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I’m seriously concerned that the schools aren’t doing enough (change that:  aren’t doing anything!) to prepare students on the autism spectrum for a range of careers that are beginning to open up for them in the workplace.  So much of recent educational ”reform” has been about preparing our students to be college and career-ready.  If this...
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We’re headed for a sea change when it comes to neurological disabilities in the workplace.  Up until now, the model most often used has been deficit-oriented:  people with neurological disabilities lack normal functioning; they need extra help in order to become effective employees.  However, a new paradigm is emerging that turns this model on its head.  Now...
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I was happy to see recently a post on the Encyclopedia Brittanica blog that featured an interview with Cambridge University researcher Simon Baron-Cohen on the topic of neurodiversity.  When asked about the movement, Baron-Cohen replied:  “The neurodiversity movement has been a very positive influence in reminding us that there is no single pathway in neurological...
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  The history of special education in the United States is a dramatic one. Without going into the whole legislative history, suffice it to say that during the 1970's, due in large part to increasing scientific involvement in special needs issues as well as concerted parent advocacy efforts during the 1960's and 1970's, public schools...
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