Accommodations are not Rewards

Disability accommodations are among the most important factors in allowing autistic and other neurodivergent people to equally access an education. “Equally access” here is the key phrase, because the entire purpose of accommodations for a disability at an academic institution is to ensure the same opportunity for all students to access an education (and the … Continue reading Accommodations are not Rewards

Eight Keys to Supporting Autistic Students at School (from an Autistic Person)

Few traditions are as time-honored and universal than the yearly return of kids to school and the flurry of excitement, nervousness, and perhaps too many school supplies that come with it. And though the start of the 2020 school year is a bit different in some places than in previous years, the fact is that … Continue reading Eight Keys to Supporting Autistic Students at School (from an Autistic Person)

They Were Wrong

Well, folks, it’s official. I am a high school graduate! Well, technically I’ve been “graduated” since May, but the school held the actual ceremony this week. Despite the delay, I walked across the stage and got my diploma last Thursday on the school's football field. I think that for everyone a high school graduation is … Continue reading They Were Wrong

Unintended Consequences of School Rules – How you may be hurting your autistic students and not even know it.

Pretty soon, I'm going back to school for the last time before I am an adult. It's the start of my senior year of high school, and by the end of the year I will have completed the journey of public education that I began thirteen years ago. For essentially as long as I remember, … Continue reading Unintended Consequences of School Rules – How you may be hurting your autistic students and not even know it.