Airplanes and the Autistic

Airplanes and the Autistic

By Tejas Rao Sankar At the airport, I am in otherwise a happy place. I am traveling to a beautiful country I have never visited before. The aerobridge into the aircraft is not available. Boarding is not going to be easy. I am stuck at the bottom

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Virtual Conferences Provide Key Opportunity for Accessibility

Virtual Conferences Provide Key Opportunity for Accessibility

By John Loeppky There was concern from some at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that, in the words of research journal Nature, 2020 could be “a year without conferences.” Though cancellations or postponements from some of the world’s biggest conferences – academic and otherwise – were

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Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

By Dana Vilker Around the world, the LGBTQA+ community is starting to recognize the place of neurodivergent members in the community and the need for our inclusion. At first glance, sexuality seems to have little in common with neurodiversity. Sure, the two communities fight for recognition and

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Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

By Adam Lodestone As an Autistic (Neurodivergent, or ND) adult, I often hear Neurotypical (NT) people say that I am being rude if I interrupt them when they are speaking or if I happen to talk over them. According to NT social norms and communication rules, such

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How to Advocate for Climate Change

How to Advocate for Climate Change

Empower yourself to help save the planet Climate change is an issue that impacts everyone, especially children. The impacts can be seen first-hand, as the planet warms, and human fingerprints are all over the consequences: bigger, stronger hurricanes; deadly heat waves; more intense downpours; and devastating wildfires.

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Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

By Terra Vance Lulu Is a Rhinoceros Matthew Rushin asked his mom to send my daughter Lulu is a Rhinoceros, a children’s book by record executive and justice reform activist, Jason Flom, and his daughter, Allison Flom, and illustrated by Sophie Corrigan. Lulu is a Rhinoceros is

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Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

By David Gray-Hammond People have found me weird my entire life. I am autistic. I am a recovering drug addict. I have experienced psychosis. I am asexual. All of these things represent a departure from the status quo. When people ask, “What is normal?” the resounding answer

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The Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities

The Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities

By Olusegun Akinfenwa The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into the worst precarious health and economic crisis in recent memory and widened the global inequality gap. Unfortunately, both health-wise and financially, the impacts are more telling on persons with disabilities. While it is no longer news

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