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Campaign starts TODAY: #AllowAACinTherapy. It's aimed at doctors, psychologists and other clinical professionals, and at the institutions that empower them to disempower disabled people. I have seriously had enough of this nonsense from them.
Doctors do this regularly to one of my friends who is mostly nonspeaking.

A psychologist did it to me when I at a time that I lost speech frequently.

Professionals should #AllowAACinTherapy. #CommunicationFIRST, not 'speech first'. They must stop violating the #CRPD.
People with communication disabilities should not be expected to make appointments using a telephone. You should not have to register as a Deaf person to be allowed to use AAC.

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[THREAD] If you're an autistic activist who speaks, and you've recently joined the fight for the communication rights of nonspeaking autistic people, I want you to know that you're going to have opposition, particularly from ABA people. This thread is to help you in that fight.
Your priority shouldn't be policing person-first language and puzzle pieces, or people calling themselves 'autism moms'. Those things can wait. Your focus should be on communication access for their children. You need to SUPPORT them in getting that. They may not know it exists.
I have been in this area of advocacy for several years now, as a speaking autist advocating for nonspeakers' rights, and I am able to share some of my learning with you on what works and what doesn't. You win some, you lose some. Let's learn together.
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Some months ago I shared a video of nonspeaking autistic author Lucy Blackman typing a conference speech. Today I am sharing Lucy's bio at the Brotherhood of the Wordless site.…
Autism at Cal (at UC Berkeley) has elected @HariSri108 as its new president. Hari is the first nonspeaking autist to fulfil this role.…
Today I'm sharing a poem by nonspeaking autistic poet Imane Boukaila, titled 'In the Quarantine Body'.
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Nonspeakers are rarely the authors of their own narratives in academic journals. This article changes that, with nonspeakers Samuel Capozzi, Dillan Barmache and Emma Cladis giving their own direct accounts of mentoring for autistics by autistics.…
Today I'm sharing a 2018 interview with nonspeaking autist Rhema of the Rhema's Hope blog, in which she gives advice to therapists about helping her and others like her with impulse control and other challenges associated with autism.…
Nonspeaking autist Matteo Musso writes about how learning to use a letterboard liberated him, and how ABA is not useful to nonspeakers trying to prevent themselves from having meltdowns. #CommunicationFirst #istandwithnonspeakers…
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Here's what I see in the lethargic response from most #ABAICon19 delegates towards the idea of condemning torture...
The ABAI leadership and conferencegoers actually don't care about human rights because they don't care about humans.
There's no point anymore in trying to persuade them to care. All that remains now is to show those who do care that the ABAI is a despicable institution, and that membership and adherence to its code of ethics is merely a pact of honour among thieves.
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