Tag Archives: autism acceptance

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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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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OUTSIDE READING: 10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

THIS ARTICLE IS SO WONDERFULLY ACCURATE!!! And in the comments on the Respectfully Connected FB post, Bri from RC elaborated on number 9: “# 9 recommends critically thinking about whether we would ask a non-autistic child to engage in this therapy. If the answer is no, it is a good indicator that we should think carefully about […]

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Sometimes a Little Right Isn’t Enough

For everyone wanting to rave about how wonderful Sesame Street is for creating an autistic muppet… they haven’t. They created a cartoon character and a bunch of videos pushing a mostly negative agenda. Please read this write-up of the materials and why Sesame Street needs to start over with this initiative. Sometime a little right […]

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OUTSIDE READING: 10 Things Autistic Kids Pick Up Quicker When Not Bullied

“As an educator, I’d like to say this: Why in corn’s name are you waiting for a child to be abused by their peers in order to ‘promote social justice, tolerance, respect, and acceptance’? The time for that promotion is all the time, no matter who is or is not in your current classroom. If […]

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How Not to Awareness

If you are a parent who is creating an “awareness” campaign and you decide you don’t want to involve autistic people… stop. Don’t do that thing you want to do. You don’t get to speak about us, without us. And awareness… what a joke. Let’s not, shall we? Education is what you want to focus […]

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OUTSIDE READING: ASAN Statement On JRC At Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference

And people wonder why so many autistic folks say NO to ABA therapy… “The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center at their 2015 annual conference. The Judge Rotenberg Center, which uses contingent electric shock to modify the behavior of disabled […]

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OUTSIDE READING: I Will Not ‘Light It Up Blue’

With April rapidly approaching, I remind you – once again – to please NOT participate in “Autism Awareness Month” but rather… Autism ACCEPTANCE Month. No lighting it up blue, no puzzle pieces, no negative rhetoric about how autistic people aren’t whole/are missing or are ruining the lives of those around them. I’m not missing, I […]

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Autism Speaks Does Not Speak For Me

This chart is not the main reason I ask you to stop supporting Autism Speaks, but it’s a pretty big one. And those science grants/awards? A large portion of them go toward eugenics studies. As in… how to prevent people like me from being born in the future. This is the view Autism Speaks takes: I […]

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