③ Disability Advocacy ・障害者代表

Acceptance, Exploration and Adaptation 

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
–Voltaire… and Spider-Man!

I spent my childhood as a very shy, reserved, and contained child. With a very gregarious older sister and strong willed Naval parents I felt I had big shoes fill. Often times in retrospect, we realize our situations and challenges, and for me, in retrospect, I’ve come to realize particular traits of being on the Autism Spectrum. I showed a variety of earmarks: repeated, harmless, but socially awkward behaviors like lingering, banging my head on poles at school (because I thought it was funny); fixation and emotional attachment on animated characters and figurines; an aversion to interaction; and delays in speech.

But lucky for me I was blessed with the guardian angels who were my parents–my dad, a professional human behavior interventionist and my mother an endlessly compassionate psychotherapist. Through them and their decisive early interventions, I learned to channel, redirect and hone this energy of what most behavior interventionist call a mild form of stimming. Through martial arts, the arts, celebrating Kwanzaa and a very international, diverse and multicultural environment my parents nurtured me. I went on to master comic book arts and visual arts; martial arts and Eastern philosophy; Japanese language and international living; and earned a BA in Japanese Language wit a minor in Japanese.

My parents challenged my capacity and taught me discipline, compassion, patience, creativity, autonomy and spirituality. They never rejected me for my alternative learning style or picky interests. They were encouraging and loving. And I made huge gains because of it

But it has taken me years of ups and downs to get a handle on my smooth transition. Egregious misbehavior as a small child no longer has relevance, but as an adult I certainly had struggles in humility and ability–taking up an expat lifestyle abroad; rebelliousness against my parents and not accepting their own barriers; failure in an international courtship; living as an avant garde art bohemian with intermittent work

I finally came around and decided to follow my parents footsteps and take up counseling in Vocational Rehabilitation which focuses on creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. And it has been an invaluable choice.

In VocRehab and disability advocacy I’ve learned how physiology, society and psychology fit together and how understanding that meeting the needs of our environment in the way we can gives us all purpose, natural reinvestment and inevitable fruition

Below, explore my diverse experience as someone who has overcome various diversity barriers and also read some of my essays addressing disability and diversity topics, especially some that affect men–a population that continues to have  high incidences of Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, substance abuse, ADHD and unnaturally high mortality rates from suicide and other injury, among other challenges…

 

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Disability Studies:

  1. Qamarism: A Personal Counseling Approach
  2. Virtual Rehabilitation: THE FUTURE OF REHABILITATION
  3. X-MEN as VR Archetype
  4. All Education, Special: Emphasizing Universal Educational Design for Disability and ESL Students
  5. Realising the X-Men in VR Counseling: Secret Identities
  6. SDSU AMP Program as a vocational infrastructure for Southern California
  7. SYSTRAN for carbon organisms: How psycholinguistics applies to cognition, thought qunatification and behavioral modification
  8. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: An Agent and Talent Manager of Authenticity, Humility and Substance.
  9. Casualties of the Mars and Venus War: Ableism and Disableism; Sex and Gender
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  10. Assistive technology, art, framing, exoskeleton and the bodice. Disability and adornment.
  11. African-American Traditional Principles as an American Confucianism and Ethical Panace for Sociopathology
  12. An Overview of Cognitive Vocational Disability Challenges of Refugee and Immigrant Populations
  13. “Inappropriate Behavior”: The Neglect of Maslowian Sexual Needs of People with Disabilities.
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  14. Sexual surrogacy: Redefining sex work and decriminalizing prostitution.
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  15. Eliminating Malpractice: Incorporating Proximity and Social Distancing Principles in Program and Practice Design for Protecting Client’s Rights through Telehealth and Virtual Systems.

Men’s Studies

  1. Fag-Shaming: A feminism-complimentary approach to male sexual stigma issues
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.; Online sample assessment
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