AUTISM SELF ADVOCATES: “OUT OF THE BOX”. Panel Discussion Autistic Advocates “Out of the Box”. Valerie Paradiz, PhD NASDDDS Mid-Year Meeting Nashville, TN May 8, 2008 www.ValerieParadiz.com. Personal Background. Grassroots Advocacy Mousey Professor Writing as Social Scripting
AUTISM SELF ADVOCATES: “OUT OF THE BOX”
Panel DiscussionAutistic Advocates “Out of the Box”
Valerie Paradiz, PhD
NASDDDS Mid-Year Meeting
Nashville, TN May 8, 2008
Employment & Disclosure
At almost 40 years old, I am just now developing sustainable employment options that truly utilize my strengths and talents. It didn’t have to take so long! I went to dozens of VR agencies – state and private – and was turned away because how on earth could I need a job coach if I have a master’s degree? Zosia Zaks
One of the things for my own being is that the MRDD where I to live shares because was not properly dx before age of 22 they cannot serve me and so for me would like “AGE” as a factor for qualifying for services removed but the “NEED” should promote the services of what is needed for that individual regardless of the age.Sondra Williams
It feels raw to acknowledge that which we work so hard to hide, but only by turning ourselves inside out will they start to understand. We are damned if we do and damned if we don't. The more 'successful' we appear, the less support we can obtain even if we are desperate for it. Someday people will learn to value our strengths over what we hide (or cannot). And when that day comes, and we don't have to hide anymore, we can spend that energy achieving. Dena Gassner
Long Term Plans for People on the Autism Spectrum: Challenges, Opportunities, and Cost Considerations
Lars Perner, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Clinical MarketingDepartment of Marketing, Marshall School of BusinessUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA 90089-0443Phone: (213) 740-7127 Cell: (760) email@example.com /
http://www.LarsPerner.com (Personal Site)
http://www.AspergersSyndrome.org (Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Information)
http://www.ConsumerPsychologist.com (Marketing and Consumer Psychology)
http://www.ProfessorsAdvice.com (College Preparation and Survival for People on the Autism Spectrum)
When does shaming begin?
Where is it reinforced?
How does it escalate?
What are the consequences?
Failure to invest a small amount into this population is absurd.
In home support for personal organization and childcare
Supported employment w/ self-employment models
Streamlined and specially designed accommodation are needed just to access services
Adequate but specialized supports for academics and life skills are critical for post-secondary options
Wrap around support like above, financial aid, lighter schedules will increase employment outcomes
Workplace and school coaching to support disclosure and tolerance
Meaningful access to the community for social and recreational inclusion