The ACI Summer Institute is a week-long training for Autistic college students. The training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their college campuses.
Curriculum based in collaboration with the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in the Empowering Disabled Leaders handbook and materials produced and developed with the help of University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability.
The participants will learn how to engage in activism and advocacy activities on their college campuses.
AWN both recognizes and affirms each individual’s gender identity. We will not tolerate abusive behavior based on perceived or actual gender identity and presentation. We recognize that gender is not a binary, and that one can identify with “woman” and a non-binary gender at the same time. We also recognize that some people may have a varying gender identity, and may identify as a woman at some times but not others. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all women, and supporters of women, to join our community.
So, I am now a 3rd year at UC Davis, and have been involved in many campus organizations.
The Autism Awareness Association is one which I pay close attention to on Facebook, and I occasionally go to its meetings. It was started by an autistic student Jay Lytton quite a few years back, and I think he had good intentions, wanting autistic college students to get the resourses they need. However, he has graduated before I set foot in Davis. Ever since I have known about the club, I had the suspicion that it was going to lean in the curebie direction, considering its association with the MIND Institute, and you named it, Autism Speaks!!! And of course, the "awareness" title surely doesn't help, because what good does "awareness" do when one doesn't also advocate for acceptance?
I am usually a very happy person. I am not happy all the time and my face does not always show the depth of my emotions. Sometimes my body reaction to situations is very similar, even when I experience opposite emotions.
It seems a little complicated but the fact is that I am happy. I can even be happy after a seizure. That is because I am very comfortable being myself, despite all my needs, despite the seizures and despite all the bad things that happened or were said to me.
I am writing this because I am an autistic who does not want to be cured.
I like gangsta rap but it is considered offensive by a lot of people. I do not like jokes involving violence, minority bashing, making fun of people with disabilities, jokes involving cruelty to animals etc. But I do like a lot of jokes where people for example exaggerate and make fun of things that relate to themselves or their own culture.
When it is safe to talk about your appreciation for racial humour?
Why am I writing a letter to Disney? Click >>> here <<< for the story. When I receive a response from Disney, you'll be the first to hear about it.
Subject: Disability Grievance
My child is eight years old and autistic. During a visit to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in June 2012, we discovered system-wide problems with your disability policy, accommodations request system, and providing accommodations to autistic persons. This letter describes our disability grievance and recommendations to correct those issues.
1. My son is 8 years old and is diagnosed with autism. His autism includes hypotonia, high sensory reactivity, motor skills problems, auditory and visual perception problems. Hypotonia means he has very low physical endurance. He can neither walk long distances, nor sit for a long time (sitting takes core muscle strength), no tolerate temperature extremes. He has difficulty judging depth and distance, which means I often must carry him (off and on vehicles, toys, play structures, bathtubs, carousels, beds, etc), or guide him physically, or move his limbs. He is highly reactive to certain visuals, like flags, dresses, crowds, and to certain sounds, like people talking at once and to crowds. He doesn't climb, balance, or coordinate movements well. He's photosensitive to bright light, sunlight, and flash photography. His autism means he can't communicate when he's near a breaking point, only after he's reached a breaking point caused by the stress of managing these challenges.
Busting Myths About Autistic Girls and Women, One Unicorn at a Time
"Autistic and Female: They say That's Rare and so Many Other Things"
Written by Carol Greenburg
We Unicorns seldom have a chance to gather in the magical wild lands of Manhattan, but thanks to a press pass arranged by Sharon daVanport, president of Autism Women's Network, I got to meet another of my species at a panel entitled Autistic and Female: They say That's Rare and so Many Other Things at the Disability Studies in Education conference at Hunter College, on May 27.
I've heard that what makes me different Also makes me wrong or bad That just because I'm different Means that I should be sad. But I am here to tell you That different's not all plight That this thing which makes me different Is the reason why I write. Without my brand of different I might not have a voice unique Rather than express myself via keyboard I might be prone to speak. Now, there's nothing wrong with speaking Please do hear me through I just happen to love typing Each day sparks my mind anew. Next time you might curse different Clothe your cursing in this shawl That it's not so bad, this different It can be beautiful, after all.