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NPR

Kids And Adults With Autism Flying Easier In Pittsburgh, With Airport’s Help

“I was expecting a small room with maybe some bean bags and dimmable lights,” Benham says, “because my expectations have been taught to be low. And so to walk into this space that’s enormous and serves a variety of needs — I don’t even have the words to say what that means.”
WESA

For Some With Autism, Furry Culture Offers Comfort And Acceptance

Latkowski and Fein pointed out that autism comes with lots of strengths, as many people on the spectrum are honest, logical, and artistic. Cori Frazer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, said that Fein’s work could help public policy makers capitalize on the benefits of autism. “We are truly lacking in scientific data reflecting who autistic people are, rather than the customary study of how to make us seem more normal,” said Frazer.
Human Rights Watch

Over 800 Rights Organizations Express Support for the Disability Integration Act of 2019

Groups Urge Passage of the Disability Integration Act of 2019 (DIA) (H.R. 555/S. 117).
RAISE Center

Disability and Intersectionality: Not the “Default Disabled Person”

See, the default disabled person is convenient. They share the characteristics of the dominant groups of society in every way except that they have a simple, nonobtrusive disability. They are white, cisgender, straight (if they are sexual at all, but they are also not loudly asexual), and an adult. They do not have physical or medical needs that require anything more than a cane or manual wheelchair. They are not emotionally, cognitively, or psychiatrically disabled. They communicate using verbal speech and navigate the world using vision. They are not traumatized. They work at a job with no accommodations, and they earn enough to make a decent living.
Love Because, Never Despite, Disability
RAISE Center

Love Because, Never Despite, Disability

Our story is not a fairy tale, but it’s also not the tragic picture painted by Hollywood of relationships involving disabled people. Instead, our story is a lesson in empathy practiced by real people who certainly don’t understand each other all the time, but will always continue to try.
Puzzling Motives: Rethinking Autism ‘Awareness’
Pittsburgh Current

Puzzling Motives: Rethinking Autism ‘Awareness’

I spoke with Bethany Ziss, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, disabled person, and a board member for PCAA. “A major tenet of the disability rights movement,” she explained to me “is nothing about us, without us.’ People with disabilities should be the ones most centrally involved in advocacy efforts related to disability… At the most basic level, what’s often missing is the perspective of autistic people.”
Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh women strike for gender equality and a voice for women of all backgrounds

“We like to tell the story of disability as tragedy,” she said. “We’re not understood as parents or partners.” Frazier also discussed how women with disabilities are more likely to suffer from sexual assault, struggle for safe employment or be misdiagnosed. She related how she has been considering having children, but worries about how a daughter of hers with autism would be treated. “We deserve the full breadth of the human experience,” she said.
Pittsburgh Current

Pittsburgh International Women’s Strike 2019 One Of Diversity, Inclusion

PublicSource

Ableism at the dinner table: How I learned to ignore glares and let my arms ‘dance’

While I didn’t yet realize I was autistic — at the age of 24 — I knew that something about me diverged from most others.

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