Consent Education Petition

The founder of NDDI, Jordan Gemilere, is starting a petition on for federal legislation that would require every school in the country to teach every student about consent. There are currently only eight states that require K-12 schools to teach consent in sexual education courses. This is a major problem that disproportionately hurts women … Continue reading Consent Education Petition

Elon Musk: “Solve Autism”

Elon Musk, the founder of Neuralink, recently announced his intention to implant a chip that can provide information to the brain and observe brain functions into a human by the end of 2020. And he did not fail to disappoint the neurodiversity activists when he touted that it could "solve" conditions such as autism and … Continue reading Elon Musk: “Solve Autism”

Pete Buttigieg Plan

Last week, disability rights activists won a huge victory. Political candidates have finally pulled disability rights into the national political dialogue. It all started when Beto O'Rourke invoked disability rights as an important issue that he planned to address but only gave a short list of specific issues before he dropped out of the Democratic … Continue reading Pete Buttigieg Plan

Policy to Educate People on Historical Figures with Developmental Disabilities

In my own experience and the experience of other self-advocates, revealing the presence of a developmental disability such as autism usually triggers the instinctual reactions of uncomfortable facial expressions and a wave of pity from the people around us. People act as though I just died in front of them. And this natural reaction to … Continue reading Policy to Educate People on Historical Figures with Developmental Disabilities

Four Issues Facing the IDD Community

People with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities face a large number of issues in public policy. This article is a simple overview of four major issues that NDDI will be focused on. While our advocacy will go well beyond the issues covered here, each of these issues will … Continue reading Four Issues Facing the IDD Community