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Another Take on Autistic Cultural Compentency | Think Inclusive. By Lydia Wayman In William Stillman’s February, 2014 article on the Huffington Post titled Autism: A New Cultural Competency, Stillman uses the term Autism Cultural Competency to refer to the idea that the time has come for our culture to build its competence in how it approaches autistic people. He says that our culture misunderstands and misinterprets those of us whose brains cause us to behave differently than most, and that we would do well to learn to make “compassionate accommodations” for those with differences.

I could not agree more with Stillman’s suggestion. Yet, not in any kind of opposition but more of an altogether different direction, I read the words Autism Cultural Competency and took them to mean something slightly different. Anyone who has spent time around a group of autistic people knows that we do, indeed, have our own culture. First, the autistic developmental trajectory directly informs the way we establish our culture.

Free Stuff for Adults with Disabilities (and/or Special Needs) I’m deaf, with PTSD & TBI and I have never had much money. I’m also a travel junkie. I have found ways to travel the world for free or cheap on numerous occasions. Obviously, my travel parameters are going to be different from those who have disabilities different from mine – I don’t use a wheelchair, I don’t use an attendant, and I can speak for myself. BUT the first rule of travel is something like, “If you don’t believe it, nobody will.” You have absolutely got to hold tight to what you want and what your vision is. Here are some places to start: MIUSA: Mobility International. The Foundation Center: search foundations to apply for funds.

Transitions Abroad: one of the king-beasts in websites for living/working abroad (along with Dave’s ESL Cafe) – definitely opportunities to find free ways to travel or jobs. Google: I don’t mean to be flippant, but you have to research. ABA and the Thorny Problem of Control and Consent | Think Inclusive. Editor’s Note: This post was originally written for a Canadian audience but the information is still relevant for the United States and other parts of the world. This post discusses applied behaviour analysis (ABA) as an autism “therapy” and includes references to both animal and child abuse. It may therefore be upsetting and/or triggering for some. A version of this article was first published at Further reading It may be odd to start a blog post with some suggestions for other posts you should read, but here we are.

ABA by Unstrange Mind – if you read only one thing on ABA and autism, this is the post to read. Why I Left ABA by Socially Anxious Advocate – I found this perspective from a former ABA therapist fascinating and the post includes links to other excellent resources which address ABA and autism. Would You Accept This Behaviour Towards a Non-Autistic Child? Thoughts about terminology ABA is both a broad term and a broad discipline. Thoughts for parents. Five ways to damage autistic children without even knowing | Autistic, Not Weird. Yep, uncomfortable title. But sadly, these are subjects that I feel we have a responsibility to talk about.

Today, I’m going to share some habits that I’ve seen in a wide variety of contexts: some of them in my career in education (mainstream and special), some of them from people dealing with me as a man with Asperger Syndrome, some of them I’ve seen in the form of internet comments, and so on. Although often done unknowingly- hence the article title- these habits have the potential to do harm. This is a tricky subject, I know, but these are five mistakes that need discussing. You’d be surprised how easy it is to make them. Rather importantly, this is not specifically a guide for parents. (Not being a parent myself, I don’t claim to have any insight specific to parenting.) (Oh- and since I wrote this article, it’s became by far the most read on Autistic Not Weird. Ok, deep breath. 1) Talk about them like they’re not in the room. I’ll let this badly-drawn picture do the talking. Why? Related. Compliance / Social Skills / ABA / Indistinguishability Resources | Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance.

Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance Change the world, not your Autistic child! Compliance / Social Skills / ABA / Indistinguishability Resources Image description: The words Compliance, indistiquishability, social skills training, ABA, and whole body listening are at the top in varying shades of gray. In Red the text reads: Things you need to read before subjecting your child to interventions and therapies… There is an immense amount of pressure on parents to subject Autistic children to therapies and interventions which aim to coerce children into behaving according to social norms.

Share this: Like this: educationcomboplatter | August 1, 2015 at 5:31 PM Thank you! Leave a Reply Create a free website or blog at Follow Get every new post delivered to your Inbox. Join 102 other followers Build a website with %d bloggers like this: Why a Transcript is Not Enough to Make Videos Accessible. If you want to make your online videos accessible to people with disabilities, you’ll need more than just a video transcript.Transcripts are adequate to make audio content accessible to deaf or hard-of-hearing users, but videos need closed captions and video description to be fully accessible to everyone. Closed CaptionsClosed captions are a textual representation of the sounds on a video, timed with the action on screen.

They capture not just the speech but also essential sounds, like [doorbell], [laughter], [applause], etc.Closed captions appear on the bottom (or top) of the screen as the video plays. This allows the viewer to read the text and absorb the visuals at the same time. “Ultimately, a video transcript does not offer an equivalence experience for deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers.”Without closed captions, a deaf viewer would have to switch back and forth between watching a video and reading a transcript.

QUIZ: What Captioning Laws Apply to You? Rev. Cyn: Standing, Rolling, Dancing, Singing, Praying, Preaching, Acting on the Side of Love. At our the preceding Ministry Days preceding the UU General Assembly, ableist language was used in worship to the extent that UUMA Board Member Josh Pawelek issued this response: Clearly there is a problem with ableism in our public presentation. Public statements, music, stories and metaphors that perpetuate ableism have been hurtful to colleagues. As with any oppression, this ableism likely runs deeper than our public presentation.

I remain grateful to all those who are willing to call it to our attention, and I am deeply sorry that such calling is still necessary. (The full response is here.) The most prominent example of ableist language in our movement, however, is our social justice arm: Standing on the Side of Love. Step 1: Start including our non-standing bodies in the message. Step 2: Offer more and more words as options -- we can dance, pray, sing, and act in lots of ways "on the Side of Love.

" They Said She Wasn't Ready (four times) This post tells of the obstacles that we faced when we decided to pursue high tech AAC for Maya, and the ways that it has shaped her academic path. Some of it is kind of a review, but there's a great new video at the bottom, too. This relates directly to the (amazing) "Myth of AAC Pre-Requisite Skills" blog post that circulated earlier this week.

My introduction to AAC came in a support group meeting (for parents of kids with special needs). I was talking about how I really didn’t know what Maya knew, or understood, and how I wish I could find a way for her to communicate. One of the moderators said “You should go see Mark, he does assistive tech” and the other nodded and agreed, and that night I went home and started researching and was blown away by the different systems and devices (and a very small number of apps) that were out there: a whole world that I didn’t know about. That was a kind of pre-obstacle in our path to obtaining AAC: no one told us about it.

She’s reading. ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘Finding Nemo’ change the way we see disability. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the regal tang at the center of ‘”Finding Dory.” (Disney/Pixar) Forget “Me Before You,” the weepy romantic drama about a quadriplegic man, the young woman who falls in love with him while working as his caregiver and his plans to commit suicide, which has come under fire from disability activists. The biggest movie about characters with disabilities hits theaters Friday, and if history is any record, it’s likely to be a massive global hit. Of course, it says a lot about the state of storytelling about disability in Hollywood that the characters in question are cartoon fish. But the entertainment industry’s larger failings in no way diminish “Finding Dory,” the sequel to the 2003 Pixar smash “Finding Nemo.”

It’s easy to read both films broadly as stories about parents learning to trust their children; for all their charming specificity, Pixar movies are designed to tug heartstrings as widely as possible. Opinions act-four Orlando Shooting Updates post_newsletter348 true.