How police can avoid shooting the mentally ill

Police And People With Disabilities: Why Do They Kill Us?

Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds - Disability Scoop

Study on 'extreme male brain' theory of autism draws critics — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

[…]Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is similarly unconvinced about the new findings. “It’s a bigger sample but there’s not much new here,” she says. “It doesn’t prove that there are differences in anything except on the scales [Baron-Cohen] has created.” […]

From our Friends at Autism Women’s Network!

Image description: A square shaped meme with blue and green coloring blended together and the following words in white capital letters: “On this Labor Day, we recognize that close to 30% of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are employed are working in sheltered workshops. In sheltered workshops employees:Make less than the federal minimum wage, often less than $1 per hourAre often segregated and isolated from the community Do not have the benefits of workers’ compensationDo not have the privilege of collective bargainingAre exploited and trapped in cycle of poverty. Labor is a disability rights civil issue.”Facebook.com/AutismWomensNetwork

From our Friends at Autism Women’s Network!

Image description: A square shaped meme with blue and green coloring blended together and the following words in white capital letters: “On this Labor Day, we recognize that close to 30% of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are employed are working in sheltered workshops. 

In sheltered workshops employees:

Make less than the federal minimum wage, often less than $1 per hour
Are often segregated and isolated from the community 
Do not have the benefits of workers’ compensation
Do not have the privilege of collective bargaining
Are exploited and trapped in cycle of poverty. 

Labor is a disability rights civil issue.”

Facebook.com/AutismWomensNetwork

mellopetitone:

trans-carlos:

anyone know of a pdf reader that lets me change the font (wanna change it to open dyslexia for my autism) or that in general makes things more acessible?

What you should look for is an epub program that allows you to change font (I know Sumatra PDF off the top of my head). If you can highlight the text in a PDF, the font can be changed when it is converted to epub. If the PDF is essentially an image scan, then there’s nothing you can do.

To change the font in Sumatra PDF, click settings in the menu bar, then advanced options. A .txt file will pop up. Scroll or ctrl+f to find the font. Once you’ve found it, enter the exact name, hit save on the text editor, and open the file in Sumatra PDF. 

I tried downloading a font to see if it worked with those. Put it with the other fonts. On windows, this is C:\Windows\Fonts. I ran into an issue where the font I downloaded displayed GregorianFLF Medium as the name, but the font name when I opened the file was GregorianFLF. The program responded to GregorianFLF but not GregorianFLF Medium. Whether it’s a font that came with your operating system or a downloaded font, make sure you have the correct name or it will display the default font setting instead.

A Kansas City, Mo., couple had their daughter taken into custody by the state two days after her birth because both parents were blind. A Chicago mother, because she is quadriplegic, endured an 18-month legal battle to keep custody of her young son. A California woman paid an advance fee to an adoption agency, then was told she might be unfit to adopt because she has cerebral palsy.

Disabled Parents Often Lose Custody Of Children, Report Finds

This is such a serious problem! Child welfare laws across the U.S. allow children to be taken from their parents because their parents are considered “unfit” due to a disability. Not negligence, abuse, etc. - just blindness or paralysis or autism.

(via disabilityhistory)

Things “social skills” courses actually need to teach

autisticfandomthings:

  • How to set and enforce boundaries.
  • How to say no.
  • How to say no without making people think you hate them.
  • How to refuse sex without getting beaten up.
  • How to detect and obey other people’s boundaries.
  • How and when to disclose disability.
  • How to comfort people.

Things social skills courses actually teach:

  • Passing .
  • Heteronormativity.
  • Gender norms.
  • How to survive if you are magically transported to the world of american high school teen movies.

waterkln:

im going to look Actively autistic when im in college. im gonna flap and bob whenever i damn well please and i will take down anyone who makes snide comments at me, i don’t give a fuck if i make allistics uncomfortable

An Autistic Adult's Guide to Getting Hired

danialexis:

Because I need more projects in my life (lol), I’m mapping out a job-seeking guide for autistic adults and answering job-seeking questions via blog.  Please send questions!