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The 5 Levels of Inclusion

Autism-AwarenessDehumanization is one of the great societal tragedies. Once we dehumanize a group we are free to exclude them, deny their rights, and inflict violence. Whenever a particular group experiences dehumanization it is the weakest among them who face the most extreme consequences.  On most occasions these are those with disabilities. Inclusion prevents dehumanization. When a group is included they become real to the mainstream population.  What makes them real is the creation of physical, emotional, and intellectual ties or connections.  In short, inclusion makes those previously excluded fully human. When this occurs the mainstream population finds it much more difficult to exclude them socially,

Autistic Adults Shouldn’t Be Children of a Lesser God

A man with a puzzle on his head and a missing piece
April is Autism Awareness Month. While I truly hope Autism Awareness Month becomes Autism Acceptance Month, I realize there is a gaping awareness issue. Everyone is aware of autism in some capacity; they have heard the word at a cocktail party, they know someone either closely or very distantly, or have seen media in our hyper-connected world about autism.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder.
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Treating Developmental Disabilities

B9321304347Z.1_20160311163708_000_GKQDNONE3.1-0March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a national commemoration advocating opportunities for those affected by developmental disabilities to encourage them to reach their full potential. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 2 percent of the U.S. population, more than 7.5 million people, has a developmental disability. Approximately 125,000 newborn children are added to this group each year.

“Developmental disability” is an umbrella term that describes a chronic condition, identified during the course of a person’s early development, in which there are substantial adaptive functioning deficits related to a physical or mental impairment other than mental illness.

New Autism Book Urges Parents to Give Kids ‘Loving Push’

autism ribbonIn a new book by autism’s most famous spokesperson, Temple Grandin gives credit to her mother for nudging her outside her comfort zone, and she urges today’s parents to do the same for their children.

“The Loving Push,” co-written with psychologist Debra Moore, makes a convincing case that, more than other children, those on the spectrum need to be prodded to reach their potential.

“It can be tough to move our spectrum kids forward, because the autistic brain is usually very sensitive to change and novelty. Routines, rituals, and sameness are the preferred status quo,”

Autism—What Is It? Where Does it Come From?

always unique totally intelligent sometimes mysteriousIt is difficult to imagine how distressing it must be to have a son so sensitive to touch that he recoils whenever he is held. Perhaps it is easier to imagine the disruption if your daughter screamed with rage on leaving the house, unless you took her to the park she visited on her first excursion in a pram. Autism is a puzzling and frightening condition. As the recent furore concerning Andrew Wakefield’s research illustrates, it commands the attention of both the public and the medical profession. Given this high profile, it is surprising how few professional and lay people could explain what the diagnosis means,

What is ASD?

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