This one has been floating around the interwebs for quite a while now, but since it's that time of year, it's making its rounds again. I really wish it would stop. Autism Night Before Christmas written in 2008 by Cindy Waeltermann, founder of the organization Autism Link. (My commentary in bold.) Twas the Night Before ChristmasAnd… Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before… YIKES!
You wish to ally yourself with a marginalized community. You want to learn from them and help advocate for them, because someone you love is in that community and you want to do whatever you can to help. You want to understand. You might join a group to learn more. Say you join and you… Continue reading Theoretically Speaking…
I'm not exactly sure how long ago it was that I started actually speaking up in the Autistic Community. I've only recently been more vocal here in blog form and on my page, but I've been finding my feet in advocacy work for maybe two, maybe three years now. A little over a year and… Continue reading “Unashamed Voices” Huh?
(And We Want Acceptance, Anyway) Apparently this "game" is making the rounds again. I've seen it circulated as "awareness" for a handful of unrelated causes over the years, and this year it's for "Autism Awareness" again, so I find myself explaining how this does absolutely zero to help Autistics and our families. Again. Here's a… Continue reading This is NOT Awareness!
"Fuck u and ur group" "Straight up all u weird ass people and shit" "Your mama dropped ur drums Bitch ass in the head hoe" "Fuck u mute me delete me ur trash and so are all those weird fucking trump supporting ass bitches" "Ur Mama is a bitch and so is ur daddy" "How"… Continue reading The “Joys” of Autistic Advocacy pt. 3
You know how sometimes when a computer has too many things running it will sort of slow down and when you open something or switch tasks, it just takes longer to load? Or your bandwidth drops a bit and your video is stuck buffering? That's sort of what it's like when I start going into… Continue reading Communication and Sensory Overload
The following is a video made by "The Classy Aspie" concerning her viewpoint on Sia's new movie and the controversy surrounding it, and a transcript provided by an anonymous user. Responses/corrections have been inserted between spacers, typed in italics. Capture of a YouTube video by user RitaThePearl (aka The Classy Aspie, a Facebook page which… Continue reading We See You Sia
I understand. I do. You doctors are under a lot of pressure these days about your opioid prescriptions. It’s been all over the headlines lately. I also understand that in the emergency department you see a large proportion of people coming in for a quick fix and a scrip for 24 5/500 to take home. I… Continue reading To the Emergency Room Doctor Who Dismissed Me As A Drug User
A burned down house. The desecrated remains of a life, charred and broken standing silent in the night, soaked in the tears of lost memories. A burned down house once filled with love and bursting laughter, Unbridled joy and hope reduced to an empty shell. A burned down house. Remnants of strength and safety of… Continue reading A Poetic Response to Senator Toomey
I feel like I'm always counting steps. I spend each day in a constant analysis of how far away things are and how much energy it's going to take to get there. Sometimes even just planning what's going to happen between point A and point B is so tiring that I'll need a break before… Continue reading When a Few Hours Up Turns Into a Few Days Down