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So, for those who missed yesterday's Al Jazeera English The Stream Autism Spectrum segment: Ari Ne'eman, Steve Silberman, and I were part of a group discussion on autism rights, acceptance, inclusion, and education. Video below:
...and if you want to continue exploring the themes of the Al Jazeera segment -- rights, acceptance, you can watch and listen to my Autism Parenting and Gratitude Webinar for The Reading Clinic. I also talked about finding role models in the autistic and parent communities, and about parents being kind to themselves so they can be the parent their kid needs. And, oh, a lot more -- the webinar is just a bit more than an hour long.
Also today on BlogHer, I wrote Do the Right Thing: April 2 Is Autism Acceptance Month. Excerpt:
You don't want to be on the wrong side of history, do you? That's a question we're hearing a lot just now. And I think it's a particularly important question to ask yourself today, during Autism Acceptance Day, and throughout April, which is Autism Acceptance Month. It's important for you to accept and then help other people understand that autistic people like my son are your fellow human beings, with your same inalienable rights to live happy and pity-free lives. That whatever their needs and abilities, autistic people are not "less" than other people.And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance [Kindle Edition]. It contains the work of many wonderful Autistics and allies, including Kassiane Sibley, Zoe Gross, Shain Neumeier, and Lydia Brown, and was edited by Julia Bascom. It also includes my essay "All Done Autism Acceptance." From Steve Silberman's review:
"Rethinking social conventions in light of autism is precisely the goal of another just-published ebook called And Straight On Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance. The third title published by a non-profit group called the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, it is an anthology of essays about autism written from the inside. Each of the contributors to the book is on the spectrum themselves, the parent of an autistic child, or an ally in the disability rights movement."I also contributed to autism & apps posts for Parenting.com and Tech in Special Ed, but I talked about those already, on today's previous post.
Since Autism Acceptance Day is just the lead-in to Autism Acceptance Month, here are some AAM projects for you to keep on top of during April 2013.
- At Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
- The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's Autism Acceptance Month project
- Paula Durbin-Westby's Autism Acceptance Month initiative