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Self Advocacy

Guide to a Guilt-Free and Gluten-Free Holiday

Hannah Ross Crane | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Hannah Ross Crane

Thankfully I'm lucky enough to have incredibly supportive family and friends. My network not only loves me, but they get me! They understand my nervousness and concerns about food that I don't prepare myself and they understand when I won't eat something and why. They take the time to learn and educate themselves, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Six Hearing Aids, Two Cochlear Implants and a Roger Pen Walked Into a Bar

Shari Eberts | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

Dining out at a restaurant can be problematic these days. Noise levels have grown, tables are stacked closer and closer together, and glass and hardwood are all the rage for decor, leaving even less cushioning or carpet behind for sound absorption. Layer hearing loss on top of all this, and dining out can be quite a challenge.

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

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 12.29.2015 | 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.