The following items were shared on April 9
On Trying to Crack the Secret Handbook of Social Interaction by MW
I recently had the experience of being challenged to understand a variety of back to back virtual and real world social interactions. The interactions had mainly to do with bullying, mobbing, and controlling with a side of failure to communicate in which I was less a target than a witness, but I was in the position of having to respond with the timeliness of the nonautistic world. Suffice it to say, I was overwhelmed.
Journeys to the end of your psyche from AsperGirls
There are a lot of things they don’t tell you when you get your Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
They don’t tell you about the shame and embarrassment at being other and different. And a whole lot of other negative things too.
The Pseudo Logic of "Not Autistic Enough" by Judy Endow
Recently, I was told by a parent of a child on the autism spectrum that I am “not significantly enough affected by autism to be able to understand real autism” and therefore should stop speaking out about autism.
Video: Race Women and Autism
Below you will find the items shared on April 8
6 Lessons I Learned From My Brother With Autism
My brother can do a lot of things, but he will never understand financial matters or the danger of walking into traffic or walking in a parking lot. He will never be able to brush his teeth on his own. He will never be able to speak. These are things that we all take for granted, but we shouldn’t.
Brother of student with autism shines light on disorder by Mike Isaacs
Who likes pizza?" and then hands inside the Middleton School classroom shoot high in the air.
"Who plays video games?" and the same hands fly upward.
Dylan likes those things, too, his younger brother explains.
My Everyday Life as an Autism Mom by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
When my son, Norrin, was diagnosed with autism my mom told me, "you don't have to tell everyone about it. It's no one's business." I just didn't see the point of keeping it a secret. From the beginning, I was open about it, willing to talk and answer questions. And as a blogger, I really open myself up for discussion — and scrutiny.
Student gives voice to her sister with autism
Charlotte Whitesell, a fourth-grader, won the grand prize at Duke Energy's Invention Convention in March. Her invention, the Help-Me-Talk box, was designed to help her autistic sister communicate. Her sister, 7-year-old Rebecca, uses the box to talk to her family. Rebecca uses the box to say words such as “yes,” “no,” “bathroom,” and “hungry.”
The following items were shared on April 7
Thoughts on Awkward by the Autism Anthropologist
Every language has those words, and plenty of them, that can’t really be reduced to their translations or dictionary definitions. To be fair, that’s the case with most words. Meanings derive from context; from the intentions of the speaker and from the connotations they raise in the listener.
5 Ways to Help Your Child With Autism Make Friends
Making new friends can be challenging for any child. There’s always a bit of anxiety in approaching people, introducing yourself and building a new relationship.
Stress makes everything harder
Autistic people are autistic all the time. Sometimes some difficulties fade into the background, then come back out again when someone is particularly stressed out. This is true across the board for sensory issues, communication issues, movement, and all kinds of other things. (This is also true for people with any other kind of disability).
Below are the Items shared on Monday April 6
"Facts and Statistics: an Infographic" by UK Mobility
Today, one in 68 children in the United States is found to be affected by autism spectrum disorder. Though no one has been able to determine why autism rates are rising, all experts agree that early detection of autism in a child can make a huge difference to his ability to cope with the lifelong disability disorder.
Study shows connection between key autism risk genes in the human brain
A new study reveals an important connection between dozens of genes that may contribute to autism, a major step toward understanding how brain development goes awry in some individuals with the disorder.
The social network: How everyday interactions shape autism
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Listed are the items shared on April 2, 2015 (World Autism Awareness Day)
United Nations Statement for World Autism Day
It is estimated that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than “neurotypical” workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. more
From Jamaica: Critical Autism Support
April is World Autism Month. According to Dr Andrea Garbutt, developmental paediatrician, autism is a developmental disability and can be described as a condition where an individual experiences difficulties with communication and social interaction coupled with the presence of unusual behaviours. Persons may demonstrate varied manifestations but a diagnosis is given only when these challenges are sufficient to cause functional problems. more
Voice of Autism: Nigeria
We are the leading voice of autism in Nigeria. Our goal is to work with relevant parties , including healthcare professionals, special education teachers, Government and business leaders to provide needed care and services to kids and families dealing with Autism. We are a registered charity with the Nigerian government, with the primary goal of making information, services and resources available to families with autism. more
Autism Around the World
Autism around the Globe is an interactive web-based project of theNLM Family Foundation which focuses on raising public awareness of how autism affects those in different parts of the world. More
Autismo Diario (Spanish Language. can be translated)
Autism Journal is a publication nonprofit whose purpose is to disseminate any information based on disability -and more specifically to everything related to Autism , Asperger Syndrome,Pervasive Developmental Disorder "TGD" Spectrum Disorders Autism(ASD) and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity "ADHD", in short, Neurodevelopmental Disorders - whether information provided by agencies or instrumentalities of national and international media, or through the contents generated by our own team. More
Listed are the items shared on April 1, 2015
National Institutes of Health: Autism Fact Sheet
The hallmark feature of ASD is impaired social interaction. As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with ASD may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement. More
Latino parents misread early signs of autism
Many Latino parents in the U.S. know little about autism and some have never heard of the disorder before, finds a study published 1 September in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Latinos also tend to normalize autism symptoms or view them as a sign of family problems, such as an inattentive parent. More
Its another April and this month, you will be given a lot of information about Autism. The information you will receive will also be coming at you from many directions and view points. There will be arguments for/against vaccinations with Autism at the epicenter. Arguments will be made on whether autism is genetic or environmental. And you will be given a host of articles regarding famous people in the past and present that are or may be on the Autism spectrum. Also, many studies will be released this month for maximum exposure. Today I am going to discuss one of the newer arguments that will be happening this month: Awareness or Acceptance.
Today kicks off the 2nd annual #RoyalBlueForAutismAwarenss social media campaign hosted by the Mocha Autism Network. The goal of the campaign is simple:
So why is "Awareness" given priority in this campaign over "Acceptance" when both are important? It's simple and complicated at the same time. Many people in underrepresented communities haven't Gotten to the Awareness part yet.