Posts Tagged ‘Activism’

Human Rights Watch Film Festival is currently going on all this week. Tomorrow or more like today here in New York City the disability community is being represented by Human Right Film Festival in partnership with ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival which will be coming up next year is showing The Grown Ups film which is about a couple with Down Syndrome. 

I’m pleased to see ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival has partnered up with Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The film itself is being shown at IFC Theater and Lincoln Center. Please go and see this movie! 

Don’t miss out on their other films that are apart of Human Rights Watch Film Festival. 

Finding Acceptance with Autism 

Posted: March 5, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Activism, advocacy
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Acceptance doesn’t come easy when you are different. I growing up struggled to find acceptance with myself since I felt that I was alone. As I grew up I knew I had a voice and I can do great things and help others.

As I started to see what I was experiencing I felt that I myself had to self- advocate at that time in my life I didn’t know what self advocating was and is.

My time in a public school was filled with challenges by students and some of staff. The special education teachers had limited resources in comparison with those teachers who didn’t teach special education.

As a child I always liked technology it was difficult for those who were in special education to get to use technology. As time went by in high school the special education teachers were allowed to use technology once or twice from what I would recall.

I started accepting that I am different as I was in my sophomore year where I knew that if I didn’t like what I was being faced with I would be able to help advocate for myself since I wanted to have the chance to be in inclusive classes and yes I know it’s a challenge for other teachers.

As much as I have Autism it doesn’t defy me as a person. I know my voice matters and I’ll keep advocating for myself and others since the need is greater than you would expect especially when you feel like you don’t have a voice. I’ve been able to continue to advocate for myself and over the years I’ve advocated for others as well.  


  We here at AMCPress&Co attended opening night. We enjoyed the  film of Margarita With A Straw. The film is about a woman with cerebral palsy (CP). She struggled with accepting herself.

We met some amazing people who are involved in filming making and advocacy work. The film envokes self love and acceptance of her disability. We here at AMCPress&Co enjoyed the opening night. Marc Ruffalo was at the event as well.



The Disney Channel is putting a focus onto Autism in an upcoming episode of “Girl Meets World” which is also an Emmy nominated comedy.

Disney Channel will be airing this episode on September 11th which it will be exploring the developmental disability.

Disney Channels Officials have also said that they’ve worked with three autism experts to “help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families.”

This episode has been dubbed “Girl Meets Farkle,” Frakle Minkus wonders if he has Asperger’s syndrome and receives support from his friends Riley and Maya, the network said.

“Girl Meets World” is its second season which the original cast members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as Cory and Topagana Matthews focus on the experiences of their daughter, Riley. When it comes to “Boy Meets World” and now “Girl Meets World” they’ve been focussing both on issues that kids face. Having a disability and being a fan of “Boy Meets World” this is a great thing that Disney Channel is doing.  I find that this is one episode I’ll be watching since I am not only an advocate for people with disabilities and have a disability myself its definitely progress when it comes to Disney Channel with focussing on disabilities and inclusion for those who watch “Girl Meets World.”




New research has have suggested that many drugs have been overprescribed to people who have  intellectual disabilities despite evidence that they provide any benefit for people who are being prescribed. An analysis of medical records for more than 33,000 adults which have intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2013 which found that one in four were prescribed antipsychotic medication.

Often, when the drugs were only used to correct behavior problems such as aggression and self-injury, according to findings that were published on Tuesday in The BMJ.

The trend is troubling which a researcher said. 71 percent of those with intellectual disabilities who have been prescribed antipsychotics had no record of severe mental illness which the drugs are meant to treat.

“Research evidence does not support using antipsychotics to manage behavior problems in people with intellectual disabilities,” said Rory Sheehan of University College London, who led the study. “Many people with intellectual disability and behavior disturbance have complex needs and other interventions, such as looking at the support people receive and their communication needs, should be prioritized. Antipsychotics, or indeed any medications, should not be prescribed lightly and are no substitute for comprehensive care.”

The study participants, antipsychotics were more common in those who were older and also individuals with intellectual disability and have had been diagnosed with autism or dementia.

The beyond questions about how efficacy, inappropriately giving people antipsychotics puts those at risk for side effects such as  drowsiness and weight gain, which can lead to other long-term health consequences such as diabetes, Sheehan said.

The researchers have also noted that use of antipsychotics declined gradually over the 15 years studied. The study also  suggested  that doctors may have been adjusting their methods of treating intellectual disabilities. I am glad that doctors who are treating people with intellectual disabilities are being treated with new methods.

The study has also found that medications for anxiety and depression have been frequently prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities.

Did you ever think there is a link between people who have Autism and being creative? Recently the BBC has done a study which as showed that people with Autism shows that those who have Autism are creative. It’s awesome that this study has come out with since it does make an impact for those who are diagnosed with the Autism since everyone does think differently and people can be creative when it comes to what they do when they are faced with problems. This is a sign that more people can see what people can do instead of them underestimate their potential.

I am creative in my own way and running AMCPress&Co I tend to be creative in the ways I come up with new ideas which we here at AMCPress&Co are working on new ideas. Our podcast shows how creative we are with incorporating satire and disability news into one show which is unique listening experience. Tune into tonight when we discuss this new study which we find to be an awesome find with the study. Listen in at