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Links for Parents: 

Autism Links:

GRASP

I Can Network:  this mentor program is in Australia but the videos from young autistic adults are fabulous.  Your kid - CAN! :) 

Autism Society: check out their search engine, per state, per specific needs/accommodations

Aspie Criteria: teach your child to see themselves for their positive traits

Learn From Autistics: a site put together by a mother with an autistic child, on helpful ways to be an ally

Editorial Perspective: Neurodiversity – a revolutionary concept for autism and psychiatry by Simon-Baron Cohen 

Autistic Collaboration

Spectrum News: This is the best site I've found for a true scientific journalistic reviews on new scientific articles about autism topics.  Bias is there, I'm sure, but it's limited.  

Autism & Science: note, it is my

personal opinion that science should be informed by the people at stake. This is not how science has originally been organized but that has been changing with many agencies.

Meet The Autistic Scientists: article 

INSAR

AASPIRE

Organization for Autism Research

Participatory Autism Research

Teach Your Autistic Young Adult to Self-Advocate: 

tools for transitioning into adulthood

OAR: Self-Advocacy tools 

AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit

Dyslexia Links:

Made by Dyslexia 

Dyslexia Advantage

International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Help

LD Links:

Smart Kids with LDs

The Shut Down Learner

Tips 4 Teachers: Supporting ND Kid

 

Disability Links:

25 Examples of Ableism to Avoid as an Ally to People With Disabilities

Disability Etiquette

Divesting Myself of Ableist Language

Identity First vs Person First Language

Syracuse University Disability Culture Center: Language Guide

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.  These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autism Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others." 

To me, neurodiversity is such an amazingly powerful concept.  When individuals can harness what society has often described as a problem and see it as a different way of viewing and interacting with the world, they can embrace a strong sense of individuality, self-worth, and dignity.

For many people, ND is a culture.  Culture means shared, socially transmitted ideas (e.g., values, beliefs, attitudes) that are reflected in and reinforced by institutions, products,

and rituals.  There is a huge wave of people who are happily embracing the ND culture and

more interested in what makes those within that culture similar, having a kinship with one another, vs what makes them different.  

Most importantly, embracing Neurodiversity allows society to

         expand social connection and enrichment - for everyone.

Blogs/Sites of ND People:
Listen to the voices of the grow up and doing just fine. 

Autistic Voices:

Sam Farmer:  and here

Autistic and Unapologetic

Zen Master Bear Speaks

Speaking of Autism

Edge of the Playground

Hello Michelle Swan

21 And Sensory

Dyslexic Voices:

Dyslexia Logic 

Dr. Neil Alexander Passe: aka Alex Nile

The CodPast 

 

Dyscalculia Voices:

Dyscalculia Blog

NOTE: The content I have linked is

not a full endorsement of all the

viewpoints, by me, on these websites

and blogs. 

 

Instead, they are places one can

spend time to hear what individuals with

these disabilities have to say about

what is important to them and how

they wish to be heard as an individual,

not a diagnosis.

And I want to provide parents resources

that will point them in directions that provide, hopefully, meaningful

and helpful content.

It takes a village, folks! :)

         

           ~ Julie 

This is module 2 of a wonderful series.  I highly recommend watching the full series for more in-depth info.
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