January 2020

The Unintended Consequences of the IDEA

However, an unforeseen side effect of the IDEA’s deficit-oriented focus upon disability has created a dilemma for parents of autistic children and has fostered a problem-oriented societal approach to autistic people in general.

How mastering the Vault taught me better advocacy

It doesn’t speak to me about grit or determination or courage or tenacity either, though for some it might. For me it speaks about the importance of understanding that success consists of living, sometimes for excessively tedious amounts of time in a predominant state of failure.

3D Cartoon drawing of a neuron and a miniature doctor walking on the axon like a tightrope.

A Letter to Pro-Cure Autistic People

I promise that I will always try to approach the idea of a cure or treatment with compassion in mind. If someone feels they need to be cured, it’s logical to reason that they are hurting. I will try to keep this in mind to avoid minimizing any harm.

A Child in a Straight Jacket

One man sheds light on a terrifying reality for many autistics– that families commit their autistic children to psychiatric hospitals where they are abused, mistreated, restrained, and secluded.

A young boy with autism faces an abstract wall of rainbow colors

The Coat Closet – An Autism Seclusion Story

Mike Wise recalls his time as an autistic student placed in seclusion as a punishment for being impulsive or not getting his work done.

Seclusion Broke My Heart

Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.

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