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Five of Our Best Posts on Autism Acceptance

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While autism acceptance or at the very least autism awareness receives the spotlight in April, we at Think Inclusive promote autism acceptance year round. Over the past few years we proudly published pieces geared to help our readers better understand autism. For a limited time we open the Think Inclusive archives to the general public so everyone can read or reread our best autism content. Enjoy!

Why Autism Speaks Hurts Us” by Amy Sequenzia (Guest Blogger)

Leaders in a movement essentially shape attitudes towards the given issue, an occurrence guest blogger Amy Sequenzia puts into context regarding Autism Speaks and autism advocacy. Autism Speaks’ negative view on the disability influenced Amy to see her autism negatively. However, through life experiences she eventually abandoned those notions to recognize autism as an important part to her personality. In “Why Autism Speaks Hurts Us” Amy highlights the dangers Autism Speaks casts.

My Decision to Homeschool My Son with Autism” by Allison Trotter (Guest Blogger)

In her Think Inclusive guest post Allison Trotter addresses autism and education. Specifically, Allison discusses why she decided to homeschool her autistic son Jackson. Using an analogy she demonstrates a student with autism can learn in the large school setting but successful placement requires one critical element, an element Jackson’s school unfortunately lacked.

The Best Argument Against Autism Speaks: A Special Educator’s Perspective” by Tim Villegas

If guest blogger Amy Sequenzia’s previously highlighted post didn’t remedy your curiosity about why so many call foul on Autism Speaks, Think Inclusive founder Tim Villegas will. Tim shares his passionate, thorough, and compelling argument against Autism Speaks, even using the organization’s own words to identify their missteps. As Tim’s title suggests he offers a special educator’s perspective on the situation.

Passing: How to Play Normal” by Larkin Taylor-Parker (Guest Blogger)

After reading guest blogger Larkin Taylor-Parker’s post you may become more self-conscious over what you say and around whom. Larkin’s Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis lands her on the autism spectrum. Yet due to Larkin’s parents heavily criticizing her social behavior as a child she learned to “play normal,” faking behaviors to gain acceptance from us neurotypical people. Judging by Larkin’s last paragraph that acceptance appears not the Holy Grail we on the outside might envision.

Autistic: On the Outside Looking In” by Steve Summers (Guest Blogger)

Autistic people who don’t adapt to our neurotypical way will probably experience social exclusion, the topic guest blogger Steve Summers addresses in his post. Steve expresses the hurt and confusion he feels encountering exclusion. These instances range from someone hiding a “Happy Birthday” Facebook post he gave to not getting invited to parties. All in all Steve’s insights stands a great conversation starter about autism and socializing.

Photo Credit: Philippa Willitts

We Created Wearable QR Codes to Keep Our Son Safe

a picture of erin and bruce wilson with their son jay

By Erin Wilson My fun-loving and active 14-year-old son, Jay, has severe autism. He has found benefit and great enjoyment through inclusion programs at school and in his extra-curricular activities. Inclusion Helps Develop Lifelong Acceptance We … [Continue reading]

Donald Trump Is Bad for Students with Disabilities and America

donald trump in greenville, south carolina

Where does Trump stand on educating students with disabilities or disabled people in general? If Trump's mocking of a reporter with a disability in November of 2015 or the title of his book (Crippled America) is any indication, one can only infer … [Continue reading]

Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching Special Education

a picture of the front of a circa 1930's school building in Pasadena, CA

Nothing prepares you for that first day of teaching. I can still remember calling my wife during my lunch break (hey...I taught in California then...breaks were mandated) almost in tears...saying "I have absolutely NO idea what I am doing". But … [Continue reading]

The Pitfalls of Passing and Not Passing

a watercolor painting of a scene from the activision video game of pitfall. a person with a labcoat is swinging over a pond filled with crocodiles with a rainbow trail behind them.

By Kit Mead I have never learned to pass—not fully. Sometimes I do look like a person you could see in the street or in the grocery store and never peg as neurologically different. But I never leave the house without my headphones to protect … [Continue reading]

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

By Amy Williams Don't judge a book by its cover.  I silently repeat that phrase to myself a lot these days. As I overhear parents in the checkout line at the grocery store, my heart breaks. I hear whispers, “If that were my kid…” or “I can’t … [Continue reading]

What They Don’t Know Will Hurt Them: Going Beyond Instructional Level for Students with Disabilities

a sculpture in the middle of the park with large capital letters that reads, everything is connected

By Robin Pegg What does it mean to be relevant? Relevancy is defined at Dictionary.com as the condition of being relevant, bearing upon or being connected with the matter at hand, being pertinent. Think about your life right now, sitting wherever … [Continue reading]

Promises Every Special Educator Should Make to Their Students’ Parents

a close up of a small child with his head on top of his hands sitting down intently looking at his teacher. the word promise is overlaid on top of the image five times

Editor's Note: This post was written in 2012 and has been updated with a few small changes to the original posting including a new featured image as well as an eleventh promise.  Promises are important. Being an educator can be a lot of fun, but it … [Continue reading]

5 Strategies for Positive Behavior Support in Inclusive Classrooms

a classroom with rows of desks with a large flat screen TV in the front of the classroom

By Megan Gross I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool … [Continue reading]

Passing: How to Play Normal

image of a tuba laying on its side on a wooden surface

By Larkin Taylor-Parker I look like someone you might trust to hold the spare key if we were neighbors. We could eat at the same restaurant or cross paths in the grocery store. We might forage the same yard sales. I look like I could be someone … [Continue reading]

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