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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autism Acceptance Day & Month: Do This, Not That | Circa , April 1, 2017

Autism news and resources: from autistic people, professionals, and parents Welcome to April, that wonderful month of northern hemisphere spring blossoms, less wonderful seasonal allergy attacks—and “Autism Awareness.” Here at TPGA, we have a long tradition of skepticism about Autism Awareness material. We are not being party-poopers; we focus on Autism Acceptance instead. Why? As we noted last […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Finding the Right Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) For Your Autistic Child

Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLPwww.TherapistNDC.org After your loved one receives a diagnosis of Autism, your physician, school, family members, friends and possibly even total strangers may bombard you with (possibly unsolicited) advice for the next steps to take. One such step your family may actually want to consider is to seek the services of a Speech-Language […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: “Our Own Little Worlds”

Devin S. Turk twitter.com/AuroralAutistic   As I have become more involved with the autistic self-advocacy movement, I’ve found myself paying more and more attention to how non-autistic populations talk about us. I have often heard my beautiful, vibrant community described by non-autistics with words like “disease” and “epidemic.” Even if it’s not as blatant, the language […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Eye Contact: For The Recipient’s Validation Only

Autism news and resources: from autistic people, professionals, and parents   Imagine if you will a quiet world, well ordered as long as everything has its place. Imagine a warmth, cozy and comfortingly familiar. Your own warmth, just your own. Now imagine headlights, bright and intrusive as in a winters night, burning and intense. They […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Why I Hate ABA: A Personal Opinion

ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) as a discipline, requires autistic children to appear as if they are typical children. It doesn’t matter how kind and well meaning the teacher, whether they are autistic or not, a loving parent or not—the outcome is that the “successful” autistic child ceases the behaviour that defines them as autistic. They […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: How to Be The Teacher Our Autistic Students Need

I am a special education teacher who happens to have an autistic teen and a recent autism diagnosis of my own. I’ve sat on multiple sides of the table; I’ve seen a lot. And we’ve all seen the headlines where professionals have demeaned or abused students in their care. We all think, “I’m not like […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Artistic Collaboration Across Neurotypes: Autistic Artist Sonia Boué on the NUNO Project

Earlier this year, fourteen artists (with funding from Arts Council England) presented a unique exhibition called Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO). “Unique” in that the event featured an intricately-designed collaboration between autistic and non-autistic creatives. The project recently released a short film providing an overview of both the exhibition and the artists involved. To learn more, I recently communicated […]