What Advocacy Means to a Late-in-Life Speller

What Advocacy Means to a Late-in-Life Speller Everyone who knew me thought I was stupid because I couldn’t speak. The only things that came out of my mouth were nonsense, so I understand why people thought that. The fact is I was treated like a 4-year-old and denied an education because I was assumed to […]

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Sexuality and Sex: Another Hard Conversation

Sexuality and Sex: Another Hard Conversation by Noah Seback Nonspeakers and sexuality. Nonspeakers and sex. Can these be mentioned in the same sentence?  Is this an oxymoron?  Did I read that correctly?  Yes!  I’m a nonspeaking autistic broaching the subject of sex and sexuality as it relates to our population. This topic is too rarely […]

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Voting 101

Voting 101: Happy Disability Voting Rights Week! When it comes to voting, you ideally want to support a candidate who has the same morals and ideals as you. Voting for specific candidates will not be an overnight solution to the problems you see in legislation. Not only is it important to vote in both local […]

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The Urgency of Inclusion

The Urgency of Inclusion I spent the last weekend in July wrestling with a torrent of strong emotions:  unexpected optimism about the future, the deep sense of comfort and belonging that comes from being in a truly inclusive environment, and a profound sense that all of us, starting with me, need to participate more actively […]

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Balancing Advocacy With Physical & Mental Wellness – August I-ASC the Experts

Balancing Advocacy With Physical & Mental Wellness – I-ASC The Experts August 2022 – What’s your advice on balancing advocacy with physical and mental wellness? Another installment of our monthly blog feature, “I-ASC(I Ask) the Experts.” Our goal is to turn over some of the most frequently asked questions or issues to the true subject matter […]

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#EndCommunicationDiscrimination!!

#EndCommunicationDiscrimination!! I-ASC’s Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network is busy getting ready for the Motormorphosis Conference! We can’t wait to see you and give you a little taste this year IN REAL LIFE!  This year we are planning to shake things up a bit. We’re planning to launch our new campaign live with you! The entire […]

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Embrace your Differences

Embrace your Differences Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez is an Autistic Deaf author, educator, Occupational Therapist, and international speaker. She was also the first openly Autistic person elected to serve in the United States government at any level. Sarah is passionate about occupational science, sensory processing and mental wellness, and positive disability identity. Her vision remains centered […]

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A Shift in Perspective

A Shift in Perspective Vikram Jasawal is a professor at the University of Virginia. He is currently conducting research that focuses on social interactions and communication styles in autistic individuals. His previous work has ranged from word learning, categorization, social cognition, and memory development. At the UVa Jaswal Lab, the main priority for their research […]

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The Birth of Unrestricted Interest

The Birth of Unrestricted Interest Interview of Brian Laidlaw by Caden Rainey and Joel Nyland February 17, 2022 conducted via Zoom “WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR BLOG.  WE SPENT HOURS EDITING OUR INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN LAIDLAW.  WE LEARNED A LOT.  WE CREATED THE QUESTIONS AHEAD OF OUR INTERVIEW.  WE DID ALL OUR COLLABORATIONS ON ZOOM.  […]

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On ableism and my lived experience

On ableism and my lived experience Greetings. My name is Sabrina Roe Guerra. I am autistic, nonspeaking, sassy, and tired of people thinking it’s their right to define me. Two years ago when the world stopped, my life ironically and fortuitously began. Assumed limitations yield widespread trauma. Strong prejudices and ignorance hold disabled students back. […]

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