"Verbal IQ tests, in which students are asked questions out loud, may lead some students who have autism and are not highly verbal to be incorrectly labeled as having intellectual disabilities, say two researchers who were presenters Friday at the CEC 2012 Convention and Expo in Denver. Testing outcomes for these students can be affected by many other factors as well, including whether the students know the teachers or psychologists administering the tests, say Douglas Carothers, of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Ronald Taylor, of Florida Atlantic University, who are researching the issue for a paper." - CEC SmartBrief (4/16/2012)

Dear ABC News,
We do not appreciate the use of the “R-word” in media.

Dear ABC News,

We do not appreciate the use of the “R-word” in media.

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YMTO’s Submission Guideline has been updated slightly!

To include this important point (that I didn’t realize when writing the post yesterday that most people would not be aware about):

  • Please try to be aware of the concept of “People First Language.” (To sum it it briefly… People are not defined by their disabilities.  An example would be “a person with a disability” as opposed to “a disabled person,” or “a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder” as opposed to “an Autistic person.”  It is the practice of putting the person first before the disability.)

Thanks a lot and hope to hear from you soon! 

The submission guidelines post is HERE.

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Title: A Fellow Classmate

Writer: Elisa


In the fifth grade, my international school admitted a fifth-grade student with a walking disability in my class, back around 2002. I do not know the name of her disability, but it certainly wasn’t an “invisible” kind. She had crooked fingers, and legs that stopped developing in her childhood. She used an electric wheelchair to maneuver, and if I remember correctly, she in fact could not use her legs at all (although based on photos on Facebook, I know that a few years ago she underwent therapy or surgery that now allows her to at least stand on her feet, though I am not sure if she’s capable of walking.)



Thanks for your submission, Elisa!
Would you like to contribute?  Check out the submission page!

Are you interesting in sharing your story with YMTO and the web?

Have something to share about your experiences as someone with differences/disabilities/special needs/atypicalness, or someone related to or close to with those atypicalness?

Everyone is unique and has a “different” story to tell, and I’d like to read it.

For details on what this site is, please refer to the Introduction Post.

Some Quick Guidelines & Information (There Isn’t Much…)

  • Talk about something that had an impact on you that is related to your or someone else’s differences/disabilities/special needs/atypicalness.  Or an experience you had at school or growing up because of your or someone close to you’s differences.  This difference could be anything from having cognitive disabilities, ASD, ADHD, muscular dystrophy, or being Deaf/hard of hearing, to struggles of jugging scholarship as a student in the “Gifted and Talented Program” with “social life.”  Or perhaps discrimination you experienced because of a certain label, whether it be related to disabilities or giftedness.  You might even have obtained at some point the label of “Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled.”  Tell us about it.
  • Pick your words carefully- anyone can be reading your entry, and I would rather no one be hurt because of my project.
  • There is no word limit, but don’t write a novel- be concise and to the point.  At the same time, we are not here to be judges of your “writing ability”- we are here to read about your experiences.
  • Spell check please.  I may edit small things (spelling, capitalization, grammar, etc.), but if I feel like there are any major revisions necessary, I will contact you first.
  • Please try to be aware of the concept of “People First Language.” (To sum it it briefly… People are not defined by their disabilities.  An example would be “a person with a disability” as opposed to “a disabled person,” or “a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder” as opposed to “an Autistic person.”  It is the practice of putting the person first before the disability.)

Technical Stuff (How to Submit/What Will Happen)

  • Your name- You can have your story posted as Anonymous, screen/nick name, Tumblr username, other social networking site username, or with your real name. Please put your “name,” preferred title of the piece, and URL (if you would like to be associated with one) at the top of the submission.
  • Have some sort of contact information in case I need to contact you about editing/clarifying your post (I may make minor changes on my own before posting) in the submission, whether it be your Tumblr username (as long as you have your Ask box activated) or e-mail address.
  •  I would like to ask that you include your first name, age, gender, and country in your submission just for statistical purposes (these information will not be shared in the submission upload, unless you assign the submission name as your real name, or mention your age or gender in the submission).
  • The submission will be posted onto YMTO’s WordPress blog and Tumblr blog.  From the Tumblr blog, there  may be reblogging of the submitted story onto various individuals’ Tumblr blogs.
This is what a submission post may look like:


Name: Sue (Susan, 18, Female, UK)
URL: http://thisiskindofaurl.tumblr.com/
E-mail: susan@gmail.com
Title: My Awesome Story
Story:
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How it will show up on Wordpress or Tumblr:

Name: Sue
URL: http://thisiskindofaurl.tumblr.com/
Title: My Awesome Story
Story:
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
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E-mail your submission to ymto.voices@gmail.com!

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“Many believe that early diagnosis of special needs such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is essential in ensuring students get the services they need, but some caution that such a diagnosis should not be seen as a child’s defining characteristic. Experts advise parents to inform children of their diagnosis when appropriate, and recommend both parents and teachers focus on children’s strengths.” – CEC SmartBrief (3/27/2012)

“You need a child to understand that [they] think and learn differently, but be firm that it is never to be used as a crutch,” Kennedy said. “The goal is to teach them to use their gifts so they can advocate for themselves.”

Zaching: A Display Of Strength And Courage

As a person who had brain surgery, where it took over a day before I could even hobble to the bathroom, a few days before I could move much more than my fingers on my own without someone facilitating the movement (I could walk if someone helped me sit up, then supported me as I got off the bed and supported me as I “walked”; I could sit if someone helped me sit up from the reclining position; I could eat a little if someone fed me in tiny spoonfuls), it amazes me that only a few days after brain surgery, he was already back on the court, coaching.  Kudos to him, and I hope he keeps on going well.

Go Terps! 

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The front page has been fixed (?) so now more than one entry show up! Success!

I don’t know how long this will keep up but until it flukes again…

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"About 433,980 students in 7,000 school districts were reported to have 504 plans outlining the accommodations they need to be on equal academic footing with their classmates, data released Tuesday by the Education Department show. The statistics were from the 2009-10 school year and represent the largest reporting of such information to date." 

- CEC SmartBriefs

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