Manu is in a class outside of general education, and his class is only for kids with autism. There may be no inclusion for him. Still, I will continue my intention to bring inclusion to diverse future generations.
At my core, the problem is the system and people who might not know what diverse individuals can do or achieve.
Let’s name a few: *
Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor
Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author
Benjamin Banneker – African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer
Susan Boyle – Singer
Tim Burton – Movie Director
Lewis Carroll – Author of “Alice in Wonderland”
Henry Cavendish – Scientist
Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Paul Dirac – Physicist
Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster
Daryl Hannah – Actress & Environmental Activist
Thomas Jefferson – Early American Politician
Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple
James Joyce – Author of “Ulysses”
Alfred Kinsey – Sexologist & Biologist
Stanley Kubrick – Film Director
Barbara McClintock – Scientist and Cytogeneticist
Michelangelo – Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet
Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist
Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian
Nikola Tesla – Inventor
Andy Warhol – Artist
Ludwig Wittgenstein – Philosopher
William Butler Yeats – Poet
Alan Turing – English mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.
Albert Einstein-Theoretical physicist
Sujeet Desai – Musician
Madeline Stuart – Model
Pablo Pined – Actor
Vincent Van Gogh – Artist
I dream of a school district where diverse kids learn side by side, teaching each other social skills, math, reading, chemistry, physics, art, music, playtime, worthiness, compassion, empathy, freedom, and gratitude.
It is possible in a school where it is okay to be different and unique, where the teacher is a guide or a mentor like Maria Montessori taught us.
I dream one day that the word “bully” or “persecutor” will be a term of the past.
I dream of a safe place where everyone can live, work, and be independent. A place that they can call home.
You might wonder if this is not possible or what she is smoking or drinking. Trust me, it has taken me 36 years to learn that I should smoke air and drink water. It is the best for my body and mind.
Let me go back to my Dream and take a look at the fantastic items humans have created:
The seven wonders
A space shuttle to visit the moon and close to Mars
Rovers to visit and explore other planets
Solar and wind electricity
So my humble question is, why not?
By Juana Venegas
*Taken from article https://casscounselling.co.uk/famous-neurodiverse-individuals/
Sometimes it is hard to be calm and collected while life moves on, and sometimes because of pressure and stress, we might react harshly or unfairly towards our kids. After being more centered and grounded, we can tell our child: “”I am sorry, I was angry, it is not your fault, and I love you always.””
Tip for parents/caregivers: Remember the power of the pause, your essence, your I ams. Remember, anger is fear. Say this out loud: I am angry because ___ therefore my biggest fear is ___, so I will work on this fear by doing ____.”””
A veces es difícil estar tranquilo y sereno mientras la vida avanza y, a veces, debido a la presión y el estrés, podemos reaccionar con dureza o de manera injusta con nuestros hijos. Después de estar más centrados y arraigados, podemos decirle a nuestro hijo: “”Lo siento, estaba enojado, no es tu culpa y te amo siempre””.
Consejo para padres/cuidadores: Recuerda el poder de la pausa, tu esencia, tus yo soy. Recuerda, la ira es miedo. Di esto en voz alta: estoy enojado porque ___, por lo tanto, mi mayor miedo es ___, así que trabajaré en este miedo haciendo ____””.
Am I a Good Mom?
It is a common fear among the parents and one of mine as well.
Two of my mentors, Dr. Stephanie May and Dr. Jen Nardozzi, came up with an excellent acronym, FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)
Then they say let’s find the facts, shall we?
Did your son/daughter shower today?
Did your son/daughter eat today?
Did your son/daughter go to speech therapy?
Did your son/daughter go to occupational therapy?
Did your son/daughter go to ABA therapy?
Did your son/daughter go to the neurologist?
Did your son/daughter go to the psychologist?
Did your son/daughter go to summer camp?
Did you take them to their favorite park or museum?
Did you go to the IEP meetings (Individualized Educational Plan) and ask for accommodations and services from the school district?
Did your son/daughter brush their teeth?
Did your son/daughter go to singing lessons or soccer?
Did you read a book with them?
Did you give them hugs and kisses?
Did you tell them that you love them?
At the same time, your house is somehow clean. There is food in the refrigerator, and you go to work.
Please, with a clear conscious mind, you can tell yourself at night that I am a good mom, I am human, and there is not a cape hanging in my closet.
by Juana Venegas
On June 23rd, 1912, Alan Mathison Turing was born as the second and last child of Julius Mathison Turing and Ethel Sara Stoney in Maida Vale, London. From a young age, Turing was academically gifted, but not in the way that the public education curriculum at the time had required. He would be rebuked for having poor handwriting and he faced difficulty with English in school. In his math and science classes, despite winning many awards in competitions and designing genius experiments of his own design from a very tender age, his teachers would not like the way he disregarded the school’s agenda to instead follow his own approach when solving problems. He was criticized for falling behind in his classes but was anything but slow or unintelligent. He roamed in the direction of his own path by the direction of his creativity.
Turing would often be alone in and out of school, dedicating most of his time to learning about the physical world through the papers of famous scientists like Einstein. Even as he grew into an adult, his peers and colleagues would describe him as antisocial and even a bit peculiar, not exactly doing things in the conventional manner as others would expect. Using anecdotes of his behavior throughout his life, psychologists have found that he had met all six bullets of Gillberg’s criteria for Asperger’s. One of the few people he had found solace in was Christopher Morcom, a young man who attended the same school and was equally as fond of the sciences as Turing was. However, Morcom died of tuberculosis before enrolling in college, leaving Turing heartbroken. Many speculate from notes in his diary that Turing had romantic feelings for him.
Turing went on to accomplish many things in his life. During World War II, he found work at Bletchley Park, the center of code-deciphering among the Allied forces to break apart the secret codes used by the Axis powers. During his time there, Turing created the British Bombe, a device that translated code from the enemy’s communication system into spoken German language, which significantly helped save his country during the war. Turing also laid the groundwork for what is known as artificial intelligence in modern-day, inspiring the engineering of modern-day computers.
Turing was arrested unfairly in 1952 for having a relationship with another man because the law at the time outlawed homosexuality. He was removed from doing the work that he loved and had to endure harsh treatment from society and the government. It was only in 2009 that the government formally apologized for the injustice that Turing was put through, several decades after his death. Turing is an important figure for all today not only as an intelligent individual on the spectrum who overcame the challenges placed in his path and brought about major success in his life but also as a symbol that the world needs more inclusion. He is both a bright inspiration and a serious reminder of this perpetual goal
By Promi Chakraborty
Being parents of neurodiverse children, on multiple occasions, we confront ourselves with situations that challenge our calm, our ability to resolve, and the sight of seeing hope for the best in what happens.
Being part of Manu for Inclusion for 3 years has given me the necessary tools to stop in a difficult situation and look for the best alternative. I find myself using the power of the pause to see clearly and look like any parent for the best for my child. However, I have come to understand that it is also valid to be sad, angry, and frustrated because we are more than parents, human beings, and where we make the difference is in the reaction to these emotions.
I want to share that we are a loving family sheltered by the M4IF.
I am also a woman, mother, and businesswoman, and I have made positive changes in my life day by day. I seek to be better for myself because if I am good in my heart, I can radiate what is in my heart to my family. Although life surprises me daily and challenges me, my faith and self-esteem are strengthened.
I invite you to open your heart, seek help when you feel that it is not possible alone, and maintain hope by living one day at a time.
With Manu’s ABA team, we came up with this idea to increase Manu’s attention at school and apply it every day.
Manu love to go to “Miami City,” visit the Frost science museum, go spotting airplanes, go to my in-laws and turn on the washing machine, go to the Fort Lauderdale Pier, or ride the train.
In Manu’s schedule, his teacher will inform us if he did well and gets three good reviews out of 5. We would go to his favorite place.
We will tell him on Monday morning what he is working for. And on Wednesday, we remind him.
What other ideas have you created with your team to share here?
By Juana Venegas
“Con el equipo ABA de Manu, se nos ocurrió esta idea para aumentar la atención de Manu en la escuela y aplicarla todos los días.
A Manu le encanta ir a “”Miami City””, visitar el museo de ciencias Frost, ir a ver aviones, ir a ver a mis suegros y encender la lavadora, ir al muelle de Fort Lauderdale o viajar en tren.
En el horario de Manu, su profesor nos informará si lo hizo bien y obtiene tres buenas críticas de 5. Iríamos a su lugar favorito.
Le diremos el lunes por la mañana para qué está trabajando. Y el miércoles, se lo recordamos.
¿Qué otras ideas ha creado con su equipo para compartir aquí?”
By Juana Venegas