A wonderful toolkit created by CommunicationFIRST, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint in an effort to better support and speak about the non-speaking members of our community. We all need to do better. The powerful message found in the video shows us the depth of misunderstanding that non-speakers encounter. Let us all be a part of the change moving forward.

CommunicationFIRST, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint created this LISTEN to Us resource toolkit for members of the media and general public with information and resources on:

  • The short LISTEN: A short film made by and with nonspeaking autistic people
  • Some ways to support nonspeaking autistic people
  • A style guide for writing and talking about nonspeaking autistic people
  • Points of contact to arrange media interviews with autistic people and victims of restraint
  • Resources to learn more about the lived experiences of nonspeaking autistic people
  • Disability representation in the media
  • Movies that have featured or involved nonspeaking autistic people in their production
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Meltdowns
  • How to support someone having a meltdown
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Restraint

https://communicationfirst.org/LISTEN/#toolkit#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs