I hope tech will be ready 24/7..and what a way to take a break from work...my camera is acting up...this technology age is getting on my nerves...why can't we all just be real people instead of having a big brother to watch over us 24/7...are we that stupid...wait..maybe we are...especially since we consent to this. Whoever runs for Mayor next time, might want to run on the platform, no more cameras..or something even better..the world is your oyster
I have a boyfriend with high functioning autism. He has a multi media degree, and a film and TV degree. He is about ready to graduate. He created a wonderful app for those who have autism to help them with "socialization". He is very talented. He can't find a job. I am worried about his future. He has a great resume and great talent, but they say those with high functioning autism are 80 to 90 percent unemployed. He suffers sometimes with self confidence. Someone shared this link with me that knows how passionate I am about helping. I just haven't figured out quite how to break into helping yet. Woolworth's has created a model to help people with disabilities get jobs, and I think it is working, but we have to stop using the red tape as an excuse to help. Everyone wants to have their "politics" involved. Everyone wants a place in the sun. Everyone has an excuse why it's not all working, but no one has any answers as to how to really help and how to really talk to those who need it to find out what they want. Me included, except to just DO IT. I also think its nice that they are employing people to pack and ship tshirts, but the caveat with those AUTISM is that they are not stupid and are capable of a lot with the right coaching. Its just that people don't understand..and the ones that have it are afraid to speak up..just grateful for a little help and work. Give people with Autism the voice they deserve, teach them how to be self sufficient, better yet, expect them to be. They will love you forever. Adults with Autism are not children, they are adults who are scared that they will never ever get a chance if they don't sub-comb to what society perceives them as.
The app is called Social Skills Handy Aid and it is available on Google Play. We had it available at the Autism Consortium in Charleston this year. We met a lot of people who liked it. It breaks my heart that while we want to help, we are not quite ready to know how to help. It just makes me cry for the parents and the adults who are trying so hard to find answers. It seems this article showcased Jeff Fitzharris as a hero, and he is. So is Hector, my boyfriends mentor through the YWCA Mentoring Program, and so many more. But the real heroes in my mind are the ones that want to overcome this and be part of the world they feel so often left out of. Answer me this..how can we make them the heroes?
What can not be ignored here, and will be is the teacher's educational insubordination. Per, not asking for more details, what kind of gun, how big was the dinosaur? Where were you at? What else did you try? Who was with you? What caused you to feel you needed to kill it? There are so many details left out of this story, that the teaching opportunities are endless with an obviously creative kid. Teachers like this, are acting out using the system as an excuse for poor practices. She should be fired and replaced with a more understanding and expanded resource teacher that could help this child craft his art. To the student, I say, keep writing and let no man or system stop you, you have a real chance to make a living with it. You might even get hired by the City Paper some day..I love the rants they are ridiculously amazing! But as a teacher, I would have kindly informed the student that it was also more politically correct to use your bare hands..lol
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