By Samantha Kolkey
A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to witness inspiring interactions between two individuals who may be seen in society as “unable.” These two individuals are young adults with non-verbal learning disabilities and autism. In the not so distant past, our society may have seen these two individuals as having a very low IQ, unable to have meaningful relationships, and unstable. They would not be challenged, not provided stimulation to help develop their skills, and viewed as completely dependent on others. Thankfully, we are moving into more informed times, where adaptive technologies are studied and provided to those with disabilities. And we have to keep moving forward, researching, and advocating. These adaptive technologies are not cheap, nor are they available in all schools. And then what happens when school is over with?
Now, I thought I was familiar with autism after working with children and young adults in social welfare for a little over six years, and also having a family member with autism. I was so wrong! What I am learning about autism now is straight from the minds of individuals with autism.
One of the individuals I had the privilege of meeting, a young woman, has created her own blog and I have been looking forward to sharing it here! Please explore her blog as she writes about her insights, and experiences with autism. Opinionslearnedfromrpmandautism.com
Thank you to these two amazing people who have helped me continue to grow and understand.