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The video is 18 minutes, longer than we usually post. But, it has some great messages about community, the joy of unembarrassed movement, inclusion, and the difference one person can make. Dork dancing is a free dance movement and mental health advocacy campaign where celebration and activism meet for a healthier, happier & more harmonious world. Dork Dancing website
This video is about some things your parents just LOVE about your ADHD. Molly is from southern Australia, has ADHD and autism, and has a YouTube channel to build understanding about ADHD. Most of her videos are 10-15 minutes long; this one was short enough for us to highlight on NextSteps. Check out her Instagram and Facebook too.
If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as non-disabled voters, two million more votes would be cast. Vote for Access is a five-part series addressing the problems with voting for people with disabilities, and some solutions that everyone should know about. Episode 1 is all about attitudes. The other videos play automatically after the first one: Episode 2 – Information, Episode 3 – At the Polls, Episode 4 – Alternatives to Polling Places, Episode 5 – Voter SuppressionFrom Rooted in Rights.
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this animated short, Dr Brené Brown describes what empathy is and how to create a genuine empathic connection. If want more, watch Brown’s 10:29-minute video, Life Advice on Emotions.
Dr. Maya Angelou shares how she honors those who were kind to her along the way, no matter who they are. You can also watch an expanded 14-minute version.
Video from an Oregon school district, celebrating what inclusive schools look like.
We’ve spent over a year living with a pandemic, in quarantine and isolation. Hard as the year may have been, coming out of it may also be emotionally tricky. This Australian video helps explain what may be going on for us and others, and what we can do to ease the transition.
When we are virtual learning, does it matter if kids get out of bed to attend our class? Behavioral consultant, trainer, and keynote speaker Polly Bath has suggestions for finding your way.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
A professor gives an important lesson about using your time wisely and setting priorities in order to have a fulfilling life. Alternative title: The Mayonnaise Jar.
Dr. Quentin Lee, Alabama principal, sings a rap song about COVID to MC Hammer’s classic hit of “U Can’t Touch This.” As we are all getting back to school, in different forms, take a break and enjoy this parody!
Daniel Bergmann, an undergraduate degree candidate at Harvard University with autism, tells the story of how childhood visits to The Met’s koi pond led to the most important breakthrough in his life. It was only when he learned to spell at age twelve, that he could tell his parents about his discovery.
Families share their challenges in learning and living through the coronavirus pandemic, the benefits they’ve seen through collaborating with their students’ teachers and working as a team, and their concerns over what the future holds.
A passionate plea to rethink school in the 21st century. More political than our usual choices but an important message.
Dr. Quentin Lee, a high school principal in Alabama, sings a song of hope and encouragement about life with COVID-19.
A special education teacher interviews a student to learn more about her academic strengths and weaknesses. The special education teacher introduces the idea of using the read-aloud accommodation in math.
Work develops self-confidence, independence, and self-discipline. A transition educator reflects on his role.
Clip from Dan Habib’s film, Garrett Shows: I’m in Charge, showing a student-led IEP meeting.
Clip from film, Untapped. It highlights an employer’s perspective on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Medtronics, in Arizona, is a Project SEARCH site.
Three BuzzFeed employees describe what is feels like to have ADHD, how they treat it, what they wish other people understood, and more.Also check out “17 Illustrations that are Incredibly Real for Anyone with ADHD,” also from BuzzFeed.
Stella Young was an Australian comedian and journalist who happened to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity.
Working with young adults who experience disabilities, the California Transition Alliance created a public service announcement about busting myths about people with disabilities.
Explicitly modeling the process of prioritizing tasks builds students’ ability to organize and manage their time.
A quick overview of executive function, your ability to organize and plan.
The South Dakotans you are about to meet live with disabilities. Each decided whether or not to disclose that disability, at school, work and in social settings. The decisions are highly personal, and while these people are willing to disclose, they respect those who choose differently.
College faculty from several states talk about their experience with college students with intellectual disability in their classrooms.
Jessica has a video channel with TONS of videos about ADHD. She calls it her ADHD toolbox — a place to keep all the research-based strategies she’s learned about having and living with ADHD. According to the New York Times, she had trouble organizing all the information she was learning, so she turned to YouTube. “Notebooks, no, I lose notebooks. YouTube. I won’t lose YouTube.” New York Times profile on Jessica
Doing small things right leads to doing big things right. Excerpt from a University of Texas at Austin commencement address by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. Focus is on getting up, getting going, and never giving up.
Salif Mahamane, a doctoral student at Utah State University, mixes personal experience with scientific evidence about the silver lining of ADHD. He draws on research findings and evolutionary theory to reframe ADHD and look at the tools it offers in today’s world, like natural brainstorming ability and resiliency.
Young adults David and Lindsey are in love — and each has autism.
A public service announcement that features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love.
Preview of a film from Dan Habib that explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.
At the time of this video, Natalie was a college senior with autism, living on campus, and a member of a sorority. Prior to graduating, she completed a summer internship in California, did volunteer work, and participated in service learning projects.
Stephen, an English rapper, and Freddie, a former captain of the England cricket team, talk about their own experiences of mental health and the benefits of speaking openly. From Heads Together, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The “I Care By” campaign gives people specific, personal actions to support students with emotional/behavioral challenges, along with easy ways to share their actions on social media and encourage others to do the same.
Stephen Tonti, a college senior with ADHD, celebrates being “attention-different” as opposed to being attention-deficit.
Antoinette, a 9th grader in Utah, identifies some dyslexic geniuses and works to change our perspective on dyslexia.
People with disabilities have the right and the responsibility to vote along with everyone else!
Kid President offers six steps to learning how to disagree with people without making everybody feel terrible.
After decades as a niche market, people with disabilities have become a driving force in technology and innovation at Google, TD Bank and many others.
Have you or your friends been in any of these situations? Gentle yet pointed humor, and practical suggestions.
Can we break bad habits simply by being more curious about them? Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and a tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.
Conversational competence may be one of our most under-taught skills. A radio host shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations, among them: honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening.
Hear from a young professional how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.
Listen to employers discuss how exposing young adults with disabilities to real work experiences can help to meet the needs of a business and improve their bottom line.
Watch a powerful story unfold as a mother describes “letting go” when her son entered the world of work.
Students conquer their daily challenges and become masters of their sports. Everyone benefits from an adult who believes in them.
Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome. Here he shares a list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add?
Faith Jegede tells the story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic — and both extraordinary. She reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.
An Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.
Re-enactments of real-life awkward moments that people with disabilities have experienced when out socializing, dating or at work.
Self-advocacy means you solve your own problems.
See how students find and explore their own passions outside of the classroom with ELOs. Pittsfield is northeast of Concord, NH.
We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or share with a friend who needs a kick in the right direction.
Normal masquerades as a universal human truth. It’s got to go. Difference is essential. Difference is the universal human truth. Every human being has value and every human being has the right to be different. Celebrate the power of different. A new video from Jonathan Mooney.
Michael was diagnosed with autism at age three. While spoken words confused and agitated him, written words gave a nonverbal boy a voice.