Learning Acceptance Through Listening To Autistic People

Learning Acceptance Through Listening To Autistic People

austic people talk about being autisticThe word acceptance can be defined in a few different ways. It can mean receiving something that is offered, a bill of exchange, or a willing embrace of new ideas. The best way to define and understand autism is to listen to people with autism.Over the years, we have learned to listen to our students, to their neurotypical family and teachers, and to autistic adults, so we can get a better understanding of the diversity of views and perspectives among autistic people.These days, it’s not hard to find people willing to challenge stereotypes and speak about their experiences in a world that wasn’t designed with them in mind. For Autistic Acceptance Month, we curated some of our favorite videos from people willing to teach us their truth about autism.

When Neurodiversity Worksautism awareness from E-Therapy

Watch When Neurodiversity Works featuring Dyllan Rafail.

“It seemed as if there was an instruction manual that everyone else kinda had for communicating and reading other people that I did not have.”

Why Everything You Know About Autism Is Wrong

autism-awareness-from E-TherapyWatch Why everything you know about autism is wrong video featuring Jac den Houting.

“I wasn’t a failed neurotypical person. I was a perfectly normal autistic person.”“I am not disabled by my autism. I am disabled by my environment.”“The neurodiversity paradigm is an alternative way of thinking about autism. It describes autism as part of the range of natural variation in human neurological development.”“According to the neurodiversity paradigm, all forms of neurological development are equally valid and equally valuable. And regardless of what type of brain you’ve got, all people are entitled to full and equal human rights and to be treated with dignity and respect.”

What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human

autism awareness from E-TherapyWatch What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human video featuring Daniel Wendler.

“The moment I realized my struggle for belonging was not autistic, but human, everything began to change.”

What It’s Really Like To Have Autism

autism awareness from E-TherapyWatch What it’s really like to have autism video featuring Ethan Lisi.

“The main problem with living autistic in today’s society is that the world just isn’t built for us.”“Some people think that because of our ability to mask, that this is a cure for autism. However, all it really does is it makes us ashamed for showing our true selves.”“Emotional expression, however much or however little, is difficult for me. And that is because I am bursting inside with every single emotion one feels at all times.”“I am not ashamed of my autism. And I may not think like you or act like you, but I am still human and I am not diseased.”

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Derek Vogel

Derek Vogel is a highly experienced and results-driven leader, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of E-Therapy. With over 15 years of experience in executive leadership, he has a proven track record of driving business growth and success. He is skilled in business development, organizational strategy, and employee engagement and has a reputation for designing effective strategies that have consistently yielded significant increases in revenue and cost savings. He has successfully managed businesses ranging from $10M to $100M+ in annual revenue, and has experience in leading organizations through post-acquisition integration processes. Prior to joining E-Therapy, Derek was the President of AMN Healthcare’s Education Healthcare Staffing business, where he provided on-site and virtual solutions for students in need of therapy services. He is known for mentoring and developing his team members and inspiring a sense of pride and ownership in the collective success of the organization.