Social Justice for Autistic Adults

Adapted from this post in WellPower:

Wikipedia defines “social justice” as the “ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live.” In terms of Autism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – many of whom will need some form of assistance, counseling and/or coaching with the following life skills:

Autism Awareness Ribbon, Colorful Puzzle Pieces, Free Creative Commons Public Domain Download (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

 

Establishing and maintaining personal and professional relationships Finding an appropriate living …read more

Thresholds that can’t be crossed, enhancing mobility in the age of technology

Dexphone is a holder that frees your hands for conversations on the go

About a month ago I got into a bike accident and sprained my wrist. For several weeks I kept it bandaged and couldn’t do everyday activities in the manner I was used to. Opening doors, lifting objects, making meals, even typing were all made difficult or impossible.

My hurdles were offset by the fact that my sprained wrist:

Reassuring my mom that my wrist will be just fine

Was only temporary Didn’t affect my mobility

Millions in this country do not have the luxury of recovery and unaffected mobility. They were born with spinal issues, met with grievous accidents …read more

March On Towards Equality

I love St. Patrick’s Day. I’m always a fan of holidays that bring people together with very little prep (I’m looking at you Christmas and Thanksgiving). Yet I was surprised to find out that in 2014, the only acceptable rainbows at the St. Patrick’s Day parades have a pot of gold at the end of them.

In New York City (the great melting pot), and Boston, parade officials have banned LGBT organizations who want to march. Past parades have been cancelled rather than allowing LGBT groups to participate. Since both parade participants are by invitation only, …read more

Violence around Us – We Can Make a Difference

As my new hometown, Baltimore, searches for a solution to the continued murders that have plagued our community in 2014, I am overwhelmed with the violence in other parts of our world and our country. A young man in Florida was killed because he was playing loud music in front of a convenience store and a United Nations report is released about the systematic torture of the citizens of North Korea by their government.

At Campaign Consultation, Inc. we have been blogging about opportunities to take action in Baltimore to address the issues that can stop many of the social …read more

The Best Super Bowl Ad You Haven’t Seen

Every year the Super Bowl draws attention not only for the game but for the commercials that run between the plays. This year there were stand out commercials that warmed our hearts, but there was one commercial that didn’t make the airways that is worth taking a look at.

The ad was developed by the National Congress of American Indians and really drives home the Native perspective of what it means to be a Native American, and what it definitely does not mean, in America today.

In 2004 Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, of Stanford University, conducted a study on the …read more

Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

Gay Marriage – The State Laws are falling like Dominoes, but Are Things Changing?

As 2013 comes to an end, the progress to marriage equality for all moves forward state by state. Same sex couples can now marry in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Photo – Advocate, December 23 2013

Who would ever imagine gay couples having the right to marry in Utah of all places? Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in June and federal benefits are now available to all married couples. Progress continues and more and more people are able to live their life together with full rights, but …read more

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

The Arc of History Bends towards Access for Everyone

For 35 years, “care” has been at the center of Baltimore-based healthcare provider, Chase Brexton’s mission. At their Cathedral Street location, they have served thousands of community members in the areas of medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy services and specialty services, to name a few.

Chase Brexton Health Services groundbreaking (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

For months, we have watched as the beautiful old Monumental Life Building on Charles Street was transformed into Chase Brexton Health Services’ new home. The 178,000 square foot building allows the service provider to throw open its doors even wider, and to better honor …read more

What if George Zimmerman had known Trayvon’s Dad?

Interracial Marble Relationship 3 (Photo credit: wjserson)

What if George Zimmerman had known Trayvon’s Dad? I’ve been pondering that question for the past 24 hours and for me it’s progress and one step toward healing. For the past few weeks, my questions have been a lot more contentious.

In a statement released by Robert Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, after the Zimmerman verdict, he asks many of the questions that have been on my mind and the answers were making me equally angry and sad. I’m saddened by the verdict, though it was not unexpected—many legal …read more