S. DeCarlo

Transition Skills: Learning about your kid, COVID edition.

Annie is on her third week of full-time online school. It’s…a struggle. Annie is a smart kid, and in the perfect circumstances, she can demonstrate that. The perfect circumstances involve no distractions/ correct lighting/ accommodation for processing speed/ a person to translate neurotypical jargon to ASD literal speak/ 3 million highlighters of every color/ the …

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Blue Lights are fine but how about this instead?

Blue lights are fine. Understanding that many autistic people “mask” (pretend to be neurotypical) for YOUR comfort is more important. Masking is exhausting and stressful and can be painful. Blue lights are fine. Respecting the wishes of an autistic person who does not wish to be touched is better. Blue lights are fine. Understanding that …

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The difference between accommodation and modification.

This is the third post in a 3 series blog. Yesterday I wrote about reasonable accommodation. Today, I would like to continue with a discussion about the differences between accommodations and modifications. Understanding the difference can be one of the first steps in communicating with the district, since you need to know what to ask …

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What are “reasonable accommodations?”

This is the second post in a 3 series blog. What does the law require? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that provides federally funded facilities (like public schools) from discriminating against those with disabilities. Under 504, public schools must ensure that students with a disability must have equal …

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