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College

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the growing number of college students on the spectrum.At The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Rebecca Elias and Susan W. White have an article titled “Autism Goes to College: Understanding the Needs of a Student Population on the Rise.” The abstract:Understanding the needs of adolescents and emerging adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)…

via Autism Goes to College — Autism Policy and Politics

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Great Suggestions from Mem Fox, Who Was Just Denied Entry into the U.S.

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. 2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. 3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and […]

via Mem Fox’s read-aloud commandments. — Fred Klonsky

How About Some Actually USEFUL Research?

Mu with iPad AAC ©Kerima ÇevikIt begins every February. Just after Valentine’s Day, the build up of hype to Autism Month kicks off with the media blasting “breakthroughs” “new research” “new hope” for autism. We grit our teeth and manage to get through it, but the latest “breakthrough” got on my husband’s last nerve. He…

via Autism Research Battle Fatigue — autism wars

Let’s Get That Website Back

In The Politics of Autism, I write about special education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.If you go to http://www.idea.ed.gov, it redirects tohttps://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/osep-idea.html with this note: “The servers hosting our idea.ed.gov website are experiencing technical issues. As we work to resolve this issue, information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can be found below.”One workaround is to go…

via IDEA Website Troubles — Autism Policy and Politics

The Vaccine Thing

Many posts have discussed Trump’s support for the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. (He also has a bad record on disability issues more generally.) The story that Trump might appoint anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head a presidential commission — whether on vaccines or autism — has provoked widespread reactions.Laurie Garrett writes at Newsday:Given Trump’s interest in Russia, he might be interested to know that the first claims of an association among…

via Autism, Vaccines, and Trump: The Hits Keep Coming — Autism Policy and Politics

More Party Giraffes!! (Thanks to “Yes,That Too”)

By inclination, I’m a bit of an imp. I will say a true thing (I’m nonbinary) in a slightly silly way, messing with people using truth. (“Good man. Wait. Woman.” gets responded to with “still no” followed by “nonbinary, good luck”.) This is a character trait, not an isolated incident. On National Coming Out Day,…

via Party Giraffe, Hot Spicy Autism, and Small Acts of NO. — Yes, That Too