Rights, Resources, & Benefits
(The above link was provided by the students at The Different with Dignity Community Center, an awesome place! Thank you for your contribution to our resource page!)
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