I’m Asperger’s, Not Autistic!

 

 

 

 

 

The recent decision by the DSM to combine the autism spectrum into one diagnosis have people diagnosed with Asperger’s fear that, if they are specifically called “Autistic”, they will be stigmatized with the autism label. Many have managed to avoid being called autistic because there are people who do not know that Asperger’s is a type of autism.

People who are autistics have to face their situation daily unlike people with Asperger’s who are incorrectly diagnosed because “Asperger’s” is not a stringently accurate term in the first place. The reason is that they either fit criteria for classic autism or are excluded from Asperger’s because of self-help delays. Also, many people who are diagnosed with Asperger’s are simply diagnosed that way because they appeared to be high-functioning.

They feel that those people who don’t know much about Asperger’s syndrome will stereotype them as Autistic. In addition, those with Asperger’s syndrome prefer to separate themselves from the stereotype of autistic people who fit the “non-verbal child rocking in the corner.” Whatever it may be, they are ready.

Please refer to the full article below.

http://chaoticidealism.livejournal.com/109991.html

Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education

Dr Shore meets with Shema Kolainu staff:

Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education

 A free workshop series for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum was presented by Dr. Stephen Shore, an Assistant Professor to the Department of Special Education, at Adelphi University.

As an introduction Dr. Joshua Weinstein Founder and CEO of ICare4Autism presented Shema Kolainu’s sister school Tishma in Jerusalem Israel. He presented a video of the school and its various activities.

He also spoke about Icare4autism and its vision of creating the Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Israel, dedicated to catalyzing breakthrough innovation in autism research and treatment.

Dr. Shore presented the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practices. Attendees were able to learn ways to implement and find practical solutions for including children with autism and other special needs into the regular education experience.

During the workshop Dr. Shore also shared a touching description of his own personal struggles and how he was successful in his life even with autism.

This workshop was held at our Brooklyn location and attendees were given a certificate of completion upon request.

 

Developing a “Team” Collaborative Approach for Autism

As part of our free workshop series at SKHOV, we held a workshop yesterday on the Development of a “Team” collaborative approach for Autism. Many parents and caregivers from all 5 boroughs were in attendance.

The workshop discussed the essential key members and their roles and responsibilities of a child with Autism. As discussed the “Team” Collaborative Approach consists of siblings, parents, extended family members, friends, teachers, therapists, physicians, and other medical professionals as well.

We also discussed the various mental, physical, dental, oral, and other health issues associated with Autism. People with Autism are prone to suffering a range of health related complication that can make life difficult, uncomfortable, and in come instances may cause social isolation.

Our next workshop will be held on December 11, 2012, which will be discussing the Promotion of Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education by Dr. Stephen Shore of Adelphi University.
This presentation will examine the development and educational use of accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice. Attendees will come away with easy to implement, practical solutions for including children with autism and other special needs into the regular education experience.

One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

A recent study has found that one in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation. Continue reading

City Hall Rally to Save Autism Funding 2012

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

On Tuesday, April 24, New York City Council Member Mark S. Weprin invited Council Members, service providers, and families of children with autism to a rally on the steps of City Hall, in an effort to urge the New York City Council to continue funding for its citywide autism initiative. Continue reading

Responding to a Child’s Autism Diagnosis

Listen to adults with autism. It may be hard to imagine your child with autism as an adult who could offer advice about autism to others, and many parents dismiss adults with autism for that reason. But adults with autism were once children and they went through many of the same things that your child will go through. Reading their writing or meeting them in person will be enormously calming, because it will allow you to imagine a future for your child with autism. Dr Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half and now regularly gives workshops at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices for parents and professionals drawing on his experiences growing up with autism. Continue reading

The House that Autism Built: Creating a Autism-Friendly Living Space

The House that Autism Built: Creating a Autism-Friendly Living Space

What can families in the autism community do to make their homes as livable as possible when factors such as stimming, special interests and sensory integration are a big part of family life? Continue reading

Autism: Still on The Rise

autism still on the riseIf you float in online autism circles you may be well aware of the new autism figures released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday.  While it has been evident for many years that the number of those with autism is steadily rising, yesterday’s announcement that the number of cases has risen 78 percent in the last ten years is a sobering reminder.

The number of autism cases in the United States has reached one in every 88 children, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports. The figures vary wildly between girls and boys with one in every 54 boys affected, five fold the prevalence in girls: one in 252. Continue reading

Autism Workshop Teaches Adaptive Daily Living Skills

Shema Kolainu's Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, fields a question.

Parents and professionals were welcomed into Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices today for a free autism workshop. Continue reading

Workshop on Employment for those with Autism keeps all Engaged

Autism Workshop

Dr. Stephen Shore presents "Employment Opportunities for People with Autism: Observations on Promoting Success"

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices was pleased to host a workshop presented by Dr. Stephen Shore this morning. Dr. Shore is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University and has published several books and chapters on autism including his personal experiences. Continue reading