Note: As part of my Day Program, I contribure to the program's newsletter. In June 2021, that Newsletter transitoned to a monthly basis as much of the elements of the program are back to a in-person status. New Year's Resolution I usually start off the new year with several resolutions. However, I am going tofocus… Continue reading Union Station News: Volume 1, Issue 10, January 2022
Month: January 2022
Adulting: Being Who You Truly Want to Be
Spending over three years being an independent autistic man, and now being at the point I can finally say that after a three year rumspringa of sorts of playing almost roulette with my wellness, I can finally say that I am in a good place mentally and can see what putting in the fruits of my labor can do my life and the potential of it going forward.
Latinx Families Ask For Equal Services For Their Children With Disabilities
by Claudia Boyd-Barrett, California Health Report (via Disability Scoop) | January 28, 2022 LOS ANGELES — Mayra Jimenez picked up her phone and braced herself. She was trying — again — to get independent living skills training for her son Bryan, who has autism. If she and her husband had a way to access the training… Continue reading Latinx Families Ask For Equal Services For Their Children With Disabilities
Schools Use Off-Book Suspensions To Push Out Students In Special Ed, Report Finds
In a new report, the National Disability Rights Network says that schools are using a wide range of tactics to keep children with disabilities out of classes. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)
Left Behind: Medicaid Patients Say Rides To Doctors Don’t Always Come
by Rebecca Grapevine, Georgia Health News and Andy Miller | January 26, 2022 States must set up transportation to medical appointments for people with disabilities enrolled in Medicaid. But patients say those rides are showing up late — and sometimes not at all. (Disability Scoop) Tranisha Rockmore and her daughter Karisma waited at an Atlanta… Continue reading Left Behind: Medicaid Patients Say Rides To Doctors Don’t Always Come
A Different Approach In An Ever-Changing World
In an ever-changing world, life presents challenges for everyone. In an autistic world, these challenges can be amplified because in the big scheme of things they are really hard and bigger than what they seem, when in reality they can be a really small roadblock that may require a detour in our journey.
Wellness Wednesday: Trying My Best
I am at a place now where I am more content and can learn from experience. Compared to even a few months ago when you could see small signs by me masking when I wasn’t doing what I needed to do, there has been an improvement and many of my supporters can see a difference.
FDA Fast-Tracks Device To Assess Autism Risk Using Hair
A single strand of hair may be all that’s needed to determine whether a child is likely to have autism.
Trauma Lingers For Students Who Experienced Repeated Seclusion And Restraint
FREDERICK, Md. — It was the first day of third grade, and James had been in school for 19 minutes.
How Technology Can Help People With Disabilities Become More Independent
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thanks to American Rescue Plan funds, more Tennesseans with disabilities will hopefully be getting services they need, aimed at supporting them in their homes and communities. One state program, Enabling Technology, introduces gadgets to lessen dependence on in-home helpers.
Social Security Offices Expected To Reopen Soon
Social Security is targeting late March to reopen its local field offices. (Disability Scoop) For the first time in two years, Social Security offices nationwide are set to open their doors. The Social Security Administration is expected to reopen more than 1,200 field offices starting March 30 under an agreement reached this month with the… Continue reading Social Security Offices Expected To Reopen Soon
Adulting Special: Driver’s LIcense 3-Year Anniversary
A little fact known about me is the fact that I am a licensed driver. It was something that over three years ago decided to do on a whim. While many autistics cannot fathom the idea of driving an automobile, some cannot, and while I pursued what I thought was unimaginable to do, I did. I haven’t really taken it much further because, like many autistics, it seems scary and hard to do.
Concentrating On COVID: Being Flexible
In the two years we have been fighting COVID-19, the first thing, while it can be very hard to autistics is the need to be flexible and adapt to situations that need to be changed, sometimes at a moment’s notice With COVID, this can happen because it is many times out of the control of those that can make the decision for us.
As many that are involved in the autism community know, Amazon’s new series As We See It premiered at the end of last week. I feel that it had an effect on me realizing just how lucky I have been over my adult years to have the opportunities presented to me in my life.
Could A Video Game Help Reduce Autism Symptoms?
by Shaun Heasley, Disaability Scoop | January 21, 2022 Brittany Travers, a University of Wisconsin–Madison investigator, with a study participant during a training session for a video game that helps improve balance in teenagers with autism. (Andy Manis/UW System) New research suggests that a balance-training video game could not only lead to improvements in posture… Continue reading Could A Video Game Help Reduce Autism Symptoms?
Vlogs for the Past Week
Vlogs from the past week.
The Power of Advocating For Yourself
Living with my parents for most of 33 years of my life or being under some sort of supervisory control has always made me feel as if I have to go along with what people say, ask or do. But what if you are given a choice? For me after years of just following the flow, I had to realize that nothing can change without advocating for what YOU want because YOU know what is right.
Wellness Wednesday: Learning To Savor
As many know, I had a good start to losing weight in 2022, however it came with a setback this past week into this current week. I am hoping to get back on track as I have a saving grace that will pave the way forward towards me getting to my goals for 2022.
Amazon Debuts Show Starring Actors With Autism
The creator of television’s “Parenthood” is back with a new show about a group of 20-somethings with autism all of whom are played by actors who are on the spectrum themselves.
Concentrating On COVID: The Effects Of Our Mental Health
We are nearing the two year point from when the first COVID-19 case was discovered in the United States. Throughout the highs and lows of the pandemic, the effects on the mental health of many has taken a toll across the board from the exhaustion of the looming pandemic that doesn’t seem to have a end in sight.