THE ELEPHANT IN THE NONSPEAKNG ROOM

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 […]

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Got Power?

Got Power? by Deborah Spengler A few weeks ago, I-ASC held its Motormorphosis Virtual Picnic and I have got to say that every one of the presentations was exceptional! So much so, that one of them, “The Elephant in the Room” presented by Noah Seback and Keri Delport, inspired me to finally get around to […]

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Upside Down…In A Good Way

Upside Down…In A Good Way by Gregory Tino   Four years ago my life got turned upside down….in a good way.  Yes, autism and I were so happy, but it was stressful too. Yes, autism and I were anxious, but in a good way. Yes, autism and I thought life would never be the same, and it […]

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INTERDEPENDENCE IS GOLD

INTERDEPENDENCE IS GOLD By Joel Nyland 7/29/21   “I was inspired to write this poem after I read about gymnast Simone Biles and her twisties.  It sounds like she has what I so often feel.  Proprioception can be a tricky thing.  I hope you will enjoy this poem and keep going for gold.  Thank you […]

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Neuromedia Summer 2021 Book Recommendations. 

Neuromedia Summer 2021 Book Recommendations.  A second part to the Neuromedia 2021 series. Ann Jusino, Monica Van Schaik and Lakshmi Rao Sankar    I-ASC’s July 14th blog, How We Think About Disability Matters discussed the impact of various disability paradigms on how we think, feel, and act in relation to disability. This week, we bring […]

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FRIENDSHIP SUPPORT, LONG-DISTANCE

FRIENDSHIP SUPPORT, LONG-DISTANCE by Marcus Bolande and William Tziavaras MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT HAS TO BE THE TOUGHEST TYPE OF SUPPORT TO FIND FOR NONSPEAKERS. BUT HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS: WE FIND THE MOST EFFECTIVE SUPPORT COMES FROM A SIMPLE CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO SPELLER FRIENDS.  HERE’S OUR STORY. MARCUS: If I hadn’t met my pen pal […]

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How We Think About Disability Matters

How  We Think About Disability Matters By Monica Van Schaik A paradigm describes how we think about and understand something. Paradigms are important because they impact our actions and attitudes. There are 3 main disability paradigms that people draw from today and they each influence us to think differently about disability. They each command different […]

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Books used to be part of my prison

Books used to be part of my prison. Books used to be part of my prison.  Rows and rows of books meant for five-year-olds filled my bookshelves and reinforced the “experts’ ” views that I should be taught the simplest concepts over and over and over… Every time I read those books out loud and I […]

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The Self-Care You Need

The Self-Care You Need  starting with this 8-minute read!  In many parts of the United States, Covid restrictions are either easing or have all but ended. For many, life, as we knew it prior to the arrival of Covid-19, is slowly returning. But for countless others, Covid continues to dominate every aspect of daily life. […]

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Fleeing the world of silence

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. Good morning ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary members […]

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