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Let’s hope they don’t kick me off: these IACC public comments though…

So…I was recently appointed to the IACC, which is the federal advisory board that handles important autism-related matters at the national level. There were ~40-ish? people appointed in total, including 23 public members…and a full EIGHT of us public members are autistic! I am beyond grateful to have an opportunity to serve my community in …

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#SorryNotSorry: You Can Keep Your Nonpology

I script a lot, mostly in my head. It calms me. And it helps me process. It seems that there has always been a phrase, a quote, a song lyric that helps to capture what’s on my mind. People often fail me, but words seldom do. This one is easy. Comes from middle school lit …

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Disability Justice is Social Justice; Lean In

Cue the lights, cue the music. The video starts. A young lady with Down Syndrome stands on a grassy football field, her eyes glistening with tears that threaten to roll down her carefully made-up face as she is crowned Homecoming Queen to a chorus of thunderous applause. The next few minutes of the video are …

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Dear Ms. Ruby Bridges

(This is cross-posted at the “Advocacy Without Borders” blog as well, available here.) My six year old daughter came home with a book about Ruby Bridges today. At first I was taken aback. How on Earth do you make any sense of segregation and hatred to a child who knows nothing of that life…without making them self-conscious, fearful, …

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Heckling Muslim schoolchildren? Faith is NOT supposed to be synonymous with hate!

I was saddened (and angered) to read this disturbing news: that recently a group of approximately 20 “Christian” Texans called the “Patriot Defense Foundation, Inc” decided to harass another group of Texans who are Muslim.  The Muslim group traveled to the Texas capitol (Austin) for a Texas Muslim Capitol Day legislative advocacy event coordinated by …

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A believer’s plea: enough with the hypocrisy

The hubby’s asleep. The kids are asleep. I need to go to sleep too. But before I do, I’m going to make another super long status update/blog post (yay multitasking!) motivated by some things that I have seen lately. I can’t go to bed and not say anything. It just wouldn’t be right. This isn’t …

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