Thursday, August 20, 2009

Assistive Technology: sensory and visual impairment

Visual Impairment
Black felt case - 4X magnification sphere

Auditory Hyper-sensitivity
Earplugs - with foam ends

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My self-stimulatory (stim) toys

I use "stim toys" when I feel stressed, anxious, worried, or in response to any emotion - positive or negative. I also use "stim toys" to relax.

Rubber Stretch (very flexible)

Rubber, "gel-like" twist fidget (very flexible)

"Squeaky", rubber porcupine

Rainbow, rubber "Koosh" ball

Academic accommodations for community college

On June 25, 2009, I met with Dr. Paul Shane Ph.D., disability services coordinator of my community college. At the time I was not registered for classes so he was not able to give me a formal letter (just list). When I get a formal letter, I may or may not post it on my blog.

Academic Accommodations (Dr. Shane's exact words):

1. Extended time on exams and quizzes (1.5x)

2. Quiet testing in the Access office

3. Permission to listen to music while testing

4. Request copy of instructor overheads/notes

5. Enlargements of class materials

6. Use of computer for essay quizzes and tests


I have blogged about Ari Ne'eman. Ari is an adult who experiences Asperger's Syndrome. Ari is my best friend. Most people know of and about his organization, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Running an organization is HARD WORK! Ari is NOT a celebrity. He has NOT been "cured" or "recovered" from his Asperger's. This post is NOT intended to brag about Ari's accomplishments.

There is a LOT that goes UNSEEN!

Any person (whether or not he or she has Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, etc.) will try to conduct oneself as professionally as possible in public, especially in the media. Managing Asperger's is VERY CHALLENGING.

Not many people (Do NOT ask because I will not answer personal questions.) know about Ari's PRIVATE life. This is NOT about pity. This is about DANGEROUS ASSUMPTIONS!

Ari is not an "Asperger's inspiration." He is a PERSON. There is more to his life than his Asperger's (whether or not you KNOW).