What exactly is neurodiversity?

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I am a high functioning autistic man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about neurodiversity, especially in circles concerned with disability rights. As someone on the spectrum I feel it is important for people to understand what exactly neurodiversity is and why they have become hot topics in the realm of modern activism. What is neurodiversity? According to psychologist Thomas Armstrong, neurodiversity is variation within the brain regarding sociability, learning, and mental functions. Since the 1980s saw an increase in the diagnosis of autism …

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Free Medicaid program: Health Homes

Programs and Services

What is Health Homes? The name is very deceiving. It should be called ‘Care Management’ because that’s what a Health Home does. It provides members with a Care Manager who assists them with working to get the care and services they need to stay healthy.  Everyone needs different things to help with this, and that’s part of what makes Health Homes so exciting.  Care Managers work together with members to focus on what the person’s needs are and tailor the care management services to them. How do you know if Health Homes is for you or a loved one? First, …

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Autism testing now available

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Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule training In October 2018, Dr. Susan Chlebowski and I attended a three-day training in White Plains, NY to learn about an assessment tool called the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 assesses and diagnoses autism spectrum disorders across age, developmental level, and language skills. The training was very interactive and we observed clinicians administering the ADOS-2 to a young child as well as to an adult. We then went through the assessment tool as a large group to learn how to rate the behaviors we observed in order to formulate a diagnosis. What …

Autism and aging

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If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   The number of people with autism who are entering elderhood is rising dramatically.  Much of the research to date on autism has been focused on children, not on older adults.  As the number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are on the autism spectrum increase, we as professionals supporting them need to be aware of what is happening to them so we can assist them in leading their best life. REMEMBER:  as all of us age, we become more of …