With it being Mental Health Awareness Month nationally, my day program for their weekly newsletter we were asked to give our opinion on the changes of stigma. While it has good and bad points, the autism community has its points also.
So another week has came and gone. Last Friday, our State Government announced that effective this Friday morning we will be moving to the Yellow phase of the reopening plan for the reopening plan. However, not much in what was considered my regular routine will continue to exist.
As I stated in my earlier post today; I stated I would give a more thorough post on how I am doing since we have been following stay at home orders for almost a month and personally choosing to self-isolate since. But first, we have to time travel back six weeks to see where it … Continue reading Almost Six Weeks Later, Still here waiting for the Yellow Light to go to the next step
The number of people with autism is reaching record numbers. Experts say over the next decade half a million will enter adulthood, and face a number of issues, including finding a job. Source: NYC School Working On Improving Chances Of Adults With Autism Finding Full-Time Employment
Tonight, I saw a post about a young woman with down syndrome working as a cart attendant at a Kroger and how some customers treated her, but she kept her composure and did her job anyway. Likewise, this was my first job 17 years ago. My job also included cleaning, trash removal and bagging groceries. … Continue reading We’re not closing, we’re evolving – a tribute to employment and change
I am the mother of Elijah, a 25-year-old young man on the autism spectrum. When he received his diagnosis at age 4, following two years of terrifying seizures, I was teaching German literature at Bard College in New York. I loved being a professor, but when Elijah’s struggles began to have a greater impact on … Continue reading Young adults with autism flounder in face of service gaps
Listen to this story: https://webplayer.spokenlayer.net/0.1/webplayer.js Listen to this story on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play, or with Alexa or Google Home. Ask for 'Spectrum Autism Research' For the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have run a social-skills group for children with autism, ages 5 to 18 years. Our program teaches the … Continue reading How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood
Autistic people aren't a monolith. It helps both autistic people and writers to recognise that. Source: Why We Need Diverse Autism Representations in Media » The Aspergian
Wendy Katz has an inspiring, empowering, beautiful resolution mighty enough to last for a decade of work and revolutionary in its simplicity.Read More → Source: A 2020 Resolution to Unmask and Live Unapologetically and Authentically » The Aspergian
Yvonne Pinkston said officials at Fiske Elementary School abused her son. The family of a 9-year-old Chicago student sued the city's school system this week, accusing staff members of manhandling the boy and forcing him out of the building in 40-degree weather without a coat. Yvonne Pinkston, the boy's mother, said officials at Fiske Elementary School on … Continue reading Chicago school’s staff threw 9-year-old into the cold and reported him missing, lawsuit says