Philosophy on Disability

We know that everyone has both challenges and strengths. When dealing with disabilities, we tend to look at things fatalistically. Why is this? I argue that it’s partially due to the way we’re conditioned to view disability – when someone has unusual challenges because they don’t meet expectations, we have this idea that (a) they never will, in spite of intervention or accommodation; or (b) there is no place for them and (c) because there is something irrevocably wrong (instead of different) (d) and when there is something wrong, that it cannot be adjusted.

These are myths.

Sometimes we’re truly inhibited by some aspects of our condition in some areas of life. But should we make a fish climb a tree? Or should we put the fish in rushing water, and see it at its best? And if that fish has trouble swimming, shouldn’t we figure out why? Shouldn’t we try to help? The right kind of support can make all the difference.

Self-disclosure, I never did well in math. I might never become a mathematician. Good thing is, I never let that upset me, because I would pay good money to make sure I never become one. I’ve taken steps towards becoming what I’m good at.

We adapt where we need to in order to achieve what we can and want to in life.

I subscribe to the social model of disability.

Disabled or not, we are people. Not only do we have rights, but we have value, dignity, and untapped potential.

If you would like a complimentary consultation, or for resource brokerage, feel free to reach out any time.

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Coaching, Mental Health, Presentations, & Motivational Speaking

Living as an autistic woman myself, I provide individual & family support as well as motivational speaking, group education, and group coaching.

Individual & Family Coaching Services

I am a Master of Social Work student at Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in both Psychology and Philosophy. While I am not a doctor of any kind, I am informed by research, years of crisis intervention experience, traditional clinical social work, teaching, and general work with people with disabilities (especially ASD) professionally, and my own experience.

While I view autism as a gift, it can also come with challenges that may impede the gifts shining through. I know that it can be difficult living with someone different from you, but I also believe in setting families up to succeed and thrive happily, and plant seeds of hope for a bright future. I believe that anyone, with the right guidance, can lead a happy life.

No two people are alike, but I am able to relate well to the experience of being an autistic child because I was one. We grow strong either because of, or in spite of the trials we face as people with disabilities.

I will share my own experience and translate what behaviors are intended to communicate, and how to intervene effectively and compassionately in situations of emotional crisis, without getting overwhelmed yourself.

Disabilities can be tough to manage, and resources aren’t always apparent, but what’s tougher is going through it alone.

The Coaching Process

I utilize active-listening skills, as a trained counselor, to inform my work as a coach. I ask specific questions geared towards helping determine needs and learning about any history that still applies to the struggles in the present.

I talk with the child, adult, or young adult and get a sense of the struggles experienced by the young adult/child. I then share my observations with parents, caregivers, and spouses to improve the quality of relationships, to bridge understanding, and find resources. One-on-one time with the child or adult is geared towards building coping skills as related to a disability; utilizing helpful resources at school, home, and work, and help manage sources of stress, rather than focusing on symptoms.

I want to empower people to exist in the world as-is, and follow the trail of acceptance, rather than changing yourself. More on my philosophy can be found here.

In addition to autism/disability support, I also support nondisabled people, people with suspected conditions, people with mental illness, people with other health conditions, addiction sufferers, domestic abuse survivors, spouses, caregivers, but not limited to this–and anyone else who feels they may benefit from a support system is encouraged to reach out.

As of September 2019, I am offering complimentary consults for those new to my services to determine if we’d be a good fit. My goal is to find you the most appropriate fit, which may include resource/referral brokerage.

I do not charge a counselor’s fee – I am a consultant and charge for time, expertise, and travel (if necessary) and can adjust on a sliding-scale basis.

Motivational Speaking

Ibbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb have been a public speaker for more than six years, from all around South Jersey and the Philadelphia area to all the way in Guangzhou, China (see image on the right). I have a podcast/radio show on 91.5 WDBK about positive psychology, mental health, comedy, and social work.

The topics I cover include:
* Stress management
* What to do when ……
* “What does this mean?” and general autism education/Q&A
* Crisis Intervention Support
* Dialectical Behavioral Skills
* And more…

Support Groups

For parents and/or children… currently being populated… contact if you have an interest.

Formal Training
* Suicide, Risk Assessment, & De-Escalation
* Dementia & Alzheimer’s Sensitivity
* Autism & Related Conditions, Other Disabilities, Medical Health Impairments
* Supervising and coaching people with disabilities
-> Autism Speech on 91.5 WDBK
-> More about Danielle & Credentials
-> Resume


—> Facebook Page (Contact for Contracting)
—> Gmail: asdquestion
—> Stand-up Comedy Page

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Last updated – September 23, 2019

Hiatus from WDBK

Hi everyone! I’ve returned from social service in China.

However, The Best Medicine is currently on hiatus until at least September.

Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding the next time-slot!

In the interim, I’ll be working on some social service projects and doing stand-up when I can. Friends and fans, thank you for your loyalty and understanding!