Exploring the issues facing Public Schools with a focus on Special Education.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Changing Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Disability through Writing
Emily Brooks is a writer, public speaker and advocate who is passionate about changing perspectives on gender, sexuality, and disability through journalism and activism. Emily is currently writing from New York City, where she works with children, teens, and young adults with disabilities and pursues her MA in Disability Studies. Emily is involved in the autistic, LGBTQ, and alternative education communities.
Focus on autism must broaden to include non-binary genders
"When people assume that I missed out because I was not diagnosed as a child, they are implicitly discounting the services my parents provided to me as well as the many positive experiences I had. Although many professionals consider it to be the best option for autism, ABA is not the only way to go. In fact, many autistic people consider ABA to be not therapy but rather training for acting like everyone else. The emphasis on early intervention for autism also allows us to skirt the fact that services for adults are sorely lacking."