Half-Assed Accessibility Is Insulting

Services and accommodations provided to the disabled should be on par with those provided to the general population Offering ways for disabled clients or customers to access one’s business or institution that are of significantly lower quality than that offered to the general population is unacceptable. You may have read my previous piece, This IsContinue reading “Half-Assed Accessibility Is Insulting”

This Is What Ableism Looks Like

A real-life example of what ableism and micro-aggressions look like in action Rather than one or two overt, obvious, significant incidents, those of us who are both marginalized and privileged often experience a multitude of micro-aggressions. These wear away at us until we lose our patience with society’s ableist crap, and then people wonder whyContinue reading “This Is What Ableism Looks Like”

Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms

What it really means to have an inclusive classroom Inclusion is Not a Place. Inclusion is an attitude; it’s an embodied philosophy. Inclusion is borne out of school culture. Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students. When children with disabilities are lumped into general educationContinue reading “Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms”

The Social Model of Disability

How this aligns with the neurodiversity paradigm Where the pathology paradigm asks questions such as “what is wrong with the individual?”, the social model of disability asks questions such as “what are the barriers to accessibility and inclusion?” The social model and neurodiversity paradigm see divergent neurotypes as a benefit to our society in many ways, includingContinue reading “The Social Model of Disability”

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)

The feelings are real, but they got the causes all wrong. Did you know that RSD is not in the DSM-V, nor is it recognized in the psychiatric or psychological communities? Don’t get me wrong, people don’t need their experiences to be medicalized in order for them to be 100% real and valid. It canContinue reading “Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)”

Practical Classroom Supports

Actual accommodations and adaptations that help neurodivergent students thrive While every child’s needs are different, and some accommodations or supports may be complex, there are some that can be implemented right away, or at least fairy quickly and without great expense. What about you, your child, or your students? What supports and accommodations are mostContinue reading “Practical Classroom Supports”

Stop Gaslighting Children

Being bullied is never the fault of the victim Whereas approximately 25% of non-disabled and neurotypical youth experience bullying, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be victimized. It’s estimated that 60% of Autistic children and 40% of children with ADHD experience bullying in school. Why are we singling out the victims of bullyingContinue reading “Stop Gaslighting Children”