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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The Speech Mechanism Part 1: Lower Respiratory System

The Speech Mechanism: A 4-part Series Part 1: Lower Respiratory System By Bryana Williams M.S. CCC-SLP When it comes to communication, the vast majority of people turn to speech-it’s highly versatile, typically efficient, and allows us to layer multiple components like tone, intonation, and vocabulary choice to communicate a clear message. In fact, it’s such […]

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A Conversation on Letterboard Etiquette

A Conversation on Letterboard Etiquette I was working with Zach Scheu on the writing prompt and it turned into a conversation between him and Nico. Nico was in the room but working with a different CRP and ended up commenting on what Zach said. The whole conversation happened very organically so I just went with […]

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Letterboard Etiquette – I-ASC the Experts

Letterboard Etiquette – I-ASC the Experts April 2022 – Imagine I-ASC is putting together a book on letterboard etiquette – what do they need to include? 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 […]

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STEP-ASIDE: NEURODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY SPACES INCLUDE MOTOR!

STEP-ASIDE: NEURODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY SPACES INCLUDE MOTOR! I-ASC relies on its Nonspeaking Leadership Council, and other nonspeaking/minimally/unreliably speaking (together, the “Nonspeaking” and “Nonspeakers”) neurodivergent advocates to guide its mission and advocacy.  In our first blog in the “Step Aside” series, we explored ways to demonstrate that neurodivergent wellbeing is individualized and valid.  In this and future blogs […]

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Spring into Action at Spring into Spelling

Spring into Action at Spring into Spelling I-ASC works with nonspeaking people with various motor-sensory issues that affect the ability to use speech as a primary and effective means of communication. There are an estimated 2.3 million nonspeaking individuals in the US and 26 million nonspeaking people worldwide. Nonspeaking people have been marginalized, labeled “low-functioning” […]

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Pressure & Managing Expectations – I-ASC The Experts

Pressure & Managing Expectations – I-ASC The Experts March 2022 – What’s the difference between support or encouragement and pressure? We have launched a new monthly blog feature called, “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 experts – the […]

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Talking Thoughts Moving Finger

Talking Thoughts Moving Finger Insights from a Conversation with Tarun Paul Mathew After a wonderful visit to France, the next stop on my Spellebrity Zoom tour landed me in Bangalore, India with my new friend, Tarun Paul Mathew.  I felt that I knew Tarun Paul from watching (on repeat) his SpellX presentation, A Peep Into My […]

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Daily Decisions Taken for Granted

Daily Decisions Taken for Granted Nonspeaking advocate Niko Boskovic thoughtfully reflects on his own experiences, in this blog based on a frequently asked question… Q: What are the most helpful things people do that make your life more comfortable? Niko: I live a very strange life in which people around me make a lot of […]

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Neurodivergent Wellbeing: I-ASC the Experts

Neurodivergent Wellbeing: I-ASC the Experts Written by Monica van Schaik with wisdom from Noah Seback and Giorgena Sarantopoulos Neurodiversity is the recognition that neurological differences are natural and normal just like biodiversity. Neurodiversity is a fact. Differences in how we think, learn, feel, sense, and regulate occur amongst all humans. The term, neurodiversity, was coined […]

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