Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

On Being a “Unicorn”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  -Benjamin Franklin   Usually writing comes easily to me. It’s one of the unexplainable gifts that comes with my autistic brain. I fully expected that I would sit down in front of the screen, access my...

Women at Work

When I founded Yes She Can in November 2013 I created the motto: Women with Autism. We work. With you. It was my vision that with proper training and support, women with autism could and should join the competitive workforce and work side by side with neuro-typical peers, whether it were shelving...

Adults and Autism: Insights and Changes from a Clinical Perspective

It has been six years since I first wrote on the topic of evidence-based behavioral health treatment for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I would like to revisit this subject to address progress in the field. Without substantive data to help guide behavioral and therapeutic...

The Dilemma of Aging Parents with Adults with Autism Still Living at Home

In a summary of key findings from the 2015 National Autism Indicators Report, we parents now have confirmation: “Young adults with autism had the lowest rate of independent living (19%) compared to their peers with other disabilities.”1 The 2015 State of the State in Developmental Disability...

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Autism Diagnosis at 22

At the age of twenty-two, I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, commonly known as “Asperger’s Syndrome.” On the autism spectrum, high-functioning individuals with autism generally don’t have developmental delays that are common in other parts of the spectrum. High-functioning autism...

Examining the Impact of H.R. 3054: The Global Autism Assistance Act of 2013

The Global Autism Assistance Act of 2013, known as H.R. 3054, is designed to provide training and education to teachers in developing countries with intervention and prevention treatment plans for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (GovTrack, 2014). It was introduced by Republican...

Advocating for Awareness of Wandering and How Avonte’s Law Can Help

Imagine celebrating a birthday party in your home. You have friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues over for a joyous occasion filled with laughter, celebration, and a relaxing evening of catching up with those you care about the most. The evening is going smoothly when all of a sudden you hear...

Blurred Lines-In Support of a Broader Interdisciplinary Model

It’s 6:00 PM on a Tuesday and Lindsey is taking her kids to swim practice.  In the back seat they’re talking excitedly about whatever the new game is while struggling to share an iPad, worn out from the day of school but excited for the evening ahead. Meanwhile, Lindsey is thinking about RSVPs...

ASD and the Local School District: How Parents Can Best Advocate for an Appropriate School Setting

Parents who have children with ASD can find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to determining the right school setting for their child. As a special education attorney representing families in New York City, I have found that determining an appropriate school program and placement...

Tips on Advocating for Your Child’s Education

Your child has just received an ASD diagnosis. Now what? In addition to all your other roles, you are now your child’s Education Advocate. Because of the wide spectrum of what autism can look like, a diagnosis doesn’t always happen during the early years. You could get there early when your...