Today is April 1. the day we kick off the Royal Blue for Autism Awareness campaign.
We will be providing links, information and great new content for you through this site and our great participants. Its also an election year. So we will be taking on how the politics of Autism Awareness is shaping up.
Here's where we are:
We will be talking about both Awareness and Acceptance. We understand that in many communities, "Awareness" is still needed before "Acceptance" occurs. We will also be talking about how Acceptance has to happen in Autism communities that don't include underrepresented communities
Long Story Short, We have a lot of work to do, and with your help, we can make change happen.
Please share our posts, articles and stories the entire Month of April. Our goal is to not only erase the stigma, but to provide people the tools they need to help the children around them.
Monika Brooks, Founder
Mocha Autism Network
MOCHA AUTISM NETWORK LAUNCHES 3RD ANNUAL "ROYAL BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS" CAMPAIGN
“Royal Blue for Autism Awareness” campaign to use social media to provide information to underrepresented communities.
Oakland, CA: To address the information gap regarding Autism in Areas in need, the Mocha Autism Network has decided to take to Social Media to increase awareness. Called the “Royal Blue for Autism Awareness,” the Oakland organization has teamed up with THE Cooperative Federal Credit Union as well as the Omega Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated to provide information on Autism Spectrum traits and resources to underrepresented communities.
The number of children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, Studies are on the rise due to new identification techniques. However, people in underrepresented areas are diagnosed last. The goal of this campaign is for supporters to utilize their Electronic Footprint of our to be used to serve the community.” states Monika Brooks, Executive Director of the Mocha Autism Network.
Per the Centers for Disease Control, children or adults on the autism spectrum may:
avoid eye contact and want to be alone
~ have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
~ prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
~ appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
~ be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
~ repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of
~ have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
For More information, please go to royalblueforautismawareness.com
Established in 2013, the goal of the Mocha Autism Network is to provide awareness, promote advocacy and form alliances among the Autism communities in underrepresented communities.
Below are the items shared on April 23
The Mocha Autism Network: Empowering Minority Communities With Autism Support
Autism affects 1 in 68 children, regardless of their skin color or ethnic backgrounds. But, responses to the signs of autism vary, especially in minority communities. Monika Brooks, a California mom with a child on the spectrum, founded the Mocha Autism Network to help change perceptions of autism in her community and surrounding ones. More
7 Tips for Helping the Day Go Smoothly
Many families struggle to get everyone to school and work on time. This can be particularly tricky if learning and attention issues make it hard for your child to transition from task to task or keep track of time. The following tips can enhance—and ease—your daily routines. More
Addressing Inequities in Care for Latino and African American Children with Autism
Below are the items shared on April 22
How kicking a trash can became criminal for a 6th grader
Diagnosed as autistic, the sixth-grader was being scolded for misbehavior one day and kicked a trash can at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A police officer assigned to the school witnessed the tantrum, and filed a disorderly conduct charge against the sixth grader in juvenile court. More
Teachers Quick to Label Black Students Troublemakers
The study showed that teachers tend to view black students more harshly than white students even when their disruptive behavior is exactly the same — possibly triggering a destructive cycle. More
Me As a Boy: On Raising an Asian American and Autistic Son
Every day we try to figure out the future for Charlie. He is on the moderate-to-severe end of the autism spectrum, minimally verbal (speaking in one to five-word phrases), with numerous cognitive delays—he is unable to read more than a few words and attends a county autism center where he receives vocational training and learns “skills of daily living,” such as washing his face. He can have some extremely severe behaviors of the “textbook autism nightmare without end” sort, including,when extremely agitated, head banging. More
Autism Resources for Spanish-Speaking Families
When my son Norrin was diagnosed with autism, I was completely lost. The pediatrician who diagnosed him recommended a list of services but offered little hope. I found myself feeling like Alice in Wonderland and I had just fallen down the rabbit hole. Navigating the special education system is complicated. It's been nearly seven years since Norrin's diagnosis and I feel comfortable in searching for resources; I know who to ask and where to look. But like so many parents, in those early years, I spent many hours scrambling, searching and scouring the internet for autism resources. More
Below are the items shared on April 21
What Reading Self Advocate Blogs Does
There’s plenty of autistic people blogging, mostly adults since it’s mostly adults who blog. Most of the ones I’ve read, most of the autistic adults who are involved in advocacy that I’ve talked to, most of the parents who “get it” say how important it is to listen to autistic adults. Some people might take the “what’s in it for me” approach. I’d prefer that self-determination and the right to be included in conversations that concern your own future be reason enough, but just in case it isn’t, here are some answers of how it really does help parents to read self-advocate blogs and how it really does help kids when their parents “get it,” which is a pretty common result of reading them. More
AUTISM AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY CLUB ENCOURAGES NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN
A club with a cause. Members of Southern’s Autism Awareness and Advocacy Club said they have plans to educate the campus about the truths behind the disorder while also addressing some stigmas that are associated with the diagnosis. More
Below are the items shared on April 20
Autism In History
I never set out to write about autism. My interest in the history of psychology and the human sciences directed me towards this subject and compelled me to reflect on the meaning of autism and its changes over time.
Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism
Most children with autism get diagnosed around age 5, when they start school. But signs of the developmental disorder may be seen as early as 1 year old.
Yet even if a parent notices problems making eye contact or other early signs of autism, some doctors still dismiss those concerns, a study finds, saying the child will "grow out of it." That can delay diagnosis and a child's access to therapy. More
Temple Grandin works to find 'can' in autism
The world needs all types of thinkers.
Temple Grandin's mind works visually, in a series of photographs. Some people with autism think verbally. Others fall elsewhere along the spectrum. More
Thanks so much for participating in Picture Day! Here are some submissions
Below are the items shared on April 15
How to work with someone with autism
The new guy in the office is loud and aggressive, can’t read social cues, won’t wait his turn in meetings, and talks obsessively about the same things every day. And yet, sometimes, he shares extraordinary insights.
Autistic Adults: Socially Impaired or Socially Different?
Many of us almost take it for granted that individuals with autism have fewer and poorer friendships than others. Even worse, this assumption is usually assigned reflexively to the autism itself. This isn’t just true of our culture at large, either; it is true of researchers and professionals.
Fortunately, some in the field are starting to challenge existing ideas about social deficits and autism. Authors of a recent paper published in the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Brownlow, Bertilsdotter, and O’Dell, drew on a theoretical perspective that casts autism as a neurological difference rather than a deficit.
Peter Thiel: Asperger’s can be a big advantage in Silicon Valley
He avoids hiring MBAs, since he says they tend to be “high extrovert/low conviction people,” a combination of traits that “leads towards extremely herd-like thinking and behavior.” Similarly, he says that “people end up behaving more lemming-like” in places like San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where tons of tech companies are crammed into a .635 square mile area. All that socialization leads to conformity, he argues, preventing people from coming up with original, innovative ideas.
Below are the items shared on April 14
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It’s Not Them That Need to Change by George E Stewart II
My son is different. He’s not what society would consider a normal child, but God created him the way that He saw fit. So that makes him perfect! With that being said, I no longer ask God to change my son. I ask Him to change the hearts and minds of many of those around him. You can’t look at my son and see that he’s different. However, as soon as he opens his mouth, you know instantly that he’s different. You see my son is nonverbal autistic, so instead of talking he sometimes communicates by making noises that many would consider strange. Often times when either my wife or I don’t pick up on what my son is trying to communicate, he gets frustrated and he’s subject to throw a fit. This seems to inconvenience many people and strange looks or comments are soon to follow.
Things To Say To & Ways To Help An Autism Parent... :-)
Many of the things that other autism parents commented about don't fall under the "polite but annoying when you hear it all the time" category. Many of the things you posted fall under the "out & out rude / mean / ignorant" category. And to me there is a HUGE difference.
When We Realized Why My Sister Understands My Son With Autism So Well
I am the oldest of three sisters. One sister is two years younger than I am, and one is five years younger. I was born a social rule follower, always working towards being an appreciated member of the team. Middle Sis was… different. As a baby, she always wanted to be held by our mom, and would cry and fret if she was set down. Others couldn’t hold her, it had to be Mom. No one could kiss her except Mom.
The following items were posted on April 13
Mother/Daughter create dating site for people on the spectrum
Olivia Cantu, 18, and her mother, Kristen Fitzpatrick, 37, started SpectrumSingles.com in January as a dating and social media website for individuals on the spectrum.
“Are You Angry With Me?”: Dating as an Autistic Woman
“I have to tell you something about myself, something important,” I said to my boyfriend. We were lying on a bed in a University dorm, a girl and boy who at nineteen were taking our first tentative steps into the world of relationships.
Autistic and Queer: Coming Out on the Spectrum
You’ve probably given some thought to where you fall on the sexuality spectrum, but what about the neurological spectrum? There is a small amount of emerging data to suggest that autistic individuals are more likely than the general population to identify as asexual, queer or trans. Yet queer autistics are often excluded from the non-autistic LGBTQ community based on inaccurate stereotypes about their ability to empathize and desire intimacy.