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Ableism vs. Empowerment


Join Dr. Stephanie C. Holmes as she discusses the important differences between ableism and empowerment. She will talk through some of the stigma associated with autism. Beginning with a brief history of the different beliefs and clinical research about autism and discussing the theories and models of disabilities- both of which added to a negative stigma of disabled persons or persons with differences or delays such as those on the autism spectrum. She will discuss the importance of empowerment and partnering with the individual to create strategies and options and choice that are meaningful to the person and challenge you to assess if you have a hidden bias or belief in ableism- or belief that being abled or “normal” is superior to others with disabilities or differences.

You can find out more about her at

She is offering a 25% discount on her DVD series Moving Beyond Surviving to Thriving and Teens on the Spectrum if you mention this podcast and reach out to her at

Dr. Holmes is a professional counselor and educator and advocate, but her real credentials come from being a mother of an exceptional young lady on the spectrum who is also interviewed on Converge Autism Radio, Sydney.

She is developing a training course for clinicians to work with NeuroDiverse couples who are also faith-based coming in 2021.

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