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Digital Storytelling Series – Raji from Fairfax, VA

Digital Storytelling Series – Raji from Fairfax, VA Raji is looking into the camera. He is sitting on a red-backed chair and wearing a green shirt.

Raji Azar Jr. is a 34 year-old autistic man from Fairfax, Virginia. In adolescence, Raji was placed into a variety of exclusive and inclusive situations with his peers due to his disability. Yet, despite many of the stigmas that might have held him back, he has earned an associate degree in Applied Sciences, and certificates […]

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson Justin Olson and 2 Friends

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson Recently we had the chance to talk with Justin Olson. He is a disability rights advocate from the Salt Lake City area of Utah. Justin was a founding member of the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow, a grant-funded group of young adults created to educate pediatricians about […]

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective Many parents of children with developmental disabilities do not feel like they know enough about resources available to their child. This information sheet talks about some resources for people with developmental disabilities of different ages. Note: Many of the […]

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care 5 doctors standing in a row

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care People who have both a mental health diagnosis and a developmental disability diagnosis at thesame time can have difficulty getting good services. It is often easier for a person who only has one of these diagnoses at a time to find good […]

Webinar – Invisible Disabilities: Understanding & Accepting What We Can’t See

Webinar – Invisible Disabilities: Understanding & Accepting What We Can’t See Russell Lehmann speaking

Webinar – Invisible Disabilities: Understanding & Accepting What We Can’t See Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker, poet, author and advocate who happens to have autism. Russell currently travels the world spreading hope, awareness and compassion in a raw and dynamic fashion, while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma […]

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Dr. Ariel Schwartz

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Dr. Ariel Schwartz Picture of Dr. Ariel Schwartz

“I kind of have two strands of research. One is this methodological question of how do we do participatory research? Well, there are people doing it and but I still feel like there’s this big gap and in it being scaled up, and more people being confident, we need more people to feel confident doing […]

Plain Language Summary – Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

Plain Language Summary – Guardianship and Supported Decision Making Two men stand with their backs to the camera. They are standing outside, in an area overlooking a river in the distance. They are turned to each other, as if they are speaking.

Plain Language Summary – Guardianship and Supported Decision Making When a person turns 18 in the United States, they are called a legal adult. A legal adult is given rights, like voting and signing forms for themselves. When a person becomes a legal adult, they usually become their own legal guardian too. A legal guardian […]

Digital Storytelling Series – Micah from Louisville, KY

Digital Storytelling Series – Micah from Louisville, KY A woman sitting on a coach smiling at the camera

Micah Peace is a twenty-six year old autistic person from Louisville, KY. After receiving a false diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, they lived much of their childhood and adolescence confused about why pharmaceutical medications seemed to produce a negative effect on their behavior and habits. During their transition into college, Micah spoke with other professionals about the possibility of being autistic. As a result, their life trajectory has changed for the better. Micah now advocates for others with autism, as a founding member of the Kentucky Autism Spectrum Alliance.