Having Autism On Thanksgiving

Having autism during the holidays is challenging. I love the holidays, but my routine gets changed which makes me feel out of sorts. Getting anxious is going to happen. That’s a given. Expect it, but don’t let it ruin the day. Instead we need a calming influence. I love when my mom and I relax […]

Beyond Apraxia: Catatonia

Thanks to the increasing presence of neurodivergent self-advocates and their willingness to share their lived experiences, understanding of the complexities of movement differences continues to grow. Apraxia, or the difficulty with executing volitional movement, is not only more understood, there is now a general body of knowledge amongst nonspeakers, families, support providers, practitioners, and allies, […]

Who Decides Which Voices Should Be Heard?

Nonspeaking autistics who spell and type to communicate are increasingly being included in the wider community, to everyone’s benefit.  You can find them advocating for themselves and their peers with law enforcement agencies, at professional conferences, and with representatives of local, state, and federal government. They are changing the shape of college and university campuses, […]

Lets Get Tasting

Does your speller tend to eat the same foods all the time? If so, this blog may be for you, and for them of course! Many apraxia bodies become habitual even if that’s not what the mind intends – the brain/body disconnect is at play here. Even the foods your speller eats can be loops, […]

MAKING THE WORLD A PLACE WHERE SPELLERS THRIVE 

Being able to write this blog is something I have dreamed of my whole life. A lot of people doubt my intelligence, I now have the tools and confidence to prove them wrong and tell my story. My name is Divyesh Jain and I am an autistic who spells to communicate. I am an unreliable […]

Confusion in your mind about the term nonspeaking?

  A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog with my communication partner Kelly about why we say nonspeaking instead of nonverbal. Unreliable speakers like myself have lots of speech, however, we don’t communicate our true thoughts using our speech. That must be confusing for many with the thought that only those with no speech […]

THE ELEPHANT IN THE NONSPEAKNG ROOM

Listening to Emotions, Boundaries and Trauma by Noah Seback & Keri Delport So what is the elephant in the nonspeaking room? It looms so large and obvious, yet we pretend it’s not there….but there it sits, crushing the life out of nonspeakers. Let us spell it out for you (did you get what we did […]

Fleeing the world of silence

How can early childhood education centers be more inclusive to children with disabilities? I was asked to share my experience and give my suggestions with a few of my nonspeaking friends at Autism Inclusion Training for early childhood educators last year. This is my speech. https://vimeo.com/567149061 Good morning ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary members of the E.C.E. (early […]

An Eye-Opening Experience

Recently I took my 9-year-old nonspeaking son, Corbin, for an eye exam. While we were there the technician and doctor praised him for being so cooperative. He wore a smile and did his best to follow their directions of where to look. When it was time to dilate his eyes, he became distressed and protested. […]

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