Uniquely Human: the Podcast expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge and practical information about the autistic experience.
A Conversation with Danny Whitty: A Talented, Witty Cook Who Communicates by Spelling
Danny Whitty is a 36 year old Autistic self advocate who communicates his thoughts and ideas primarily by spelling, and with unreliable speech. We engage in a lively conversation with Danny who receives support from his sister, his communication regulation partner. Topics include how his life has changed dramatically since he learned how to spell to communicate, the qualities of people who best support non-speakers, and the culinary arts.
Autistic Identity, Trauma, and the Importance of Mentoring - A Conversation with Dena Gassner
Dena Gassner is an autistic professional who is helping to create, shape and advance the agenda of autistic self-advocates, and indeed, society in general. As a researcher, author, social worker, university instructor, mother, grandmother and mentor, she brings a lifetime of experience in sharing her wisdom about autistic identity, generational differences between older and younger autistic people, and the importance of mentoring.
Dr. Paula Kluth on Inclusion, Virtual Learning and Co-teaching
Dr. Paula Kluth shares her decades of experience in supporting inclusion and the rights of students with disabilities in educational settings. She discusses the true meaning of inclusion in education and the benefits of “virtual inclusion” and co-teaching, while offering effective strategies for teaching students virtually and in classroom. In our discussion, Paula emphasizes the importance of stakeholders working collaboratively to support students’ love of learning at school and at home.
The Vital Importance of Play: A Discussion with Dr. Pamela Wolfberg
Dr. Pamela Wolfberg, a leading expert in understanding and studying play, socialization, and the development of friendships for autistic children, joins us for a lively discussion that will be of great interest to parents, teachers, and therapists. We learn about her esteemed career during which she provided great insight into the play of autistic children and developed an internationally recognized, evidence-based approach now being implemented internationally: The Integrated Play Groups model.
Strategies for Successful Transitions Back to School for Parents and Professionals
Supporting successful transitions back to school is critical for maximizing success for the whole school year. Dave and Barry have a lively discussion about challenges and creative strategies to help children of all ages to get off to a good start in this coming school year.
Autism and the Criminal Justice System: A Conversation with Nick Dubin
Nick Dubin is an autistic author with professional expertise and personal experiences involving encounters with the criminal justice system. He shares his own experiences with the criminal justice system and how ill-prepared the system, at all levels, is in understanding the impact of autism on the behavior and reactions of autistic individuals. Nick uses his personal experiences to help others on the spectrum so that they do not have to deal with what he experienced earlier in his life.
So happy I found this podcast! I teach in an Autism school and have found this podcast a great resource. Thanks