Tag Archives: ableism

Words Mean Things…

I have a challenge for you this week. Take a piece of paper and a small pencil or pen with you or open a notepad app on your phone… I want you to keep track of every time YOU use one of the following words: – crazy – daft – deranged – derp – dumb […]

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Let’s Play “How Autistic Are You?” (Or Not)

This is something I posted on my personal Facebook page, two years ago today, and felt was worth sharing with the world at large, because hey… something to think about when interacting with autistic folks in your life (or in general). If you ever want to call me out for being not autistic enough to […]

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Birthday Cards Won’t Save the World

This is likely the most disjointed thing I’ve written in a while, but I am so absolutely livid… if I go back and try to edit, I’m going to get more angry, so please forgive the lack of eloquence and use of caps…   DO NOT SEND BIRTHDAY CARDS TO PEOPLE TO WHOSE BIRTHDAY PARTIES […]

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Public Parenting… You’re Doing It Wrong

When you post memes which say: “Imagine being a therapist… living with your anxious clients. Always on call. They can knock on your bedroom door at any given moment. They have your private cell phone number when you leave the office. You are the one person in the world they trust with all of their secrets […]

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The Problem With Hillary Clinton

Before you laud Hillary Clinton’s “autism plan” please consider the following statements…  “’As a country, we must make a priority of supporting the millions of Americans with autism, and their loved ones,’ Clinton said of the autism initiative. ‘Too many American families are staying up at night worrying about their family members, especially children, who […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Why Can’t We All Get Along?!?

A fantastic follow-up read to my blog post from earlier… Leah gets it. We can’t get along if you’re exploiting your child’s diagnosis to further your overdramatic egotistical ploy for a pity party. Check your feelings at the door. Let’s work together to get your kid on a fulfilling and happy pathway to success, whatever success […]

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How NOT to Spread Awareness

How NOT to do “autism awareness”: “Autism is now 1 in 45 in the US. The problem isn’t awareness. The problem is acceptance and lack of prevention. And how will someone with permanent brain injury, self-injurious behavior, leaky gut or completely non-verbal rule the galaxy?” Do I really need to list all the things wrong […]

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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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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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Things I Type at Parents

Things I’ve typed at parents during the first half of today: 1. “Change society, not your child.” 2. “Your daughter is who she is partially because she is autistic. By saying ‘the person she is with autism, not just autistic’ you’re also saying ‘the person she is with femaleness, not just female’ and a litany […]

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