Poem on the Autism Spectrum
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1w ago
The autism umbrella is a vast spectrum  Not a medical illness full of symptoms Sadly people view autistics' behaviours as a problem  But they are not a broken fraction  Rather, just a different operating system Autistics behaviours have reasons, they're not random  They should be accepted as a normal variation of the human kingdom If we understand autistics' brains' algorithm We will see their uniqueness enriches life's rhythm  With love and patience they can blossom If given the right environment With good momentum  Instead of force fitting ..read more
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Poem for "A Very Special Walk", signature fundraising programme of Autism Resource Centre (Singapore)
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
3w ago
Almost every year we have "A Very Special Walk Where we put on our socks Walk or run for a from block to block No competition no need to watch the clock All just for a common cause In 2020 came the COVID-19 panademic Causing nationwide panic For some it was even traumatic With social distancing rules so rigid A fundraising event like this no longer could be so systematic  But undeterred, we switched to virtual  challenges no less authentic  With everyone's creativity we became more dramatic Not more timid Everyone could participate in a virtual challenge, from running or swimmi ..read more
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Life Lessons from Autistic Adults Real Life stories, which we can ALL learn
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
https://www.sourcekids.com.au/learning-to-be-autistic-a-personal-perspective-and-my-advice-to-parents/ As I read this story, I just feel so encouraged and inspired by this autistic person who has on one hand gone through much and achieved much and on the other hand, still value and impart the importance of embracing one's own autism and self-acceptance.. which are fundamentally very important to our very existence  I encourage my readers to click on the link above to read her story. Her story speaks for itself and it won't do justice for me to re-tell or regurgitate her story here, lest ..read more
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Workplace Fairness Legislation needs to mandate reasonable accommodations to adequately protect persons with disabilities including autistics
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
Introduction of the Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL): It was announced in Ministry of Manpower (MOM) press release on 12 February 2023 that the Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness released an interim report on their recommendations for Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL). The summary of the recommendations can be found in Annex A of the MOM press release and the full interim report can be downloaded at go.gov.sg/wfl. It is a good step towards protecting minority groups against discrimination. A gap in the WFL - missing "reasonable accommodations", and why it mus ..read more
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The Double Empathy Problem in Play in Real Life - The Airport Incident in 2014
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
THE DOUBLE EMPATHY PROBLEM The Double Empathy Problem was coined by Dr Damian Milton. Dr Damian Milton is an autistic person who is an Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant, along with other official appointments he holds in the autism space. He holds a number of academic qualifications in a range of subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Education. The Double Empathy Problem is explained in this National Autistic Society's page. You can also find a summary for non-academics on the "Reframing Autism" website. A watered down explanation would be: Much as people say a ..read more
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Pursuit of Normality = sacrifice of potential
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
Isaac Newton discovered gravity started by first questioning why the apple keeps dropping/falling when he lets go of it. Why can't it go left or right? People ignored it. I can imagine some may have ridiculed it. Today gravity is a law of physics, and it is studied in school syllabus worldwide in subject of physics. He was accused of being insane when he said men could go to the moon if we overcome the gravity of earth. How many astronauts have gone to the moon to date? While we don't wish to spend time speculating whether Isaac Newton is autistic or not, one thing for sure - he thought of ..read more
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Time to Close all Gaps in Support for Disabled People, and Change Entrenched Attitudes Towards Disability
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
Ms Nur Sarah Qistina’s letter (A smile can help ease the challenge of looking after special needs kids, Nov 11) burdens my heart. Even with collective efforts in spreading autism awareness, Ms Qistina’s experiences, sadly, remain common occurrences. She is not alone; I had witnessed special needs families’ struggles, such as a mother saying “Sorry, he is special needs”, to deflect unwanted public stares at her son’s behaviour. I quietly thought “she should not have to apologise for who her son is!”. Clearly something is amiss in our society. Being born in the early 1990’s, an era when autism ..read more
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Inferiority Complex: It is Real. It is Valid. It is Ok to have it. Environmental Changes could be key to managing it.
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
Inferiority Complex is Valid Inferiority Complex: a real and valid thing affecting many people. Even official sources like American Psychiatric Association (APA) explains it. Inferiority Complex is NOT Pride Yet some dismiss inferiority complex it as "Not true" and wrongly attribute it to a pride problem. What warped and ridiculous thinking. What's worse, these guys are spiritual leaders... must be narrow-minded ones. Perhaps they grew up in environments where they hardly needed to suffer from inferiority complex, and/or the "sin of pride" is a concept so ingrained in them that they apply ..read more
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Neurodiversity, Neuroharmony and the benefits they bring to the human race
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
https://youtu.be/kT0eqy-_s7A Materials manufactured from a factory go through standard Quality checks (QCs) to discriminate between the good quality ones and the bad, the "pass" and "fail" ones. But humans are not factory produced homogeneous products. Humans are more DIVERSE than we imagine. Yet we are all put through similar tests to discriminate between the "pass" and "fail", the "normal" and the "inferior", where "normal" parameters are set by what is the majority, the average, and the rest are somehow deemed inferior. In the context of the Neurodivergent (including but not limited to a ..read more
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The Road to Inclusion - two MPs' views on this, and MY CALL TO ACTION moving forward
Advocate for Inclusion and Neurodiversity
by Wesley
1y ago
In 2018, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Member of Parliament Rahayu Mahzam spoke on an INCLUSIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM for children. She gave very good suggestions/proposals, all of which are still relevant today and in the future. I can sense the sincerity flowing from her, as she is speaking not only as an MP but also spoke from her heart as a mother herself of her special needs son with Down Syndrome. She also hit the nail on the head that these will benefit not only special needs students but also ALL STUDENTS and SINGAPORE AS A WHOLE. Among other things, two benefits stood out to me ..read more
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