This is my first Theme Week – I hadn’t planned to start yet but rushed because it’s Autism month. In the end I found a lot more than I expected!
First, a little background on what the month is. AutismSpeaks has quite a few posts on events and different perspectives. From another viewpoint, a mother speaks out about why she dislikes Autism Awareness Month (it should be Action, not awareness).
Finally, my favorite of these resources, Autism Acceptance Month – if you’ve never heard of autism, or don’t know many autistic people, make this your first click because they have so many excellent resources:
“In a nutshell, Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world.” from www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/
Even the UN honored World Autism Awareness Day, which was April 2nd, but celebrated prior to that since it fell on a weekend.
Grandin talks about the way her brain works in this illustrated interview (with CC):
There’s more information at her website.
She also gave a Ted Talk explaining why educating the next generation of autistic children is so important to our world (CC):
Some Other Autistic Authors
Jesse A. Saperstein has written Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters and Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood, and you can read about them and him.
He was interviewed on Autism Live:
The Sesame Street character that Saperstein predicted three years ago:
You can learn more about Daniel Tammet at his website.
Wisconsin – USA
Finally, for my fellow Wisconsinites…
I’m not personally or professionally involved with this organization, but have heard good things about InControlWisconsin. Are you familiar with them?
I have worked professionally with Good Friend Inc. and would recommend them to schools. They even have a music video: