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How This Autistic Actor’s Role on ‘Locke and Key’ Helps Dispel Autism Stereotypes

Has anyone watched Locke & Key? I'm excited to say they were renewed for a second season. After being featured on shows such as ABC’s The Good Doctor and Speechless, Coby Bird, a talented young man who is on the [...]

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Majority of states fail education obligations to special needs students

The U.S. Department of Education says less than half the states were in compliance with federal special education law. We have to do better. This is a disservice to our students. When I was diagnosed with autism in 1992, special [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Majority of states fail education obligations to special needs students

To The Colorado Teacher Who Called Special Needs Children The R-Word

A Colorado Kindergarten teacher is facing dismissal after allegedly saying "I’m so tired of hearing about special needs children…They were re****** before COVID and they’ll still be re****** after…Do you really think they will be any different after staying a [...]

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Family asked to leave Disney Store after autistic child couldn’t keep mask on

I just learned that a 6-year-old girl name Ruby who is on the autism spectrum was asked to leave (along with her family) a Disney Store in London, Ontario for improperly wearing her mask inside the store. In their area [...]

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“The Kids That Are Going Further In Life Aren’t The Special Ed Kids”

"The kids that are going further in life aren't the special ed kids." A parent is receiving backlash after starting a heated Facebook debate that her non-disabled child should receive more in-person schooling than a special education student for the [...]

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Octavia Spencer Asks Hollywood To Increase Casting Of People With Disabilities

Such an important topic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYcKlnIc63M&feature=emb_title If you've followed my journey from nonverbal autism to professional speaker on my social media channels you've probably heard me talk about the fact that less than 1% of disabled actors actually receive the opportunity [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Octavia Spencer Asks Hollywood To Increase Casting Of People With Disabilities

Embracing Not Just Some, But The Entire Autism Spectrum

This guest post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim is also the author of a blog (autismmommytherapist.wordpress.com)about her two children with [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|Guest Blog|Comments Off on Embracing Not Just Some, But The Entire Autism Spectrum

People With Autism Find Jobs At The Chocolate Spectrum

What an awesome name for a company! The Chocolate Spectrum are an artisan chocolate company who hire people on the autism spectrum based out of Jupiter, Florida. It was started by a mom who has a son on the autism [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People With Autism Find Jobs At The Chocolate Spectrum

Why I Mentor Individuals with Autism & Special Needs

"I wanted to help individuals who felt alone." When I first found out I had autism at 11 1/2, I often wished I had a role model to look up to who was on the autism spectrum. There were so [...]

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Please Teach Your Children Kindness When Interacting With Kids With Special Needs

I have a request for all parents reading this... Teach your child to be kind to others especially those with special needs. Those with special needs are twice as likely to be bullied compared to their nondisabled peers . Growing [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Please Teach Your Children Kindness When Interacting With Kids With Special Needs