What are we talking about?

This week, I combed through social media sites in order to find you inspiring, informative and otherwise interesting things for your viewing pleasure.

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1. Schools that have been using a different kind of behavior approach have been seeing great improvements in both students with disabilities and students without. The program, called School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, has led to significant improvement in areas such as behavior, concentration, etc. SWPBIS has been hailed as remarkable, due to it being the first of its kind. Currently, 16,000 schools are using SWPBIS, which for years, has been seen as an effective way to improve the behaviors of students with disabilities, has now been hailed as an effective way to include students with and without disabilities. Found on Disability Scoop webpage.

2. A doctor who has either lost his medical license or had it suspended from administering autism treatment in 9 states including Washington, Maryland and Texas has now had complaints filed against him in 3 other states as well. However, despite these admonishments, Mark Geier has still been able to practice at 2 of the clinics called ASD Centers that he has opened around the country. Geier has written that he uses a testosterone suppressant called Lupron, which is used in patients with prostate cancer and for chemical castration, in order to treat those with autism. Other doctors have stated that there is no evidence to support the treatment and that medical boards have found that this treatment to be dangerous. Found on Disability Scoop Facebook page.

3. Netflix has agreed to provide closed captioning on all television shows and movies that it streams by 2014. This agreement comes at the end of a lawsuit by the National Association of the Deaf along with the Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired and Lee Nettles, who is a Massachusetts resident who is also deaf, in which they sued Netflix in order to force the company to caption all of its content. Netflix tried to resist the legal action by arguing that their offerings didn’t have to be subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The company argued that 90% of their programs feature captioning, but with this lawsuit, that number will increase to 100%. You can read more about this issue on an earlier Disability Rights Washington post. Found on the Disability Scoops page.

4.  A 19 year old named Trevor Pacelli has recently shown that nothing could hold him back, not even his diagnosis of autism. Pacelli has now become a published author. His first book, Six-Word Lessons on Growing up Autistic: 100 Lessons to Understand How Autistic People See Life gives advice to those without autism in order to understand how the mind of a person with autism works. The advice ranges from proving common misconceptions wrong-such as the belief that all people with autism are antisocial and want to be left alone- to teaching how to respond when someone with autism says something  you did not think was appropriate. The book provides first-handed knowledge and is a must-read for those who are interested in the subject of autism or just want to connect with someone who has it. You can find out more information or purchase the book here. Found on Huffington Post.

Why hello there! My name is Katherine and I'm currently a freshman in college. I started working for Disability Rights Washington as a freshman, and I have enjoyed working for here so far. I write a column called What are We Talking About, which is great since it allows me to read new and interesting stories and to tell all of you guys about it. Anyway, have a great day! :D