Tag Archives: disability rights

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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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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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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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 – 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: 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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#WalkInRed2015

You better believe these puppies are participating in #WalkInRed2015 today! https://www.facebook.com/events/441004906049419/ #LightItUpBlue? Nah, no #LIUB here. Corgis prefer ACCEPTANCE. “We want to everyone to post selfies wearing red shoes, socks, hats, nail polish or any other item of clothing (etc) to the hashtags ‪#‎WalkInRed‬ and ‪#‎WalkInRed2015‬ to promote ‪#‎AutismAcceptanceDay5‬‪#‎AutismAcceptanceMonth‬ & ‪#‎AutismAcceptance‬ in general. We’re promoting a flashblog/tweetstorm for April 2nd to draw attention away from ‪#‎LIUB‬ and will be […]

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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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