The following links are articles, blog posts, and other Internet tidbits that I’ve found particularly interesting in the past week.
Don’t Laugh At Me: A powerful, painful, important blog post about autism, sensory meltdowns, and the fact that we have a long, long way to go before acceptance is the norm. This post does a great job of explaining the difference between a tantrum and a sensory meltdown, two things that can look fairly similar to an unfamiliar eye but are vastly different from one another. And once you’ve read that, check out…
So Then, What Should I Do?: The follow-up to “Don’t Laugh At Me,” with a great list of suggestions for how to respond if you see a parent trying to manage their child’s sensory meltdown in public. I found the advice in this post to be extremely practical and very useful.
What To Say To Parents of Children With Autism: Similar to the above link, this article discusses helpful (and not so helpful) things to say when you find out that someone’s child has autism. Not being a parent myself, I can’t speak for how “right” the article’s advice is, but it seemed pretty solid to me.
Wallgreens’ Program Puts the ‘Able’ in Disabled: Although I found the title of this article a bit off-putting, the content was excellent– Wallgreens has created a distribution center that they plan to staff where at least 33% of the employees have some form of cognitive or physical disability (and, as of the writing of the article, 42% of the currently hired employees have some form of disability). It’s great to see a big name company actively recruiting individuals with disabilities, focusing on these individuals’ strengths rather than only seeing the challenges they face. Keep it up, Wallgreens!
That’s all for this week. Have a link you’ve stumbled upon that you think is worth sharing? Leave it in the comments!