Category Archives: Uncategorized

When Charity Taketh Away

lauranadine/ October 5, 2017/ autism, emotions, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

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 unique I have experienced so

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Time to Be Naked and Return to Innocence

lauranadine/ August 16, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, I posted on Facebook yesterday about the hate and violence infecting the US.  I was moved to post something because silence seems wrong. In my post I had noted that for 22 years, no one bothered the Boston Holocaust memorial. Now it has been vandalized twice in 6 weeks. White-supremacy is not acceptable. Racism is not acceptable. Bigotry

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Teaching Phoenix to Climb

lauranadine/ August 4, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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 arrive at ceremony spot, I

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The Day I Was Wrong, and it was Fantastic.

lauranadine/ July 29, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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 the mindset of you must

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lauranadine/ July 29, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

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 age of 9. Intelligence is

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

lauranadine/ March 28, 2017/ autism, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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 wolves.  I am talking about

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Mr. Rogers on Presuming Competence

lauranadine/ February 10, 2017/ autism, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

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 era of the show. I

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One Month with CBD Oil

lauranadine/ January 12, 2017/ autism, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Note: Some details have been intentionally obscured.  Low THC, CBD rich oil is legal for limited use in 14 states, including New York, so there are no legal concerns with me writing this article.  However, the social impact is often too great and thus it has been requested of me that I not mention details of others. I am a product

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