Apr. 18th, 2015


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Such pure, delicious evil

I have just read George R R Martin's response to the Sad Puppies and the Hugo Award.

One last question. You say you want inclusion. You say you want democracy. And you have already announced Sad Puppies 4, aimed at the 2016 Hugo Awards at Big Mac II. I understand that Kate Paulk of MAD GENIUS CLUB will be running things next year. I presume the mechanism will be the same -- a call for suggestions, which will then somehow be winnowed down to a slate. (If that's wrong, do correct me, I want to have the facts).

So maybe my last question is for Kate Paulk rather than you or Mr. Correia. I don't know. But it's a simple question. When you open up Sad Puppies 4 for nominations...

Can I nominate?
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Autism Speak's Propaganda (link)


"When people ask me why I don’t like Autism Speaks, I explain their lack of focus on true advocacy for autistic people, the bulk of their funding does not go toward creating support systems and programs, and that their campaigns are dehumanizing and harm people on the spectrum....

Since the public isn’t typically familiar with all of their rhetoric, I decided to break it down here...."

Read the rest at: https://lamonthelam.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/i-am-sounding-the-alarm-on-autism-propaganda-everyday/

"After reading this, tell me how I’m supposed to give my support to Autism Speaks."LAM on the LAM
 


 
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"... You want it to be called differently-abled?

Go change the world so that our different sets of abilities really are just different sets and they don't get all kinds of discrimination for being unexpected or (supposedly) wrong sets.

Go make sure people don't think existence with my set of abilities is tragic and not worth living and that murdering people for being like me is seen as the murder and horror that it is, not as some sort of mercy killing.

Go make sure that the tools we need are in our possession.
Go get rid of the access barriers.
Make ableism stop being a thing, and we can talk..."

 
 
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Jim Sinclair gave a presentation at the 1993 International Conference on Autism which turned into the essay "Don't Mourn for Us."

Many people consider that presentation and that essay the beginning of the modern autism rights movement.
 

 

Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.

This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

Therefore, when parents say,

I wish my child did not have autism,
what they're really saying is,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.

Read that again.

This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence.

This is what we hear when you pray for a cure.

This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.

 

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"I celebrate my Autistic, Disabled life.

It seems illogical, but it is not...

It is about assumptions, based on what is considered “normal”, how we are supposed to feel about things considered “difficult to live with”....  I do not celebrate that majority or their assumptions....

I celebrate MYSELF, my LIFE, and everything about me. I do celebrate being non-speaking because I believe I am a better me when I am really LISTENING and LEARNING. I celebrate being non-speaking because it is the only me I know, and because I can still “say” what I want to say, and fight for my rights, without oral speech...." 

- Amy Sequenzia  ~   http://ollibean.com/2015/04/17/celebrating-my-life/





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Apr. 10th, 2015


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Autism & Flexibility



Image is a graphic reading, "And it’s funny really (in a not funny at all kind of way) that we talk so much about the inflexibility, the rigidity of those on the autism spectrum when really, isn’t it US, the so-called neurotypical population, who are stuck in this frightfully narrow rut of perception? Isn’t it us who insist that Autistics conform to our version of .. well, everything? Isn’t it us who are really so rigid in our thinking as to be capable of believing that other ways of processing / thinking / communicating / experiencing are wholly invalid? That’s pretty remarkable (and, in its practical application, horrifying) stuff, isn’t it?"} - Diary of a Mom

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Autism & Flexibility



Image is a graphic reading, "And it’s funny really (in a not funny at all kind of way) that we talk so much about the inflexibility, the rigidity of those on the autism spectrum when really, isn’t it US, the so-called neurotypical population, who are stuck in this frightfully narrow rut of perception? Isn’t it us who insist that Autistics conform to our version of .. well, everything? Isn’t it us who are really so rigid in our thinking as to be capable of believing that other ways of processing / thinking / communicating / experiencing are wholly invalid? That’s pretty remarkable (and, in its practical application, horrifying) stuff, isn’t it?"} - Diary of a Mom

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The autistic child: a he, she or it?

Posted this in previous years, but still applicable for this year's autism awareness week.  It features a page torn from a book by Uta Frith (2003), justifying the use of "it" as a pronoun to refer to autistics.  Would the same justification be so casually made if the book instead dealt with children of a specific ethnic or religious group, deaf or blind children, etc?


BETTER QUALITY / SIZE image is available here: http://fithfath.com/agangi/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=1556&amp%3Bg2_imageViewsIndex=1

Title: Notes on Style

Artist Notes: This is mixed media on canvas board, involving paint, torn book pages, paper cut outs, and zip-tone press type; with some additional editing done on the computer. The text is from a page torn out of the book: Autism: Explaining the Enigma by Uta Frith ( http://books.google.com/books/about/Autism.html?id=1sIxN1qNNDMC )

I've had this multimedia piece hanging around for a couple years now so i figured I'd finish it finally for Autism Awareness Month. I'm not that happy with how it turned out, but it's one less thing sitting here unfinished at least.

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Apr. 9th, 2015


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AUTISM LINKS






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AUTISM LINKS






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Apr. 7th, 2015


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Sleep, Lack there of, and Autism.

I wanted to write at least 1 post a day on topic for Autism Awareness/Acceptance month, and already, I've managed to screw up days 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as sleep through the holiday weekend that my mum, her boyfriend, my wife and I were looking forward to after weeks of stress and more to come (medical tests mostly for several of us). I suppose in a way this is "on topic though",sleep problems have been found to have some overlap with autism spectrum disorders.

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