IEPs, Ableist Goals and Parents’ Rights
A neurodiversity-affirming parent’s anonymous post to Therapist Neurodiversity Collective requested information that might help them advocate for their special education student in the IEP meeting. From the information contained in the post, it appeared that the school, although possibly unintentionally, was not aware of IDEA and Supreme Court decisions, and therefore violated parental rights to meaningfully participate in and contribute to the IEP meeting. Additionally, it is clear that our public school system is lagging in knowledge and application of contemporary research evidence about autism, and as a result, the kids are paying the consequences with poor mental health outcomes.
Neuro-Affirming Support and Intellectual Disability: Where Do We Start?
Neuro-Affirming Support and Intellectual Disability: Where Do We Start? with Holly Sutherland, Autistic Autism Researcher Register $15 USD Topic: Neurodiversity-informed care for intellectually disabled autistic and wider-neurodivergent people. Course Description: Environments, […]
Theory of (other) mind: (mis)understanding ‘others’ in a neurodiverse world
Theory of (other) mind: (mis)understanding ‘others’ in a neurodiverse world, with Dr. Gemma L. Williams, PhD., MA. Register: $15 USD Topic: Autistic social communication, the ‘double empathy problem‘ and ‘relevance […]
Autism Pseudoscience: How providers can identify, educate and intervene to protect children
Autism Pseudoscience: How providers can identify, educate and intervene to protect children with Anne Borden King, co-founder of Autistics for Autistics When: Thursday, July 13, 2023 12 – 1:30 pm […]
Live Event: Racial Disparities in Autism
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices Series Desiree R. Jones Live Event: Racial Disparities in Autism (A DEI event) Desi is a 4th-year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Dallas, […]
“Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing (Part 1)
Dictating how an autistic person is expected to communicate in specific social situations takes away their self-determination. Training people as one trains animals is appalling. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective believes in respecting the authentic social communication of all people, which includes all Autistic people, rather than compelling compliance for neurotypical expectations through a system of rewards and punishments.