Labels! Labels! Positives Only for Self-Esteem Please! 2

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Negative Medical Terminology

Have you noticed that special needs diagnoses have negative terms like deficit, hyperactive, pervasive, disorder, and syndrome? Would having these terms used to describe you help your self-esteem? How do you think it makes our children feel?

The reality is they are the “correct” medical terms. They are the terms on medical records that follow our children throughout their lives. However, is it any wonder that our children have problems with self-esteem …. Read more at Special-Ism.com

Laura Nagle’s “Vectors of Autism” 2

Laura Nagle At Pacific Rim Conference ©Delightfully Different Life

Those of you who actually read my blog know who Laura is already, but here are two prior posts about her for any who missed them:

  1. Helping Fund the Dialogue to Improve Our Children’s Future
  2. Three Voices of Inspiration: Promoting Accommodation, Acceptance and Appreciation of Differences 

The documentary, Vectors of Autism is now available for purchase. Its beautiful cinematography, animation, and music score help to bring Laura’s inspirational story to life, as she identifies the challenges she has faced and offers hope and insights to others. The documentary is worth every penny!

Go to: http://lauranagle.net/Film.htm to purchase!

Delightfully Different Life to “I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers”: #AutismPositivity2012 Flash Blog Event 5

Dear Aspie,

I understand how you might feel that way. There are people in this world who think we should all be like them. They make others feel bad about themselves. They do not understand that you have many gifts to offer the world. I want to share with you a favorite quote I came across again recently while reading  Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall:

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.  

E.E. Cummings

This is the life of an Aspie, but I want you to know the fight is worthwhile.

Much of the book is Hall’s conversations with Professor Arthur Watkins, Master of Words. Hall is not learning the words for the first time, rather he is learning more about the origin of words and the power hidden within words. I am only beginning the book, but I want to share with you the definition of two words.

The Hindu word, namasté (pronounced nah-mah-STAY). According to Hall, Mahatma Gandhi once told Albert Einstein, “Namasté. It means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace, and wisdom.” Hall notes, “It recognizes that no one, not one soul, in the human family is exempt from receiving gifts that are uniquely his or her own.” He goes on to describe every individual as authentic.

Arthur Watkins noted authentic comes from two words one means self and one means being. Therefore, authentic “means being yourself.”

Hall states, “Namasté salutes authenticity. Society often does not.”

I think it should.

Many are trying to change this and they are true inspirations. I wrote about some of them earlier this month for autism awareness. Please read: Three Voices of Inspiration and More Than Autism Awareness: Acceptance, Appreciation, and Accommodation So They Can Soar! 

I believe your generation will be the one to truly change the world to a kinder and more accepting place. Please stay around to see it happen and please celebrate your uniqueness for it really is a good thing.

Join Discussion Re: NJ Dad Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child 2

Join Discussion Re: NJ Dad Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child

  • I would love to know your thoughts on this one! You may respond here or at the FB link.
  • What would you do if this happen to your nonverbal child? 
  • How do we protect them? 
  • Do you agree with the way this father is handling this situation? 
  • Did he commit a crime? 
  • Did this affect the school’s response? 
  • Should he have gone further up the school’s chain of command? 
  • Should he have asked the school to investigate why is son was suddenly angry before he did what he did?

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