Category: Outside Reading

OUTSIDE READING – We Are Not Your Inspiration

Please take ten minutes out of your day and listen to Stella Young talk about not being an inspiration… because it may (hopefully) change a particular way you look at your fellow humans and will definitely make you think before you post phrases such as: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” “Before […]

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OUTSIDE READING – 7 Reasons To Stop Calling Disabled People Inspirational

  Stop posting inspiration porn; all your feel-good news stories about how a team came together to allow a disabled kid to make the last basket during the game or the head cheerleader accompanied the disabled boy to prom or the community came together to show up at an 11-year old stranger’s birthday party, because […]

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OUTSIDE READING – Not On My Wall… Boundaries and Entitlement

“I have even seen some parents come into the space of an Autistic person, someone with lived experience – and when it has been explained that ‘Light it up Blue’ and ‘Puzzle Pieces’ and ‘Awareness’ are offensive and even triggering, these same people have continued to defend their position. What if instead of insisting their […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Black Lives Matter??? The Day After (#WalterScott)

“‘Mom?’ ‘Yes?’ I asked. ‘I’d probably be nervous, Mom. I don’t think I would be able to keep from moving and remember to keep my voice a certain way and remember to say ‘sir’ and all of those things. Will I still be okay? They know I’m just a kid.’ Good point, I thought. I’d […]

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OUTSIDE READING – The Media Has It Wrong About Autism And PTSD

“I do want to talk about one thing in this story that is often ignored. PTSD and autism are a real problem, but not because of what we do to our parents, but because of every Autistic adult I know, including myself, I don’t know one that does not have PTSD due to being treated […]

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OUTSIDE READING – To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

“Krawitt has been speaking up about vaccination for a long time now. He told me about going to a parent meeting at his daughter’s school just before the start of the school year, where a staff member reminded parents not to send peanut products to school, since a child or children had an allergy. ‘It’s […]

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OUTSIDE READING – Just Say No to the Judge Rotenberg Center

“But, Giraffe Party, why don’t you like Autism Speaks? You have the autism. They help you!” That’s an almost direct quote. No, I don’t have “the autism” but I am autistic. No, I don’t support Autism Speaks, but they don’t support me, either. You know who they do support? The Judge Rotenberg Center. Amongst a […]

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OUTSIDE READING – Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again

“Some… are battling their own bodies for control each day, some are coming from homes so broken and troubled it’s just astounding, and many are simply neglected and left to be raised by siblings or television. I really had to stop and realize that my wishes for their classroom behavior were superseded by their own […]

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