I knew how to read long before I could speak.

I knew how to read long before I could speak.

This post is beautiful, and so true. I have a sister who taught 3rd grade for 35 years before retiring. She was doing things that were considered “ground-breaking” a long time ago – like letting the kids with ADD sit in, next to, on, half in their chairs so they could work (as long as they didn’t bother or weren’t in anyone’s way). For the kids who couldn’t get started on a writing assignment, she’d let them dictate a couple of sentences to her, and then off they’d go, able to write with ease. She was their champion. She was a teacher. Teachers that “get it” are such a treasure!

Autism Positivity Flashblog

Autism Positivity Flashblog

Be sure to visit the Third Annual Autism Positivity Flashblog, which honors “diverse forms of communication and celebrating Autism Acceptance.”
 
There are a multitude of contributors from all different walks of life and parts of the spectrum: autistic authors, parents, autistic parents, and friends/family of autistic people. Contributors this year aim to “highlight the importance of flexibility in communication within our diverse community and honour multiple forms of personal expression, from the written word, to art, to photography, or a video (as a link),” etc.
 
A huge thanks to the creators of the Autism Positivity Flashblog, and to the contributors who share their experiences!

Autism Simulations

Autism Simulations

These were pretty incredible, and overwhelming. Several comments on youtube from autistic individuals confirm that this can be exactly what it’s like with sensory issues. I wasn’t able to watch them at full volume so as not to disturb others, but even without full volume several of the simulations were overwhelming. Hopefully these simulations, put together by autistic individuals, will help people who love/care for autistic friends/family members to understand the challenges of every-day experiences. If we understand, we can help.