Being Told to Start Over

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference” - Robert Frost   Imagine this scenario if it was not a choice, and the one less travelled is significantly harder to walk…

TEPAP 2024

It’s Like Drinking Out of a Firehose – The next level of agriculture education down in Texas.   I am not going to lie, my head hurts. Seven days of information overload may finally be catching up to this guy.    For…

2023 Year in Review – It was anything but dull.

Maybe it’s just me, but as I get older, I am finding that time is speeding up and each year passes at a much faster rate than the one prior. When I try to sit down and identify key pieces of inspirational information over the past twelve months,…

Navigating the Holidays

The first time Santa Claus knocked on our door Ashton grabbed Santa’s hand and showed him inside; so much for “stranger danger” at the Shout household. The next year the novelty had worn off and he shut the door in his face. Each year…

Fool Me Once

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.   You look a lot harder the second time. I actually feel bad for Trystan because from the moment he was born, we were looking. With every little movement I was questioning whether…

Day One

It will be one of the worst days of your life.    In all honesty I will remember “day one” for as long as I remember my own name.   It is funny how many vivid details you can recall about one of the worst things to…

Introduction

Autism is not a word that I ever thought I would use this often in my life.   Growing up I was not comfortable being uncomfortable. It’s not something I am proud of, but I was not the person who worked around, or with, disabilities.…

As classrooms grow, parents of most vulnerable students feel forgotten

Almost every room in Amy and Evan Shout’s home features photos of their sons Ashton and Trystan. It’s a sign of how much they love their children, sure. It’s also practical, the parents say. Ashton and Trystan are autistic and non-verbal.…