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'During the first Week in April we recognize that it is Autism Acceptance Month while our colleges across the pond in the UK also celebrate World Autism Day.

Over the month of April you will see many recognitions of autism including references to Autism Awareness Month and pushes from many different organizations to light it up blue for Autism. You may ask, however, “why do some groups choose to celebrate Autism Awareness versus Autism Acceptance? Are they the same issue, or is this just a case or political correctness gone awry?”

Becoming more aware of the neurodiversity of our friends, family members and colleagues is key to creating a society that is more inclusive of everyone. It is important to know and understand that autistic people are constantly present in our lives. Many parent-based organizations make a significant effort to call attention to autistic youth, and call attention to autism. In doing this however some groups have focused on entirely wiping out autism, or even advocating for a society in which people with autism do not exist, while also missing the fact that people with autism age and as adults have different needs and desires than as youth. Though their intentions are often honorable, this approach tends to remove the personal agency of people with autism as well as relegate them to a position in which their needs, desires and development (beyond childhood) are not considered important. 

Because of this, many groups made up of people with autism that advocate for their own needs take time in April to celebrate Autism Acceptance. Their focus is not on creating a cure, or wiping out their identity, rather it is a call to action for all of us to work together to create a society in which the neurodiversity of all people are respected. In this way we do not put our efforts into wiping out a group of people, rather we work to create a culture in which tier needs and desires are understood respected and accepted as equal to those of anyone. Through autism acceptance we don’t just make the world better for people with autism but we make it better for everyone.

Feel free to share your thoughts and stories with us about neurodiversity or helping find solutions to make our communities more inclusive of autistic people. 

Happy Autism Acceptance Month!'
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April is National Minority Health Month! Join us as we highlight the work being done in communities across the country. And be sure to lend your voice to this month’s activities. Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health website to download materials, find events and share your story. It’s all about community! #NMHM17 https://go.usa.gov/xX56D

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Celebrate Nat’l Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by getting tested for HIV. Join PACT in #DoingIt #NYHAAD
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Applying for benefits shouldn’t be “a decision to effectively abandon working altogether.”

On this day (April 8) in 1864, Congress authorized the Columbia Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to confer college degrees, and President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law. Edward Miner Gallaudet, who had been serving as superintendent, was named the first president. Today, Gallaudet University is accredited and considered among the primary resources for information related to people who are Deaf.

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is not pleased with the administrations approach to "light it up blue" as this breaks with the more inclusive and self advocate approach to autism from the prior 8 years.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the President’s regressive World Autism Awareness Day proclamation, and the announcement that the White House will be participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. After a decade of progress in which public conversations about autis...
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In news that will come as no surprise to anyone over the age of 30, new research has found it gets harder to sleep as we get older. But it’s not young children, partners or weather sabotaging our p…
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The New York Times lets the utilitarian philosopher make his most horrific argument yet...
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This month The Heumann Perspective will be celebrating the anniversary of Section 504. Captioning will be up within 24 hours.

John L. Wodatch is a retired disa...bility rights attorney from the The United States Department of Justice. His area of expertise are with section #504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (#ADA) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (#CRPD). John has worked with numerous civil society organizations and governments around the world helping them learn about development and effective implementation of laws and providing guidance on implementation of the CRPD. As a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations he assisted in the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

During his 42 years in the Federal government, he was the chief author of the first Federal regulations implementing section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. He also authored the government’s comprehensive disability rights regulations and created and led the Department of Justice’s section in charge of enforcing the ADA.

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Finger-pointing between conservatives and moderates has overcome a spirited White House effort to revive the American Health Care Act.
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April 4 and 5 are considered the anniversaries of the beginning of the 1977 504 Sit-ins. Still the longest takeover of a Federal Building the actions of activists with disabilities across the nation led to the implementation of the Rehabilitation Act -- the ADA for the Federal Government and represents a disability movement that would lead us to the ADA in 1990.

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Award-winning 18-minute documentary video, which captures the drama and emotions of the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 19...
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Equal Pay Day is meant to raise awareness of the discrepancy between men's and women's wages.
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This is a great innovation in technology, however there are some things that are important to remember:
1. The price points on these innovations are usually way out of the range of affordability for people ho need them
2. Accessibility is a cheaper more efficient solution.
3 New technology does not mean that society is off the hook for real accessibility

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Since it was invented the wheelchair, for the most part, has stayed the same while situations that those who need a wheelchair often come across have changed. Ramps make it easier to get into buildings that have stairs and wide doorways and pathways can make it somewhat painless to navigate a bulky…
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More backlash on The Washington Posts's article on Disability in Rural areas

Regarding the April 2 front-page article “Disabled or just desperate?”: I am a physician who, from 2009 to 2011, worked part time at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore reviewing adult...
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Did the fear of April Fools Jokes keep you off the Internets last weekend? If so check out What W're Reading and catch up on the articles that were important to us this past week!

What we're reading is our weekly round up of news articles and events that were important to us. Catch up on the latest on aging, LTSS and disability!
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