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My Experience with Person First Language

June 21, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Person First Language identifies who I am as a person who is made up of various identities. Identify first language places my identity first. I prefer person first language, as my identity is a beautiful rainbow making up who I am, being on the Autism Spectrum is one aspect of my identity. The use of

Exploring the Neurodiversity Movement

June 13, 2016 by | Uncategorized

A multitude of misconceptions can exist around mental diversity for those people who have not been directly impacted by disability in their lives. Much like the diverse ethnic, cultural and personal differences that exist in our society, different brain functions exist that have been labeled as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome,

5 Reasons businesses should employ workers with disabilities

June 1, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Ford is launching a new pilot program to employ individuals with autism starting June 1st called FordInclusiveWorks. Ford partnered with the Autism Alliance of Michigan to bring to fruition this program that provides much needed opportunities for individuals with autism and allows them to use their unique skill set to contribute in valuable ways. Forward-thinking companies

Alabama announces state summit on disability employment

May 16, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced recently  that a statewide Summit on Disability Employment has been scheduled for October. Governor Bentley has partnered with both the Alabama Labor Commissioner and Mental Health Commissioner. The Summit was announced following the Governor’s tour of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham. Thompson Policy Institute’s DisAbility Summit happened earlier this May and suggested that

An invitation to Thompson Policy Institute’s Inaugural DisAbility Summit Tuesday, May 3rd at the Musco Center for the Arts

April 26, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism would like to extend an open invitation to our inaugural DisAbility Summit. Even though registration is required, the Summit is free and open to the public, so join us May 3rd, 2016 at Chapman University’s brand new Musco Center for the Arts for exciting

Reblog: Chapman’s new Thompson Policy Institute explores data on autism at its first annual DisAbility Summit, May 3

April 25, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability and Autism will present its findings at the inaugural DisAbility Summit, to be held in Chapman’s new Musco Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The DisAbility Summit, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon (9-10 a.m. registration and networking; 10 am-noon conference), is

Autism in the workplace

March 30, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Transitioning to independence during young adulthood is a pivotal and challenging time for everyone. For young adults with special needs, this transition period of new challenges can be particularly difficult. People with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities, may have social and communicative deficits which may impact their ability to successfully advocate for