Week in Neurodiversity – Asperger’s Boy Writes Poem that “Breaks the Internet” (5/21/16)

Move over Kim Kardashian, because this week in neurodiversity features Asperger’s boy Writes a poem that REALLY “Breaks the Internet,” A pen has been created that could read to the dyslexic, and a military homecoming that will make your heart melt!

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Autism and the Power of Memory with Ron Sandison | EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS Episode 11

In this episode, Hackie Reitman, M.D. interviews Ron Sandison, an author and preacher with autism and savant memory abilities. Ron discusses the importance of parental involvement for the neurodiverse, the benefits of embracing hyper-interests, and his new book “A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom.”

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Neurodiversity’s New Role Today in Novels, Movies and the Arts

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of non-fiction books and articles by scientists, educators and parents on neurodiversity. Less well-known and documented is the emerging role that neurodiversity has come to play in novels, movies and the arts; and the far more positive characterizations of the neurodiverse population.

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Week in Neurodiversity (2/27/16)

On the Week in Neurodiversity, the host highlights newsworthy events in the news involving different brains.

“Millennial Neurodiversity News”

Hosted by Matthew Ryan.

 

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8 Times Social Media Made a Difference for the Neurodiverse

All of us have heard of instances where bullies used social media to victimize their peers whom learn differently. Fortunately, social media has also promoted displays of communal support, and mainstreamed that support to more people than ever possible. Here is a list of 8 occasions where social media was responsible for making the difference in the life of someone neurodiverse.

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Replace Autism Awareness With Autism Acceptance

Autism awareness, what does this really mean? Logos, colors and symbols that represent autism awareness are prevalent during the month of April. People equate the symbols with the autism spectrum. However, being aware that autism exists and comprehending what the autism spectrum is composed of, the challenges faced by families, children and adults who live with autism 12 months out of the year is a totally different and pressing issue.

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Autism Advocate Stephen Shore | EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS – Episode 07

In this episode, Dr. Hackie Reitman speaks with author and autism advocate Stephen Shore. Stephen was diagnosed as non-verbal and autistic at the age of 4, when doctors suggested his parents institutionalize him. Since then he has gone on an amazing journey that has led him to speaking on behalf of autism and neurodiversity in 49 countries and all but one continent.

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A Community Smiles: Building Hope for Adults With Autism

Cleaning out closets, drawers and the garage seemed like a good plan for ringing in the New Year. Matt’s closets took the longest. The biggest challenge: parting with the cue cards, flashcards, Velcro-backed picture cards and all kinds of games, systems and tools that have helped Matt learn, communicate and advocate for himself.

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Autism and Employment with Michael Bernick | EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS – Episode 05

In this episode, Dr. Hackie Reitman welcomes Michael Bernick, the former director of California’s labor department. Mr. Bernick discusses his book, “The Autism Job Club,” the work he does for the neurodiverse through AASCEND, and the importance of employment for people on the autism spectrum.

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Camp Helps Teens With Autism Develop Social Skills

Camp Onward is designed to help teens with Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism develop social skills. According to co-founder Nancy Hagan, “Camp Onward is a chance for teens that have social difficulties to get together, have fun, get outdoors, be around animals, and learn a lot of different life skills.”

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Rare Show of Unity by Florida Politicians Will Benefit Neurodiversity

“All children deserve the opportunity to pursue their own unique educational and career goals. Unfortunately… all too often children diagnosed with developmental disabilities lose out on important opportunities as services are provided through a one-size-fits-all system that too frequently leads to a life of government dependence.”

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Autism in the Classroom, Autism in the Home: The Need for Consistent Supports

Many supports that students with autism have available to them in school should also be available and used at home. These supports are used as tools to help these students be successful. Many of these supports we use in our everyday life- but we may call them something different.

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