Four moms, all with austism diagnoses and all who have children on the spectrum, offer insights into what it’s like to be an austic parent.
“This morning, we were awakened to the horror of the largest mass shooting in United States history. It is hard to ignore the shock of such news, and impossible at this early stage to determine the motive of the 64-year-old shooter.
“What we do know is this. The families of the at least 58 who died and the 500+ who were injured will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives. Long after the physical wounds have healed, the trauma will remain. It is critically important that we recognize and understand this, and do all that we can to offer the help and support that these individuals, families, and loved ones need. Continue reading Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, on Las Vegas Shooting | Mental Health America
Today I kick off the “3-Minute Autism Advice” series with some insight into what ‘normal’ is and what it isn’t.
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A few years ago, I was the only diagnosed autistic staff member in a special school. The rest of the staff weren’t autistic, but many jokingly claimed to be. “Oh, that must be my autism,” some would say as they parked their car in the same space each morning. (Meanwhile, I just parked wherever was…
There is never a need to put solely a non-disabled person on stage to ‘ablesplain’ disability to disabled people. One should look for respectful co-working. One should find disabled people to be the experts also.
DENVER — Every time Jacque Pearson tried to devise a plan to move her 81-year-old dad, who has Alzheimer’s, from his home in Boise, Idaho, to hers in Denver, she felt stuck. Then, two weeks ago, she had a breakthrough.
It happened at an AARP-sponsored session in which Pearson created a “CareMap” — a hand-drawn picture showing all the people she cares for as well as the people surrounding those individuals and her own sources of support. Continue reading Caregivers Draw Support By Mapping Their Relationships
There’s lots of “information” floating around about autism that’s just plain inaccurate – and also really harmful. This comic debunks several common misconceptions. Are there any more you’d add to the list?
In February, we announced the release of our plain language toolkit, “They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials.” Now, we’re pleased to share our newly-created Easy Read version of this toolkit.
The Easy Read Edition uses pictures along with text, and has more white space. It’s written in easy-to-understand language and is screenreader-friendly. This version of the toolkit is divided into 9 parts, including “Who has the power to make laws?”, “How can I talk to my elected officials?”, and “All about voting”. This Easy Read toolkit covers:
- Who our elected officials are
- How to contact your elected officials
- Strategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected officials
- How to use social media for political advocacy
- The basics of voting: why, how, and when
They Work For Us: Easy Read Edition is the latest entry in ASAN’s ongoing series of toolkits covering the basics of civic engagement. These toolkits aim to help people with disabilities become active participants in our democracy. We encourage you to share this toolkit widely so that we can give as many self-advocates as possible the tools we need to tell lawmakers: Nothing about us without us!
I do not consider my mother an autism warrior mom. Warrior moms and my mother are very different. Take autism warrior moms. They prescribe restrictive diets. They have “therapists” beat the children, starve the children and hold their children’s favorite things above their heads until they exhibit neurotypical behavior. Of course, I am referring to Applied Behavior Analysis. They don’t give any rewards until the child passes for neurotypical in the therapists’ eyes. They even pump caustic bleach up the child’s rectum in hopes for a “cure” for autism. And when their children finally grow up and rebel, they often murder the child, and society takes their side.
My mother was not the usual autism warrior mom. Sure, she’s a warrior and a mom, but she knows that things are there to protect me, not her ego. She never did things like restrictive diets, ABA and CD/MMS to Make Cambria…
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