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Uniquely Human Podcast #9 – Honoring the Culture of Autism with Michael John Carley

Uniquely Human Episode 9

Episode 9 – Honoring the Culture of Autism with Michael John Carley

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Michael John Carley joins us to discuss the importance of respecting autism culture in school and at work.

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Do you have a book or podcast club? If so, you may use this discussion guide to facilitate a conversation about this episode.

1) Michael raises the issue that changing the culture of schools is as important as using effective strategies to support students. How do you define culture, what does this mean to you, and how can we go about changing the culture of schools?

2) Michael also raises the issue that changing the culture of the workplace is essential for embracing autistic people as valued employees and colleagues. In your opinion, how can we make much needed change and progress in employment settings?

3) One theme in this podcast is the importance of self-determination and autistic identity in a neurotypical world. How do these important issues impact you as a parent, professional or friend of an autistic individual?

About the Speaker

Michael John Carley

Michael John Carley

Michael John Carley is the Consultant for Disability Inclusive Culture for the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Innovation (OGI) at New York University (NYU). He is the author of “Asperger’s From the Inside-Out,” “Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum,” the upcoming “The Book of Happy, Positive, and Confident Sex for Adults on the Autism Spectrum…and Beyond!” and over 60 columns, including “Autism Without Fear,” which for four years ran in the Huffington Post. He was the founding Executive Director for two disability non-profits in NYC; including GRASP, which he ran from 2003-2013 and which quickly became the largest membership organization in the world for adults on the autism spectrum. Outside of his duties for NYU he consults for other schools and businesses, holds a private practice for individual clients, serves on two Boards, and of his awards he highlights the 2011 honor in Bioethics from Columbia University. Over almost 20 years, he has been covered by every major media outlet and has enjoyed almost 250 contractually-arranged speaking engagements. In 2000, while a minor-league diplomat at the UN in his prior career, he and his older son were diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Show Notes

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About the Uniquely Human Podcast

Uniquely Human Podcast Founders Dave Finch and Dr. Barry Prizant

Hosted by autism scholar and author of Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry Prizant, and autistic humorist and author Dave Finch (The Journal of Best Practices), Uniquely Human: The Podcast expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge and practical information about the autistic experience.

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