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Self Advocacy

The Weight of Our Words: Self-Advocate Speaks Out Against the R-word

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

The use of the R-word may seem harmless enough -- until real people get hurt. That one simple word affects people deeply. It hurts people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it hurts their families and it hurts their friends.

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

Autism Fantasy, Autism Reality

Todd Drezner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Yes, autistic people face challenges, some of them severe, but to present their lives as nothing more than unrelenting tragedy and despair is simply dishonest.

Self-Advocacy for Individuals with Special Needs

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There is a whole giant world outside of school, a world without the cushion of educators and therapists. In this world -- the "real world" -- the grocery store clerk is impatient, the librarian is too busy, the MTA employee isn't aware and the boss simply doesn't care.

The Importance of Self Advocacy

Antonio Lucio | Posted 02.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Antonio Lucio

Self-advocacy and thirst for feedback, are essential qualities for career management and life - from the classroom to the boardroom.