Did you know that autistic people can be overwhelmed by stimuli in their environment? To show our support for a more inclusive Australia and New Zealand, we proudly wore our hoodies up across our offices. Hoodie up and celebrate National Autism Acceptance Month! ☺️ #AutismAcceptanceMonth
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One proud little lady modeling her #specialolympics ribbon and new #autismacceptancemonth tshirt 😍
I am so excited for these shirts that staff and students at my school were able to order this year. I was thrilled to have all my staff and students wear them to Special Olympics, amongst a sea of puzzle pieces and "differently abled" slogans. Most of all, I was proud to wear the artwork of an #actuallyautistic artist and spread a message supported by the autistic community 🤗
My school community is changing. Acceptance is growing. Differences are being celebrated. Diverse perspectives are being appreciated. And I am so, so proud and grateful to be part of it. #redinstead#autismacceptance#celebrateneurodiversity
It's hard to quantify Rob's level of independence as it differs depending on the task. But I guess I would say that overall he's fairly independent. He requires the most hands on assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) (e.g., handwashing, tooth brushing, showering, wiping) and meal preparation (e.g., cutting, cooking, clean up). These are skills that Rob has yet to acquire, but we are working on them daily. He is very close to being able to wash his hands independently! He only requires the occasional reminder to use soap 🧼
Robert also appears more dependent than he actually is. He is very capable of completing many daily tasks (e.g., cleaning up spills, throwing away trash, getting a simple snack, putting on his socks); however, he also knows that most of the time, if he makes a little bit of a fuss, Mom will do these things for him. When I first moved home I would send Mom and Dad out for a date night so Rob and I could spend some time alone together. Without Mom and Dad in the house I was able to see how independent Rob could truly be. Not surprisingly, I found that he was capable of so much! I've been working with @debrafbk1661 on taking a step back and giving Rob the opportunity to complete simple tasks on his own. I know it's hard for her to not do everything for Rob, she just wants him to have an easy, happy life. But, allowing him the opportunity to independently complete tasks is crucial for his future success! 💙
#AvrilArtAutiste jour 25 : mouvement.
Nouvel extrait de ma pièce Les antennes et les branches :
Pacôme se lève et se regarde dans le miroir.
Se lever. C’est la première étape. C’est la plus longue étape.
On rigole bien avec moi, on dit souvent que je suis un peu fofolle.
On peut effectuer une rotation latérale de sorte à prendre appui avec les mains sur le matelas afn
de redresser ensuite le torse tout en extrayant les pieds du lit pour, dans l’idéal, les poser sur le
sol. C’est un bon début. On a la tête haute et les pieds sur terre. C’est un bon début.
On dit souvent que je suis complètement tarée.
Il existe bien d’autres méthodes. On peut également effectuer un enchaînement de rotations
latérales jusqu’à tomber du lit. Le résultat est toutefois peu probant. En effet, le corps se situe
alors en dehors du lit mais encore plus bas, ce qui ne fait ensuite qu’accentuer la difficulté à se
Autism Acceptance Month Day 21: School
I wish stim toys had been more of a thing when I was in school. I used to doodle on everything (notes, tests, desks, myself, etc) and I would get so into it that I would miss chunks of lessons. My teachers hated it. Later on in high school I would fall asleep, and finally I just started cutting class altogether. I'm not saying a few squish balls and a fidget spinner could have made me a straight A student, but they definitely would have helped.
Happy Friday! April is National Autism #acceptance month! To continue our celebration, we will be featuring some of our members throughout the month and sharing their thoughts on #autism.
Everyone, meet Matt! •
What do you enjoy about MAC?: I joined the group when I was 23. Up until that point I had not known a single individual on the autism spectrum. This sort of thing can leave you alienated as you spend your whole life feeling like an outsider that even the most obscure people don’t understand. I don’t feel like I need to mask my autistic traits when I’m around other members, and that’s taken a lot of stress and anxiety out of socializing.
What would you like people to know about you despite having an autism diagnosis?: I don’t see my diagnoses as a tragedy. It is without a doubt a triumph. I wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood, and it brought a sense of clarity to my life. I’ve made more personal and professional achievements in the two years since my diagnosis than all my years of schooling combined. I am not held back; I am lifted up.
What do you feel is your greatest strength?: Probably my writing ability, if that wasn’t’ already obvious by all the cliché and purpose prose in the last two responses.
What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment?: There’s a whole bunch of personal stuff tied up with my greatest accomplishment. Without going into too much detail, I consider my greatest accomplishment to be recognizing that my depression was causing a great deal of harm to me and I needed to get help. It’s still a work in process, but it was the first step on a long road that eventually lead me to here.
Like I said in my last post, Lucas receives 3 different therapies. Some would argue that he doesn’t need any therapy and he should just be a kid. We know that evidence based research proves that early intervention is the key for success for autistic individuals. We struggle, like many special needs parents, to find balance. When can Lucas be just a kid? Swim lessons, baseball and cub scouts are a part of Lucas’ life. But often he can’t just be a kid without the helpful tools therapy provides. We try to make decisions everyday that we hope are in the best interests of Lucas even if they are hard ones to make.
Autism Acceptance Month Day 20: Talk Identity + Language (person-first, etc)
I personally can't stand person-first language. Partly because it's propaganda spread by allistics and partly because it doesn't make logical sense. A "person with autism" sounds like a person "with child" like I'm pregnant with my autism and one day I'm going to birth it out and then I won't be autistic anymore. That's not going to happen. I want allistics to understand that autistics can't "go back to normal" because we never were. It's not our fault you didn't notice.
My daughter @gracegoad_autismart and I have work in this exhibition, “Ambassadors for Autism,” at Belmont University’s Curb Center. Reception Fri. PM. Featured solo exhibition closing reception next day, @shimaigallery See image directly below on this account grid or Grace’s Insta account.
HUMANS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: CAMILLA "As a society, I think we are far too quick to judge a book by its cover. I cringe whenever I see assumptions people make when they hear the terms “Autism” and “ADHD”, particularly the way society tends to limit children with these labels. When a child receives a diagnosis, that shouldn’t be an invitation for the rest of the world to make assumptions. Rather, it should be a call to action for adults to better support that child and help peers understand and appreciate that child." Read Camilla's story here: https://www.icannetwork.com.au/2019/04/camilla-21/
This is the 24th in a series of 30 profiles we are sharing as part of our "Humans On The Autism Spectrum" campaign during April's #AutismAcceptanceMonth. To see all profiles to date: https://www.icannetwork.com.au/humans-2019/
Just a little reminder ♥️
I would ask that before you consider supporting or donating your money to Autism Speaks you do some research, see what they support and what their money goes to, and talk to some autistic people and ask them their thoughts. Autism Speaks does not speak for the overwhelming majority of Autistic people.
A lot of people already know about autism. This isn’t about autism awareness, it’s about autism acceptance. So let’s not “light it up blue” this April and let’s “go red instead”.
Sylvia is today’s winner of this fabulous gift from Crux of a gorgeous Concrete vessel and white woods candle. 😊🎉🙌. Thank you Atwater Village and Crux for being so amazing and helping us raise money for the Autism Society during Autism Awareness month! #AtwaterLove you can still get tickets for amazing Atwater prizes and contribute to #AtwaterCaresAboutAutism at treehaus any day in April 10-6
🗣Hey to all my South Florida followers, I will be speaking at this event this Saturday. I will be talking about developing an effective IEP. If you are in the area I hope to see you there. And thank you to the Chi Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for inviting me back again this year!
Children with autism do not always get the same sense of inclusion at school or extracurricular activities as other children, resulting in feeling excluded or isolated. This is why we move beyond awareness and toward inclusion and acceptance. MAGIC provides a welcoming and safe space for your child to explore and have fun through dance! 💫⭐️ #makeMAGIChappen#doitforthekids
Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Here’s Kate, our #eastbayabc AA, hammering lollipops into tiny pieces for our client who satiates on them quickly 😂
Thank you to all the wonderful admin staff who go to great lengths to keep things running smoothly!🍭
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month Day #24
Many Autistic people experience meltdowns and shutdowns. Today we wanted to take a little bit of time to discuss what these terms mean, why they occur, and some tips for what to do if someone you know is experiencing one. Both meltdowns and shutdowns are responses to overwhelming emotions or sensory input and can happen to both children and adults.
A meltdown is a period of anger, sadness, or fear. Common signs of a meltdown may include screaming, crying, yelling, stimming, or retreating to a safe space. This behavior may be confused with a tantrum, but while a tantrum is a behavior commonly employed by children to get something they want from an authority figure, a meltdown is a response and isn't a "power play." A shutdown is a period of mental stalling and manifests as a person being partially unresponsive or having delayed responses to outside stimuli as a result of inner turmoil and anxiety. The person experiencing a shutdown may stop talking, stare blankly into space, or become sensitive to noise and lights.
Possible triggers may include sounds, lights, temperature, unexpected or unfamiliar people or events, being overly hungry, thirsty, or tired. Often, but not always, there is a build up period and you may notice more agitation.
If someone you know is experiencing one of these conditions, first remember that the person is not choosing to make your life difficult! They are most likely distressed and may be afraid. You can help them by reducing sources of sensory input such as lights and sound, providing water and a comfort item like a weighted blanket or preferred toy. Calmly tell the person that you are there for them and stay near. If they normally like to be touched they may want you to hold or hug them.
We acknowledge that this can be a sensitive subject and that the person writing this post (It's me, Michelle W.!) is non-autistic. If you feel I've gotten something wrong or would like to add your perspective, feel free to let me know in the comments or by messaging us.
Autism Junction is Canada’s Online #Autism Service Directory
Whether you are looking for dentists who specialize in patients with autism, financial assistance or funding opportunities or are in need of vocational training, this database has you covered. With a few easy clicks of the mouse, you can navigate your way to services near you.
If you know of a service provider or you yourself provide a service and would like to have the information included in our database, please fill out the online submission form found at autismjunction.ca.
This is a ⭐ GREAT ⭐ reminder for all of us today!! It's so easy to let extrinsic forces determine how we view our selves and our self worth 🗣️ However, it's important to get to the point where acceptance and love ♥️ comes intrinsically!!! If you are dependent on others for acceptance, you will ALWAYS be disappointed 😔---you are never able to please everyone 🤷♀️
Happy World Autism Day ❤️💙💛 There is no cure for autism because autism is not a “disease” it is a disorder. When you look up the definition of the word disorder it reads : “a disrupt in the systematic functioning, or neat arrangement of”. world autism day isn’t about finding a “cure”. It is about awareness. Because with awareness comes acceptance ❤️💙 spread the word spread the love #autism#autismacceptance#autismacceptancemonth#worldautismday#awareness#acceptance#love