Monthly Archives: January 2021

Comments Off on Sheriff Hutchinson’s office traumatizes a child with a disability – what the heck?

Alright – so, Dave Hutchinson become sheriff in Hennepin County (the largest in Minnesota) defeating Stanek with less than 0.44% or about 2,300 votes. This was not a landslide win by any stretch of the word. How did he win? two words; community outreach. Hutchinson campaigned on building bridges, bringing communities together, and representing underserved folks who have been marginalized. All commendable and sounded good during an election. I remember him coming to one Somali event with some guy who kept telling us (the audience) to vote for him because he was going to hire Somalis in positions of power and was going to treat our community fair and kind.

Shortly after taking office, Hutchinson took away the transparency portion of the county by encrypting radio information. In other words, let’s hide from the public what is happening at the Sheriff’s office. Why you ask? good question for the guy who run on transparency and accountability. This was apparently a surprise to some county commissioners. What now?

He also released his annual 2019 report which highlighted community engagement and outreach. Yep. How lovely.

Fast forward to the end of December 2020, with the Sheriff Hutchinson’s blessing, his officers’ stormed into this family’s home and traumatized a small child with a disability after they killed his brother and harassed their entire family. Now you ask; where is the outrage from our community? where are all those people telling folks to vote for him because he was going to be kind and compassionate.

You see we reap who we vote for. I am profoundly disappointed in this Sheriff’s response to this child who clearly (anyone who watched that horrifying video could see) was scared and did not understand what was happening. But I am livid and pissed at those from our community who do not understand policy from poop and allow our votes to be taken for granted.

Above words do not reflect any candidate, agency, or committee.

Idil – Somali Autism Mom


Comments Off on 2020 – GoodBye and Good Riddance From Around the Globe

Alright – so, 2020 has been a bad-ass year for everyone in the whole world. No one could’ve imagined a pandemic that would rock all of us to our core in unimaginable ways. 2020 has been hard for all of us, but especially kids and adults with autism. Social communication and social skills are core deficits for individuals with autism. We (parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists, etc.) work hard teaching social skills and social communication to autistic individuals. Then with Carona, that was out the window, social distancing and masks became the norm.

Look me in the eye, say what I say, do what I do, give a hug, smile, touch blue, touch car, etc. and etc. were skills our kids needed and were taught. 2020 made all of these impossible. I remember it took months to teach my son to look people in the eye or give a hug. Now all of the sudden, we had to say no hugs, don’t get close and how do you even teach verbal imitation when your mouth is covered with a mask. How do you teach any skill to an autistic kid through a computer or online. It is impossible.

2020 has been specially difficult for autism families because it demanded the opposite of everything we worked so hard to achieve.

So, like a bad politician; I say to 2020 – goodbye and good riddance. May 2021 be a year full of happiness, health and prosperity for autistic children and their families.

Above words do not reflect any candidate, agency or committee

Idil – Somali Autism Mom