Do you want to listen to ideas worth spreading?
TED.com is a website devoted to global conferences where experienced and respected people share their thoughts and ideas with the world. The TED annual conference series began in 1990, and since June 2006 the talks have been offered for free online viewing through the TED.com website, which now has over 2,400 talks. Altogether, the talks have been watched over one billion times worldwide.
A great talk to start with is ‘How autism freed me to be myself‘ by 16 year old Rosie King, who challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?” Rosie’s talk is only 6 minutes long, but has been viewed well over one million times and has both a transcript and multi-lingual subtitles. There are currently seven other TED talks on autism at http://www.ted.com/topics/autism+spectrum+disorder.
Other child & family areas to browse within the TED.com video library include:
Play (14 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/play
Family (19 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/family
Parenting (26 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/parenting
Children (92 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/children
TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. You can download most TED Talks in MP4 or MP3 format either directly from the website or through the TED app, which allows you to watch talks offline from your mobile device, although you will need to first download the TED app via iTunes or Google Play. This is great if you have a slow internet connection or you want to watch Talks when you’re travelling.
This month’s free CPIR newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ included a Spotlight on Early Learning Resources, which prompted me to draw your attention to what’s available at CPIR.
CPIR is funded by the US Government, and provides two key library services – a comprehensive collection of resources of their own, plus well-selected links to external resources. CPIR’s own collection includes many of the resources developed by NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, who’s funding ended in October 2013. These resources include documents, guides, web pages, presentations, videos and audio, webinars, online modules and online tools. The links to external resources are well-arranged and the site search works well, but beware – you could end up browsing for hours!
Key Topics within the CPIR library include:
* Family supports
* Mental Health
* Parental Rights
* Early learning
The CPIR website and many resources are offered in Spanish alongside English, and is provided under a Public Domain licence, so there is no restriction on how you use it.
If you want to keep up-to-date with new resources added to CPIR, subscribe to their free newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ mentioned above, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Marc Segar was a British autist who died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 23 years old.
Despite his short life, Marc’s legacy includes two books: The Battles of the Autistic Thinker, and A Survival Guide for people with Asperger Syndrome. The Survival Guide was one of the original ‘first-person’ accounts of Asperger’s Syndrome, and has been widely praised for it’s applicability to real life scenarios. The Guide has been translated into French and German, and remains relevant today. Both books can be freely downloaded from sources including Autism and Computing, and a pdf version that prints well was made available by Alistair Edwards of the University of York.
Marc’s legacy, however, goes further than the original books. Since 2005, the Survival Guide has continued as a WikiBook, which you can read and contribute to online. There is continuing interest in it, borne out by an average of 400 views each month, but recently editing has diminished, so it has not changed for nearly a year. Do please take a look at the Guide, and see if there is a contribution you can make to it; for example, the existing Guide does not say anything about getting married or raising kids. Even if you can’t find something to add, you will still find it a very worthwhile read, and a WikiBook, pdf and printable versions are offered.
If this topic interests you, do please take a look at my previous review of four other Free Autism Spectrum e-books, and I just want to thank Martin Poulter for initially drawing my attention to the Guide.