Tag Archive: Autism

Presume Beneficence – Psychology Today

Bravo to Amy Lutz who says that “parents are part of the autistic and I/DD communities, not the enemy.”

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Thank you to Our April 2017 Guest Speaker, Ernie Dianastasis!

We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to Ernie Dianastasis for speaking at our meeting. We are grateful to Ernie for sharing his story and exciting plans for hiring people with disabilities. We hope The Precisionists, Inc. will inspire other businesses to follow suit! If you weren’t able to make it to the meeting, you’re …

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Amy Lutz: “I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means”

After Rolling Stone published Paul Solotaroff’s recent piece, “Luke’s Best Chance,” neurodiversity advocates Emily Willingham and Shannon Rosa posted critiques accusing Solotaroff of “dehumanizing” the disabled. Amy Lutz, on the other hand, maintains that Paul Solotaroff’s straight forward message is critical to the discussion.

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Disability Scoop: Bullet That Struck Caretaker Was Meant For Man With Autism

According to Disability Scoop, “The North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed, black mental health worker caring for a client actually took aim at the man with autism next to him, but missed, the head of the police union said Thursday.”

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The Federal Government’s Quiet War Against Adults with Autism

From Autism Society, San Francisco Bay Area: “Though few are aware, a new policy threatens nationwide dismantling of autism-friendly adult programs and housing.”

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Videos: The Swanson Family Supports #ChoiceFirst

As part of the Coalition for Community Choice #ChoiceFirst campaign, special educator and sibling, Katharine Swanson, explains why she supports the full array of housing options for individuals with autism and other I/DD. Katharine Supports #ChoiceFirst from Families Speaking Up! on Vimeo. Katharine and her brother, Andrew, want #ChoiceFirst! Support #CHOICEFIRST from Families Speaking Up! on …

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Video: Casa de Amma Wants #ChoiceFirst

Be sure to watch this fantastic video of individuals with I/DD who live full, happy lives at Casa de Amma. It was created as part of the ‪#‎ChoiceFirst‬ Campaign.

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Making Severe Autism Visible, By Amy Lutz

A new Psychology Today article written by Amy Lutz discusses two new projects that show what significant impairment by autism looks like.

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“Nightline” Special with Lisa Parles: How a Child with Autism Was Able to Recover Through Therapy

Jake Exkorn and Andrew Parles’ lives ended up with very different outcomes. Watch highlights from the ABC Nightline special here.

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A Parent’s Winning Essay on life with Autism

Commemorating World Autism Awareness Day back on April 2, the Huffington Post started a great essay writing campaign for parents of children with disabilities.

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