I'm fiddling with the content taxonomies on my blog, so I thought I'd post some of the tag pages for the most common themes here.
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My articles tagged #ABA
My articles tagged #CRPD
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15 Jun
I'm doing an emergency fundraiser for @crippledcommie. If you donate $75 or more, I'll compose a song for you using your lyrics or you can tell me more or less what it should say and I will write the words. This is my piano. An example of a song which I composed follows below. Piano keys, a hydrangea, an...
I'll provide an audio-only version of your song as a sound file. If you prefer something instrumental only, that's fine too.

Here is an example of a song which I composed. Ignore the low-res pic, this is just to give you an idea of the music.

You'll find the lyrics of that song below it on YouTube.
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15 Jun
Friends, everybody, Americans and others with strong currency, can you PLEASE donate ASAP? This is desperate. People with communication disabilities are among the most vulnerable people in our community.
Please donate here. At our exchange rate, it would take me YEARS to earn this money, but if 100 Americans give $40 each, this will work. Please help out.

CW: Abuse

"Their parents kept them locked in their room at night for years and years, boarding up the windows, removing the lights from inside, taking away everything but their bed, and all without a sanitary way to relieve themself, for up to about 12 hours at a time."
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15 Jun
A good way to make sure nobody speaks against ABA is to reduce people's ability to say what you don't like.
With the right supports for the various communication disabilities in autism, we could have a lot of nonspeaking autistic people communicating. Here's a thread with approx. 100 nonspeakers who have something to say.
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14 Jun
[THREAD] I am going to start curating resources for an Autistic Strategies Network course for autism professionals.
There is an abject shortage of schools for autistic children in my country 🇿🇦, but simply replicating what's already out there will not meet the need. We have to fix up what's currently broken. This course would be part of that, but it's not the whole solution.
The course will be constructed largely around publicly available artefacts, and one of the key learning mechanisms will be exegesis, or, more simply, comprehension tests.
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14 Jun
If you have brought a human into the world without explaining your excuse to them very clearly (and by the way, they don't have to agree that it was a good idea), then...
...you shouldn't wonder why at the age of 10 they are being noncompliant to your list of daily and weekly chores or any other expectation you have of them, for that matter.
You can't just say daft things like, "If you don't bath, you will stink," or, "You must do your homework if you want to have a job one day, young lady!"

There are too many assumptions built into these glibly communicated consequences.
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14 Jun
If you are teaching autistic children, you must not teach them an oversimplified lie like that if someone smiles, it means they are happy. If you do, you're basically gaslighting them.

You can teach them that smiling is often a sign that someone may be happy.
You can also say that the smiley emoticon is used to indicate that someone is pleased with something.
If you are going to try to make them smile for the camera or smile when greeting people, you really need to sort out the rationale for those things in your own head before you embark on such a mission.
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