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Different Brains Newsletter - Early January 2019
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DifferentBrains.org is the 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ALL neurodiversity!

Different Brains​' neurodiverse team produces media (including videos, podcasts, blogs, books, and documentaries) and provides free resources for all neurodiverse conditions — intellectual and developmental differences, neurological problems, and mental health challenges — while highlighting the people making a difference and directly mentoring the next generation of self-advocates​. Join us as we share the voices for acceptance, inclusion, awareness, education, employment, and equality from around the world!
IN THIS ISSUE:

Self-advocate, autism coach, and writer Becca Lory offers tips to the recently diagnosed; Jackie Rosen, CEO and Executive Director of the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, highlights the best ways to help someone that may be at risk for suicide; Autism self-advocate Mathew Ryan Morin discusses the need for recognizing different learning stylesBritt-Mari Sykes Ph.D. presents an ode to parents and caregiversKaren Weeks lists tips for healthy aging; Exploring Different Brains looks at highlights from 2018 featuring inspiring self-advocates (including Anita Lesko, Jeff Emmerson, and Lisa Wood Shapiro) and those offering support to the neurodiverse (including Dr. Ken DychtwaldDr. Seth Keller, Jennie Trocchio, and Cuong Do); and much more!
 

A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER, HACKIE REITMAN, M.D.:

From the entire Different Brains team - our neurodiverse interns, dedicated volunteers, and brilliant board members - I want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy 2019!

As I speak around the country, and interview people from all over the world for Exploring Different Brains, I can see the growth in the understanding of the differences in our brains. Different Brains is proud of the role it is playing in facilitating that growth, and it can't happen without the support of people like YOU. Whether you have donated money, exposed us to your organization, contributed an article, shared this newsletter with those you think would benefit from it, or just let our content change how you interact with those around you - you are helping spread the understanding and inclusivity of neurodiversity. Keep up the good work!

Let's keep our momentum building, and make 2019 a year of continued success in reducing stigma, creating opportunities, and changing how society looks at the differences in our brains.

-Hackie Reitman, M.D.
President and Founder, Different Brains Inc.

(ABOVE and BELOW) Some of our wonderful Different Brains volunteers and interns
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RECENT INTERVIEWS FROM DIFFERENT BRAINS
Advice From The Self-Advocates
with Anita Lesko, Lisa Wood Shapiro, & more
Click the above image for a 69 second preview.
For the full 15 minute interview, click here.
Supporting & Optimizing Our Brains
with Dr. Seth Keller, Dr. Ken Dychtwald & more
Click the above image for a 52 second preview.
For the full 17 minute interview, click here.
Support for Women with Autism
with Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS
Click the above image for a 98 second preview.
For the full 21 minute interview, click here.
Preventing Suicide
with Jackie Rosen of FISP
Click the above image for a 34 second preview.
For the full 24 minute interview, click here.
Don't forget that every episode of
EXPLORING DIFFERENT BRAINS
is also released as a PODCAST:


APPLE   STITCHER   SOUNDCLOUD
 
(14 mins) In this New Years episode, hosts Katherine Cody, Psy.D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS continue an annual tradition and discuss what they think the best moments for the autism community were for 2018, and what they hope 2019 has in store. 

CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR OUR MOST RECENT EPISODE, OR LOOK FOR IT ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST PROVIDER:
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RECENT BLOGS FROM DIFFERENT BRAINS
We Are Parents & Caregivers Of Neurodiverse Children
by Britt-Mari Sykes Ph.D.
Extreme Makeover – Education Edition: Redesigning School Systems to Suit Students of All Abilities (Pt.1)
by Mathew Ryan Morin
Healthy Aging Tips for Living Your Best Life
by Karen Weeks
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RECENT NEWS FROM DIFFERENT BRAINS
The Best of the Week In Neurodiversity – Year in Review!
(6 min 17 sec) In this episode, we count down the top 10 stories from 2018, including a comedian with Tourette’s becoming famous on America’s Got Talent, the first Washington Lobbyist with Down syndrome, the first runner with cerebral palsy earning a contract with Nike, and more!
 
Different Brains® is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and acceptance of the basic variations in the human brain known as neurodiversity; ending the stigma attached to the related diagnoses and treatment; uniting silos of resources and research whose goals could be better achieved through collaboration; offering support to families and caregivers; and improving the lives and maximizing the potential of those whose brains may be different.

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