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Educating Your Child About Sexuality and Relationships

Sexuality and relationship education includes a wide range of information: changing bodies, dating, kissing, gender identity, being turned down for a date, healthy relationships, and more. We know that teaching kids about sexuality and relationships is the best way to keep them healthy and safe. Despite this knowledge, we are not given a lot of…

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What to Say When She Says, “I’m Autistic.”

“Mom, I’m autistic.” It was 1992. My eight-year-old first-born child, assigned female at birth, was holding a magazine article about an autistic girl. As a special education teacher, I knew a little about autism, but only a little. What was I supposed to say? I might have asked, “Why do you think you’re autistic?” and…

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Supporting Black Autistic Children and Youth

As a 2006 study pointed out, every single ethnic group includes people with disabilities, making them the world’s largest multicultural minority. In the United States, people with disabilities represent 27% of the population. During the 2021-2022 academic year, 7.3 million learners between the ages of 3 and 21 received special education services under provisions of…

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Building Autism Acceptance in the Classroom

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Whitley  With the increased number of individuals diagnosed with autism comes a need for increased understanding and acceptance. In order to create that acceptance, more and more schools are including students with disabilities, including autism, in learning…

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Self-Advocacy Matters. Here’s What You Need to Know

Without disability advocacy, the autistic community would not be thriving today. Autistic children would not be able to attend school, “autism” would be too stigmatized to mention, institutions and asylums would be the norm, and conversations about autism in the workplace would be virtually unheard of. The foundational, trailblazing advocacy efforts of early disabled activists…

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Why You Should Write a Letter of Intent and How to Do It

This original version of this article appeared on the Maryland Financial Advocates website. It is reposted here with permission from its author.  What would happen if you suddenly became unable to provide your child with the necessary supports he or she needs? Without you, your child would become dependent on other caregivers who do not possess…

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Financial Planning 101: Providing for an Autistic Child

Receiving a child’s autism diagnosis can be one of those moments in life when a raft of old notions shatters, and you are swept away by a tumultuous new reality. It can be hard to get your bearings and find a way to move forward after your world is turned upside down. You may need…

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From Job Search to the First Day on the Job

You did it. Congratulations! You made the choice to find a job. Whether you are looking for your first job or a new one, deciding to put yourself in front of employers via resumes and interviews is the hardest part of an arduous job search process. It takes a good amount of courage for anyone…

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Advocate for Accommodations in College

Accommodations can support success and learning in college. However, even college students with approved accommodations may experience barriers to receiving them. Deciding that you want to disclose your disability is the first step in obtaining approved accommodations, but it is not the end of the process. After you are approved for accommodations, you will need…

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Leveling the Playing Field for Autistic Parents

It’s 5:45 in the morning, and her feet patter into the room. She gets into the bed, rests her head next to mine on the pillow, and yells “Ruff” right in my ear. “Ruff, wake up, Daddy, Ruff.” Yep, dogs are still one of her favorite animals. I turn and say, “Ruff, good morning, Kenz.…

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