Today I had such a great podcast recording session!
I’d like to introduce you to Ariadne Wolf, a NeuroDisabled Support Specialist. You can read more about what she does below the video.
To reach out to Ari (pronounced “are-ee”) you can visit the links below.
About Ariadne Wolf, from her LinkedIn page:
I’m a NeuroDisabled Support Specialist; while Accessibility Consultants work with organizations to help them restructure to be better suited to the needs of disabled and neurodivergent stakeholders, I work with families and students to help them navigate schools that still have a long way to go.
My job is to work with students to figure out exactly what accommodations they need to thrive, then stand by their side as we figure out together what resources, partnerships, boundaries, and conversations we need in order to make those accommodations a reality.
I am trauma-informed, trained in DEIA, Kingian nonviolence, NVC, and restorative justice principles.
My niche is working with students who have chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, EDS, Long Covid, migraines, recurring infections, etc. As someone with a connective tissue disease myself, I am fully aware of how difficult and frustrating it can be when a student has a chronic or recurring disease. I know how much of a backlash there is out there right now. We all need all the help we can get–and that’s why we need each other.
My other priority in doing this work is to collaborate with a community of students who are not always recognized under the terms of the ADA, but they should be: students who have experienced recent trauma. PTSD is a legally recognized disability, and students who experience interpersonal traumas like bullying or sexual violence badly need advocacy in order to receive accommodations they are legally entitled to and safely complete their education.
As a neurodivergent queer woman who has lived through these traumas myself, I want to name that marginalized communities are often targeted for interpersonal violence. It is an absolute necessity to advocate for ourselves with every tool available to us in order to ensure we hold educators accountable for the health and welfare of our children.https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariadne-wolf-73a341180/
I want to publicly thank Ari for being on the podcast, and I hope to chat again sometime. She’s obviously a fantastic advocate with a lot of insight, experience and wisdom to share.
(I will be updating this with her list of books as promised! I just wanted to get the video up first, I have to go through the transcription to grab her recs)