Response to ASHA on RPM

My initial, unedited thoughts on the ASHA statement release on RPM (Rapid Prompting Method) and FC.  There is more to come. My Initial Thoughts on ASHA's stance on RPM from Laura Nadine on Vimeo.

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When Charity Taketh Away

How Autism Speaks stole income from working Autistic people This past week I presented at a conference in San Diego called Love and Autism.  The conference was put together by the amazing professionals at The Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California. I have spoken at many conferences, but this one is the most […]

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Collective Friendship

Dear Phoenix, Back in early 2015 I was working hard to grow past many of my limitations, and push myself towards my dream.  I wrote a script for one of my 5 minute positive takeaway videos, but never got a chance to make it.  Chasing a dream takes ample energy, and all of my resources. […]

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Teaching Phoenix to Climb

Dear Phoenix, It has been a few days since I last wrote to you, but something amazing has happened.  I am in Alta, Wyoming attending the wedding of a good friend of mine.  She wanted my shadow songs to accompany her wedding on the top of a mountain facing Grand Teton.  It is beautiful. To […]

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The Day I Was Wrong, and it was Fantastic.

Dear Phoenix, Presuming competence is the foundation for effective special education.  We can no longer build models based on repetitive behaviors, rewards, and exclusion.  Our lack of understanding as educators must be the curiosity incubator rather than the cage that causes us to recoil when our foundations and pedagogies are questioned.  We must evolve from […]

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Vendergood

Dear Phoenix, Vendergood.  It’s a real thing.  Sometime in the early 1900’s a rarely known man by the name of William James Sidis created a constructed language called Vendergood.  He combined Latin, Greek, French, German and other Romance languages to create his very own.  He had taught himself 8 languages.  He did this by the […]

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Why Don’t You Just…Be Like Everyone Else.

I live in the land of in-between.  It is a desolate place that is uncomfortably wedged between charity and respect.  An unscheduled stop on the road to independence where many people with disabilities find themselves abandoned.  Few of us arrive by choice.  The land of In-between is where people with invisible disabilities live like stray […]

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Mr. Rogers on Presuming Competence

Many of us have memory of watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on television as children.  The show was on from 1968 to 2001, and was an icon in the world of children’s entertainment.  Though Mr. Rodgers was a very intelligent man I am not sure even he knew how many children he reached, especially given the starting […]

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