Diversity & Equity Newsletter
Inclusive Quality Education for All
Using Your Identities to Leverage Learning
Children start creating their own social identity very early on. As a child grows and learns, others around them can reinforce the identities that they have or have had assigned to them. Humans naturally try to form connections with people they think are similar to them, and learning how is an important part of an idividualized and effective bond being formed. By tuning in both with your own identities and those of your student, you can gain a fuller understanding, trust, and desire to learn from that student!
The Autistic Identity - A Personal Note
Many adults on the autism spectrum, myself included, consider autism to be an integral part of their identities. Autism is not a "label", but a diagnosis explaining how our brains work. Autism is a word that explains our wiring and the way we experience the world around us. Talking frankly and positively about autism helps to create feelings of pride and strength from autism.
Knowing that I am Autistic opened up my brain to a level of self-awareness and self-acceptance that was previously unreachable for me. It gave me words to explain my experiences. It validated feelings I've had my whole life that I was different from other people, while encouraging me that that wasn't a negative or something I was doing "wrong."
Autism as an identity, for me, opened up opportunities for me to connect with others in a way I wasn't previously able to do. It afforded me the words I needed to explain my own experiences and ask for things I needed. Autism, to me, means freedom and connection.
Part of identity effects our language choices. Many Autistic self-advocates prefer identity first language over person first. This is because "person with autism" makes it seem like autism is something we carry with us, or something we can leave at home sometimes like a handbag. "Autistic person" puts the emphasis on the whole person, since we cannot separate our autism from our own brains and thought processes.
It is also important to remember that every Autistic identity will be different, as every person is different.
Please see the links shared at the bottom of this newsletter to continue learning!
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Saturday, April 30th, 4-7pm
1475 Street Road
$25 per Person; Includes Shoe Rental
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Eagles Autism Challenge
Saturday, May 21st, 7:30am
One Lincoln Financial Field Way
There is a Bike Race, a 5k, and a Sensory Walk to choose from.
Register using this link to join our team:
The Diversity and Equity Committee will be hosting panel-style workshops featuring adults on the autism spectrum. Please fill out this form so we can see what topics and questions you might like to have covered during these sessions.
Check out the Diversity Terminology & Language Glossary for current terms and language used to talk about diversity topics. This document will be frequently updated to keep on top of the ever-changing conversations about language usage.
Do you have a topic or issue for the Diversity & Equity Committee to discuss? Have you found a resource, tool, etc you think would be beneficial to our goals? Do you have any questions or suggestions? This form is anonymous.
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network
- NeuroClastic - The Identity Theory of Autism
- Autism Acceptance Month: Embracing Autism as an Identity
- The Importance of a Child's Social Identity
- ‘Blunt and frank’: Embracing my Autistic identity
- Medical Study - How Parental Disclosure of Autism Influences Self-Perceptions of Autistic Adolescents
- Reframing Autism - Embracing a Positive Autistic Identity (video)