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How the tourism industry – and other travellers – can help families of autistic children get the break they deserve
New research suggests many families of autistic children are reluctant to travel.
Source: The Conversation
It’s Time to Remove Fear From How We Talk About Autism and Parenting
An interview with Zoe Gross of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, who offers her thoughts on some questions people often ask parenting experts.
Slow rollout of Canada Disability Benefit sparks calls for emergency interim support from Ottawa
Parliament passed legislation in June to create the benefit, but the federal government has indicated the rollout won’t begin until December, 2024.
Source: The Globe & Mail
I’m 45 years old, and thanks to my ADHD diagnosis I finally know why I’ve felt distracted all my life
“I look back at the times I’ve struggled in my life. For the first 45 years, I figured it was a character defect,” writes Elisha Dacey. That changed when her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD — but many women she’s heard from struggle to get a diagnosis or help, she writes.
Source: CBC News
UBC Disabilities United Collective to open a disability empowerment store
“Our aim is just to increase accessibility on campus, as well as provide a safe and empowering space for disabled students by providing financial, emotional and practical support,” said Jessie Song, DUC co-president.
A call to improve mental health support to reduce the risks of self-harm and suicide in autistic individuals
“The presence of psychiatric illnesses substantially accounts for these increased risks,” says lead author Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai, staff psychiatrist and senior scientist at CAMH. “We know that many self-harm and suicide-related events could be prevented when people have access to tailored mental health supports and services, and this is crucial for autistic people.”
Autism could be seen as part of personality for some diagnosed, experts say
Autism without intellectual disabilities could be reframed as human ‘variability’ rather than medical condition, says sociologist
Source: The Guardian