Unstrange Mind – a very insightful blog by an autistic adult – many great articles here (eg controversy of ABA, Facilitated Communication, stigma of disability, remembering that our children are listening etc).
I recently discovered Ido Kedar’s blog. He has severe autism, and communicates by typing – and I’ve found what he’s said to be very insightful. He has also written a book called “Ido in Autismland”, which I’m hoping to read soon.
A Challenge to Autism Professionals – Ido reminisces about the frustrations of having an intact mind but an unco-operative body, and exhorts professionals to rethink their theories that nonverbal people with autism have impaired thinking.
In this post, Ido comments that professionals consider a symptom of autism to be playing with parts of a toy, yet they themselves do this by pathologising children.
The following two articles were written by parents, following the same theme Ido wrote about – Presume Competence.
Presume competence – just because a child with autism isn’t responding in a way we recognise, doesn’t mean that they have an intellectual disability.
This article outlines how and why.