Autism, Social Greetings and Rhetorical Questions

by Judy Endow Autism and Rhetorical Questions Autistic people may not automatically know how to respond to rhetorical social questions such as “How are you?” or automatically reciprocate in social pleasantries such as “good morning.”

Epilepsy, And Living Epileptic

Epilepsy I am writing this as, partly, a rant. I don't want pity, and I don't feel sorry for myself. If you think you need to “feel” something, feel anger at the lack of

Autism and Consequences

by Judy Endow Autism and Consequences Sometimes a person with authority over another engineers a consequence for certain behaviors as a way to decrease the frequency of unwanted behaviors. One way people learn is from

Judy Endow
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Judy Endow, MSW is an author, artist, and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics.
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Disability Policy: Clinton versus Trump

In a few weeks will have elected a new President of the United States. Many of us get our information from watching TV. The trouble with this is we only get the information the TV

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Quick Tips to Create a Visual Schedule

Judy Endow on the Importance of Continuing a Visual Schedule After a Natural Disaster Many children with special needs use a visual schedule to organize their day. A visual schedule shows which activities and the order in

Autistic Burnout and Aging

Judy Endow Examines the Interplay Between Autistic Burnout and Aging Last week I returned from a vacation that I had been dreaming of taking for several years. I had booked my vacation quite a long time

Henry Frost
Henry FrostWriter, Jr. Editor
Henry Frost is an author and advocate for equal education and access.

My Sisters. My Allies.

My sisters are good allies. Not just the ally because I am their brother. .Allies knowing all people have the right to inclusion,communication, and civil rights. Knowing not necessary to earn these rights. These are rights for every person.

Amy Sequenzia
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Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights.
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Why Disabled People Write About Ableism

Are You Paying Attention When Disabled People Write about Ableism? When I, and other disabled people write about ableism, we don't do it because we like the topic. We do it because we DON’T

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Autism Awareness and May Flowers

Autism "Awareness" and May Flowers This is my THANK YOU to all who lived through yet another April with Autism Awareness, the bewareness and woes. It’s May now. My garden is blooming because you

Lauri Swann Hunt
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Advocate committed to inclusion & social justice, proud mother of three wonderful humans, and part of the team that started Ollibean.

Get Your Happy On

Love this video by Tina and Paul Sirimarco. Tina is an ASL interpreter and has been teaching her husband to sign. The videos they have created are so free spirited and joyful that they're really

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How to Improve Literacy Without Even Trying

One of the simplest things you can do to improve your child’s reading skills is already in your home. Closed captioning is free, easy to use, and a natural literacy booster. Research shows that closed captioning

All children should grow up feeling loved accepted and whole. Not just at home, but in their schools and communities.

Over 30 years of research shows that ALL students do better in inclusive educational settings – both socially and academically.

High expectations and access to rich academic content benefits each and every child.

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