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a young girl with a shaved head is working on a project in a classroom. there is racial and ethnic diversity among the students and the teacher. article is about autism and social stories being harmful for disability rights.

Social Stories for Autism and the Harm They Can Cause

Social stories should be for the whole class, because that is what inclusion means. They should focus on the values that drive cooperation and embrace difference. Social stories should encourage inclusion, and that means trying to find ways to include everyone and addressing those most likely to create a culture of exclusion.

Autism, Fire Alarms, & School Fire Drills

For many autistic students, school fire drills can be deeply upsetting. For Alex, the fear of the next one was so traumatizing that it prevented access to a free and appropriate education.

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Challenges and discrimination for autistic children in school

The pure lack of knowledge and understanding of Autism has been the catalyst for teachers treating Scott with utter disrespect, neglect, and abuse. I am a teacher myself, and my husband is a manager in the health and disability sector. We have walked away from many meetings scratching our heads at the utter ignorance and inflexibility in attitudes and practices.

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