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OUTSIDE READING: Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

“Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives. Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because of these unhealthy messages. Please remember that your behavior in regards to your child’s diagnosis is a choice. Signing this behavior plan means that you will always put […]

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We Will Get Rid of Bullying

Saw a meme on a friend’s Facebook today. Disagreed strongly with it. Fixed it. My edits are in red and include the words over the actual photo. The original meme stated: “We will never get rid of bullying / We should teach kids how to stand up for themselves instead of wearing pink ribbons and […]

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Scott Weiland

As the biological daughter of someone who drank himself to death at the age of 35 (coincidentally, the age I turn in a few months) and was entirely denied his presence because of that addiction… I implore you to read this. Addiction is a disease which affects more than just the addict themselves… it wholly […]

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Meltdown vs. Tantrum

PLEASE learn the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. They may appear the same, but are VERY different… Tantrums are willful obstinate behavior. Like when a kid throws themselves on the ground because Daddy won’t buy them the $200 Lego set. Or when cookies are denied in the mall food court and the kid […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Is Everyone “a Little Autistic”?

“If everyone were a little bit autistic, Salvation Army bell ringers would be illegal. If everyone were a little bit autistic, nothing ever would have strobe lights. Ever. Fluorescent lights, sirens, shirt tags, sock seams — these wouldn’t exist. There would be a strong social taboo against dragging a chair across the floor and making […]

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Farewell to Portland & Moya

On an airplane, headed back home from TASH. Thank goodness for overpriced, ridiculously slow wifi on planes! So immensely grateful I was able to meet so many wonder activists and advocates, some whom I have had the pleasure of being able to communicate with online regularly and some of whom I was introduced to for […]

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The Cake Debacle

By now, a good portion of Facebook (and the internet) has probably seen the story about the autistic grocery store employee (not trained to decorate cakes) who decorated a cake for a customer, the customer who “graciously” accepted & paid for the less-than-professionally decorated cake, and then promptly went home to photograph the cake and accept […]

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TASH-bound!

Currently in the air above Yosemite National Park, flying toward Portland. If you’re attending TASH this week, be sure to check out the Parenting Autistic Children with Love & Acceptance poster presentation tomorrow, between and 4:30PM & 7:00PM, in Salon F …and then the Autism Women’s Network breakout session “Creating Supportive & Inclusive Spaces For Autistic Women” from 9:20AM […]

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How is This Awareness?

Someone please explain to me exactly what this teaches you about autism and how to better assist autistic children… or adults for that matter? I’ll wait… Oh… nothing? This is why I despise awareness campaigns. Found this on some page called Firefighters vs Autism. They have an entire calendar like this. Half-naked fit guys wearing puzzle-adorned […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Is a ‘Spectrum’ the Best Way to Talk About Autism?

This is a REALLY, REALLY good read on why I tend to lash out at people who insist on using the “spectrum” as a linear way to classify autistic people. Nope. Doesn’t work that way. And this does a pretty solid job explaining why. “If I tell people that I have two autistic brothers, I […]

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