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Autism Defined: A Poem

This is autism. A world where we are defined as a list of “deficits” and “problems” needing to be overcome.  This is autism. A world where our killers can be showered with sympathy and compassion for having had to endure a life with us.  This is autism.  Incessant fatigue created by having to navigate societies …

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And the truth shall set you free (if you choose to be free)

There are many people who truly believe that Autism Speaks is a benevolent organization that is working on behalf of people on autism spectrum and their loved ones. They might have received Autism Speaks’ “100 Day Kit” from their physician upon diagnosis, or maybe they came across Autism Speaks’ website while searching about autism online. …

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Thank you, Build-A-Bear workshop!!!!!

Build-A-Bear Workshop, I want to thank you for ending your corporate sponsorship of Autism Speaks.  As an autistic adult and a parent of two beautiful autistic children, I am very touched by this measure. It’s hard to go against the grain – but you did. It says so much about your company.  It grieved me …

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Face the truth: what you REALLY mean when you say “low-functioning”

I’m so freaking tired of people throwing around functioning labels. “High” functioning autism. “Low” functioning autism. “Moderately,” “mildly,” or “severely” affected by autism. Aside from the fact that these labels are arbitrary, divisive, imprecise, and inaccurate, they just don’t make sense.  As someone (not me) brilliantly stated, “Low functioning means that your strengths are ignored; …

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Contribution for #EducateSesame Collaborative Blog

I am proud to support Boycott Autism Speaks’ Flash Blog urging Sesame Workshop to reconsider their recently announced partnership with Autism Speaks. The movement has attracted media attention lately, and the flash blog is one of several grassroots attempts to protest this partnership peacefully but assertively. You can read my post at the link provided. …

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Autism as seen by my autistic daughter

My sweet girl’s contribution for a community flash blog (that wasn’t part of it because Mommy didn’t submit it on time to be included, oops).  SO I’m sharing it here. She typed this out unprompted and unassisted.  🙂 This is autizum Autizum is something BIG and good. It is fun to type about autizum!  I …

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“Carter”: an exercise in presuming competence

I volunteer on Sunday evenings with our church’s worship and creative arts ministry for children. The kids take fun classes such as kick-boxing, art, hip-hop, cup stacking, Sign Language, music, Legos, etc, and Biblical concepts are interwoven into the lessons. Though children with disabilities are welcome into this program, most of those families seem to …

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Cleanin’ out my closet: coming out Autistic!

So…I kinda came out this week.  About my neurology, that is.  In recent months, I’ve grown increasingly comfortable being fairly open about some aspects of myself in the semi-anonymous world of the internet. But IRL, it’s different.  While I am not ashamed of who my Lord and Savior made me to be, my diagnosis is …

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“Don’t let them be Autistic…” #AutismIsNotACrime Flash Blog post

Though I am not a regular blogger, I learned about the “Autism is Not a Crime” flash blog being hosted by Gretchen Leary (described here), and I wanted to support my community by participating (some additional great information available here).  I don’t know how good this will be given that I’m throwing it together, but …

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It’s just too much

Yesterday I read a blog post written by the Caffeinated Autistic.  It is short, but I suggest that you read it: (http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/i-am-tired-tw-for-institutionalization-abuse-murder-dehumanization/).  It really makes you think and I am grateful to her for sharing and for having the courage to not conform to the “status quo” even if doing so would be “easier.” In …

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