You’re approaching your child’s transition from high school to adulthood, and I have a guess what you’re feeling. You may be intimidated about choosing what’s next for your child. Just getting your child through K-12 may have absorbed all your attention until now. You may find leaving behind familiar supports feels risky, like launching a rowboat on the open sea.
Neurodiversity is not just a new word, it’s a concept, a scientific and human based approach to neurological differences; it’s a movement to destigmatize and empower a large group of our population. When we speak of neurodiversity, we are asserting that our neurological differences are as fundamental to our humanity as the colors of our skin, the cultures and beliefs that shape us and our orientations.
Have you heard some of these common myths about autism… “Everyone with autism is ‘anti-social’ and doesn’t want friends,” or “People with autism are all pretty much alike,” or “People with autism don’t feel any emotion?”
Neurodiversity is the concept that neurological differences such as Autism, ADD, and ADHD are the result of naturally occurring variations within the human genome. Neurodiversity promotes and embraces our differences. This way of thinking focuses more on accommodating and supporting the neurodiverse population rather than looking for a cure or a way to "fix" the behaviors exhibited by those with neurological differences.
Images, stereotypes, and ideas of diagnoses, we all have them. If I were to name a few, I imagine that a few images might be conjured in your head. For example, if I mentioned Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you might picture a boy running around the room while a teacher is struggling to teach a class. If I brought up the term, Reading Disorder, you might picture a young girl reading a series of letters in the wrong order. If I said, "he has an anxiety disorder," you might picture a man struggling with leaving the house, shivering in a corner.
Planning for post-secondary education for students with various disabilities raises complex questions about how to best prepare for next steps, but so much is possible. Stephanie Martin dispels three common myths.
One of the most important aspects of adult life can be finding a rewarding career that provides the opportunity to contribute, learn, and grow personally and professionally. At CLE, we are committed to developing and advancing the capabilities of individuals with learning differences, while at the same time educating employers on the benefits of hiring this often-overlooked population.
We took a short survey of a handful of our students and asked them how they decorate and add those touches of personality and comfort to make their apartments a home. These are their responses and some pictures of the very personalized abodes of some of our students.
In the ILS Department at CLE, we work with student roommates on various living skills in their apartments.
Everyday stories of adulting induce a collective sigh in millennial culture and are important for acknowledging the gap between achievement, expectation, and reality. Growing up is hard, and the challenge isn't rooted in grit, character, or ownership – it's in resources and opportunity. Young people today have been protected more than they've been prepared, and it's time that we take a different approach.