Rights, Resources, & Benefits
Autism CARES Act Enacted! This is a good reason to celebrate. This act not only continues federal services for individuals on the autism spectrum and also helps ensure a better quality of services. Click Here for an article about the act by AutismSpeaks & Click Here for a copy of the full act.
A Video Clip on the History of the Disability Rights Movement
A Reading list about Disability Culture and Disability Rights:
|Author Last Name||Author First Name||Title|
|Callahan||John||Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot|
|Charlton||James I.||Nothing About Us Without Us|
|Cohen||Leah Hagar||Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World (1995)|
|Dreger||Alice||One of Us|
|Fadiman||Ann||The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down|
|Foucault||Michel||Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason|
|Gotkin||Janet and Paul||Too Much Anger, Too Many Twins|
|Grandin||Temple||Talking in Pictures|
|Greenberg||Joanne||In This Sign|
|Haddon||Mark||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime|
|Jewell||Geri||I’m Walking As Straight As I Can|
|Johnson||Harriet McBryde||Too Late to Die Young|
|Linton||Simi||Claiming Disability (1998)|
|Linton||Simi||My Body Politic (2007)|
|Lombardo||Paul||Three Generations of Imbeciles: Eugenics, The Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell (2008)|
|Longmore||Paul||Rethinking the Disability Rights Movement|
|Luhrmann||T.M.||Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry|
|Pelka||Fred||What We Have Done (forthcoming)|
|Rothman||David||Discovery of the Asylum (1971)|
|Rothman||David||Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980)|
|Rothman||David and Sheila||The Willowbrook Wars|
|Saks||Elyn||The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2008)|
|Scull||Andrew T.||Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine (2008)|
|Sheehan||Susan||Is There No Place on Earth for Me? (1983)|
|tenBroek||Jacobus||Disability and the law of torts: the right of the disabled to live in the world|
|Trent||James W. Jr.||Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (1994)|
|Walker||Lou Ann||A Loss for Words|
|Whitaker||Robert||Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Treatment of the Mentally Ill (2001)|
Education About & For Special Needs
Empathy is a powerful and necessary tool to be able to have compassion for others and best understand how you can support those you care about. Have you ever taken a walk in the shoes of someone with Autism or ASD? Watch this video to get a glimpse of what its like.
Watch this video to get an idea of what it is like to listen or pay attention to someone when you have Autism.
A slideshow history of Developmental Disabilities
Learn more about the Autism Spectrum by watching these educational talks from TED
Common Sense Education: Graphite Looking for a way to integrate the use of technology with education but hate blindly searching for apps and programs that work? Here is a place that does most of that work for you! You can search by subject, grade level, price, and what type of program it is (app, website, etc.). Give it a try!
Tool Kits for Families from Autism Speaks – this is a wonderful resource!
In The Community
Join the movement to “create a world where every child can play, learn and grow in nature, check out the Children & Nature Network.
Know someone with epilepsy? Here are some helpful tips on how to make surroundings more safe in the event of a seizure. Click Here