What makes you an ND Affirming Service Provider
Since mid-2020, I re-evaluated my clinical skills and methodologies after coming across The Autistic Advocate's Facebook page. Since then, I have proactively amended my service framework (which is in a constant state of improvement) to ensure that I place priority on the acceptance and understanding of a person's lived experience instead of what the "experts in the field" say. Since then, I have revoked previously learned mindsets that were so heavily influenced by Social Thinking methodologies and instead have placed more focus on accommodations, advocacy, and accessibility that are actually meaningful to the person, not just on paper. I have also received additional training on being trauma-informed and interoception. This means that my therapy services focus on building agency for the individual, advocating for their rights to communicate their needs and desires through AAC and to appropriate accommodations in their homes, classrooms, and community. There is still so much for me to learn, so I make an effort to follow self-advocates and receive additional training from Autist professionals.