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It is widely considered that self advocacy is one of the key ultimate goals for persons with autism.

I found a website which has age-wise self advocacy tips (All the other places were too generic – one size fits all types. Am editing and outlining the ones which appealed to me in the Indian context

Ages 2-5
• Teach how to communicate “yes” and “no” . After that to the extent possible, honor their choice. 

Today’s post is based on a small chat about the same with like-minded parents and my own views. It is the importance of leisure activities for our kids

All of us hope for the best for our kids and hope for some employment opportunities after adulthood. We also hope that they become as independent as possible with minimal assistance. However, a few days back, one of the members had rightly commented that the biggest challenge faced (more so after adulthood - HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME?)

Of all the living skills, I would rate cooking skills to be right in the top of the ladder, (after toilet training, grooming, dressing etc). We need not aspire for MasterChef levels (though who knows) but we can try to teach them to fix a chai or a snack for themselves or others.

We were lucky that the school places a lot of emphasis on this. Our thanks to the school management, Rajeev Sir, and Devika Madam, for unleashing Adi’s creativity in this area

• Never ignore or pretend the child doesn’t exist. This makes the child and family very uncomfortable. Acknowledge the elephant in the room.

• If you can start with a look straight in the eye and a smile on your face, you would have already built a big bridge to reach out to a child who could really use a friend. This communicates: I care and you are OK just the way you are.

To me the crux of the problem is awareness and acceptance by the parents, especially the father (the mother knows by instinct whatever be the public posturing)

In a marriage, certain things have to be discussed threadbare, sitting together and sorting out the issue/differences.

One of the major issues it seems is to make the husband (and at times both parents) realize the gravity of the situation.
While autism (or most special needs) do not mean the end of the world, it essentially means that in all probability

One of the salient features of the RPWD Act 2017 was reservation in Government jobs

This was there prior to the recent act too, @ 3% but covered mainly physical, hearing and vision related disabilities (there was no reservation for intellectual disabilities, or mental retardation as it was called then

This reservation was to be across all grades of Government jobs i.e. A, B, C and D

(Very broadly Group A is IAS, B other officers and Assistants, C clerks and D peons and others)

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