Awareness & Our Spring Break

By Tim Paauw 4/3/17 The first full week of April is always our Spring Break in Michigan. What does that look like for someone with autism and their family? Let me share a few details and a brief introduction because "When you have met one person with autism... you have met one person with autism." This [...]

Focus. Involve Family & Friends.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." -Hebrews 12:1-2 Maybe you have received [...]

The “D” Words In Life

by Tim Paauw 11/7/16 Diagnosis. Disability. Disease. Difference. Difficulty. Doesn't it feel like "D" words should be "taboo". I used to think this until I've been blessed with my son Nolan, who  I remind daily is my best friend. One of my favorite Christian songs on the radio right now is "Blessings" by Laura Story. [...]

incl US ion – Autism Awareness

by Tim Paauw 4.1.19 We are your typical family of five living in the Midwest region of the U.S.A. For some that know our family well, you may be surprised with my use of the word 'typical' in that last sentence. Allow me a chance to explain... Here is how I view us as a [...]