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Where is the faith community in the Ferguson response? (WWJD)

I’m actually not sure what (if anything) the faith community in my city and the faith community as a whole (outside of Missouri) is saying/doing COLLECTIVELY around Ferguson.  Or Eric Garner. Or any of it. I know that I’ve seen people of all races at local rallies (including some individual church groups), and I know …

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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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Bob Frey has just about frayed my last nerve…more HIV stigma

(Note: a similar version is cross-posted on my advocacy blog: http://advocacywithoutborders.org/2014/07/a-laypersons-response-to-hiv-stigma.html) HIV stigma can be found almost anywhere.  Bob Frey is currently an aspiring candidate for the position of Minnesota House of Representatives; read what he said earlier this month and HIV and also about the LGBTQ community:    ??? HIV 101 according to aspiring Minnesota …

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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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“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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