Disability Hacks

Disability Hack: Check Your Ethernet Cable If Your Internet Is Acting Wonky

We all know home internet is really important to autistics. It connects us with the world wide community, games, social media etc. Having no internet is the same as being cut off from the world and it is meltdown inducing.  A few years ago, we switched from cable to DSL internet because the cable company… Continue reading Disability Hack: Check Your Ethernet Cable If Your Internet Is Acting Wonky

Autistic History

Autistic History: Willowbrook State School (MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING)

  Willowbrook was a  New York state funded asylum that front itself as a school for the developmentally disabled that was established in the 1930's. It was a complex of buildings that housed adults and children who were developmentally disabled. It was located in Staten Island, a borough of New York City. In this institution,… Continue reading Autistic History: Willowbrook State School (MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING)

Disability Hacks, Disabled Parenting

Americans: Did you know Medicaid Covers Nutrition Shakes, Incontience Supplies, and weighted vests?

Medicaid covers more than what they tell parents and patients.  I made this discovery a few years ago. N is on pedicure for weight gain. J is on pedicure because sometimes she cannot eat due to stomach issues.  Pediasure We were worried about N not gaining enough weight and because of how tiny he was.… Continue reading Americans: Did you know Medicaid Covers Nutrition Shakes, Incontience Supplies, and weighted vests?

Ableism, Disabled Parenting, Discrimination

Always Presume Competence, The Consequences Can Be Dangerous

It is extremely important to presume competence in everyone. It does not matter if the person is disabled or not. The consequences can be dangerous.  Yesterday morning, N jumped off his top bunk and landed on the floor. My husband tried catching him but was unsuccessful. We kept him home from school that day and… Continue reading Always Presume Competence, The Consequences Can Be Dangerous

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Ableism, autistic culture, Discrimination

Disability Has No Age Limits

There is a common misconception that a child can outgrow autism, ADHD, dyslexia or any other neurodivergency. This is harmful, especially when the neurodivergent child grows up and tries to go along with their life in a world that is not built for them. Incidents due to this ableist agism happens all the time and… Continue reading Disability Has No Age Limits

Autistic History, Holocaust

Autistic History: Hans Asperger

Background Johann Friedrick Karl Asperger (1906-1980) was born on February 18, 1906 in Hausbrunn,Vienna, Austria on a farm near Vienna. He was the oldest of three sons. Parents were Sophie and Johann Asperger.  Hans parents were raised on a farm but Hans and his brothers were raised in the city of Vienna. His younger brother Karl… Continue reading Autistic History: Hans Asperger

Ableism, Disabled Parenting, Discrimination

Do not Feel Guilty About Recieving a Disability Payment for Yourself of Your Children

This is a rampant problem with both the disabled and the non disabled parents. There is shaming on both sides. People are made to feel guilty for participating in a disability program that is funded by the government. In the United States, it is SSI. I have been on the receiving end of this as… Continue reading Do not Feel Guilty About Recieving a Disability Payment for Yourself of Your Children

Ableism, Discrimination, Growing up undiagnosed, Queerphobia

Unconsented Disclosure of Disability: An Autistic Perspective

    It is generally accepted that no one outs an LGBTQ person on their sexual orientation or gender identity, the individual comes out of the closet themselves. The person in question controls that conversation. It can have unwanted consequences. It leaves people open for bullying, discrimination, etc.   Unconsented disclosure is on the rise… Continue reading Unconsented Disclosure of Disability: An Autistic Perspective

Ableism, autistic culture, Deaf Culture, Discrimination

30 Years since the ADA was Enacted and We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that bans discrimination against disabled people in ares of public life. This includes jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the ADA is give disabled people… Continue reading 30 Years since the ADA was Enacted and We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do