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

Cheers to Pennsylvania!

Congratulations to Pennsylvania! The federal government struck down the Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality on May 20th, declaring:

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Following this decision, Gov. Tom Corbett stated that the state would not appeal the ruling.

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What does this mean? It means as of today:

29 states have either enacted marriage equality through legislation or the ballot, or had their state marriage bans struck down as unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can legally marry …read more

Racism is a Public Health Issue

Cross-posted from Racism is a Public Health Issue – Well Power. Read original post here.

Los Angeles Clippers logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware that the NBA Commissioner announced that in addition to a lifetime ban from any business with the Los Angeles Clippers and $2.5 million fine, he is pushing to force current owner, Donald Sterling, to sell the team over his racist remarks.

 

When the news broke a few weeks ago, besides thinking that it was incredulous that Donald Sterling actually believes that his …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

The Value of Violence, The Price of Poverty

Cover Credit: Edmund Guy

Which violence is most valuable? Defined as injurious force against another, violence is heinous, traumatizing, and entertaining. Its gripping nature strangles our focus as fear floods the media tides. A universal taboo, the nature of violence and its victims can determine the level of coverage casted. At 2,455 murders (234 here in Baltimore), 2013 marked a significant low for homicide in America’s largest and most historically violent cities. This is 2,455 too many. America has a higher homicide rate than nearly every “developed” country. The majority of murders occur in low-income areas.

Poverty fuels daily …read more

Anger, Violence and Mental Health

Is there a relationship between the way we treat each other and the continued violence in our schools and communities? I am shocked by the shooting at Ft Hood and the recent stabbing at a school in Pennsylvania. We hear that the soldier at Ft Hood was receiving mental health treatment, but no one anticipated his dramatic actions.

Photo by Reuiters

Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Lopez is suspected of fatally shooting three people before killing himself at the Fort …read more

After Soldiers Protect Us, Who Protects Them?

I recently read a disturbing article in the Baltimore Sun that quoted a Veterans Administration report that there is an average of 22 suicides a day by veterans. 22 a day. Where are we as a nation if we cannot help and support those who risk their lives to protect us?

The website, Veterans and PTSD shares these statistics from a major study done by the RAND Corporation (full pdf of study), the Congressional Research Service, the Veterans Administration, and the US Surgeon General.[i]

at least 20% of the over 2.3 million American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD …read more

Rebranding Racism

Dan Snyder, Owner and Chairman of the Washington Redskins, recently released a statement reaffirming use of his team’s racist icon. Snyder’s subtext rebrands racism. Through sly advertising, it sprinkles shiny empathy on soiled ignorance. Instead of addressing the logo as the epitome of structural exclusions faced by Natives, he portrays his organization as a means for their salvation. When describing his creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, Snyder writes:

“The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities. With open arms and determined minds, we will …read more

HAPPY SPRING EQINOX

The first day of spring this year is March 20…today! As the climate changes and traditions change, what does it mean for you? Is it something in nature, is it the thought of baseball opening day, or just the hope of putting the winter coat away? The traditional signs of the beginning of spring are changing with the warming climate. Many of the birds no longer migrate from the northern parts of the United States due to the warming climate and the crocuses appear earlier in many parts of the country.

Others consider the beginning of spring training as …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