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“To what extent is it possible to compare the ways in which methods of communication are being taught to autistic students who cannot use spoken language to communicate their complex ideas?”


Many autistic students cannot rely on spoken language to communicate their knowledge and ideas. Exactly how many is not known since autism organizations disagree. For example the Diagnostic Center of Central California states, “As many as 50% of individuals with autism are non-verbal and up to 80% are intellectually challenged.”1, while the National Autism Association reports, “About 40% of children with autism do not speak”2 and Autism Speaks weighs in with, “It is estimated that as many as 25% of individuals living with autism spectrum disorders are non-verbal.”3 “Nonverbal,” is an inaccurate term that implies the inability to speak at all, however it includes many who can and do speak words, but do not speak in ways that non-autistic people are able to understand. There is no term…

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The Shallow

I was just watching a clip of Lady Gaga winning the Oscar for her song “Shallow” from the movie she was in, “A Star is Born”, and then I watched a clip of the ending of the latest season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and my throat swelled up and I cried a little.  

I told my mom “Hey, it’s that time of the month: sue me” and she laughed.Aunt Flow was a small part of why I felt like I could just burst into tears at that moment.Just watching how men are slowly but surely are coming out of the woodwork and doing what they used to do before Christianity swallowed up pagans whole and left the survivors naked, shivering, scared, in the dark.  Supporting women.  Uplifting women.  Defending women.  Believing in women.  Slowly turning the tide back to when there was no gender war. Back to when we were equal.  Back when we were ying and yang.  When three little birds pitched by your doorstep, “singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and true.”When you did not have to worry about a thing.I can feel it.  That little flame of gold.  That golden world Anne Boleyn hinted at one bright summer’s day.  When it felt like everything was finally coming together in her favor.  In all of women kind’s favor. For once.

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