Today (April 2nd) is World Autism Awareness Day. The entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism blogs are already awash with articles on the awareness/acceptance argument, the evils of Autism Speaks, the tokenism of one day out of 365 and one month out of twelve for building awareness and the pointlessness of blue light... Continue Reading →
via Sesame Street welcomes Julia, a muppet with autism - BBC News Sesame Street has created Julia, a muppet who has autism. It's wonderful that a programme so involved with early years children is raising this issue. Interesting that they've gone with a girl as far fewer girls are diagnosed. However, I've read a number of... Continue Reading →
I began this blog with a desire to depict in some small way the experience of living with autism in the family. I wanted to convey some of the emotions we felt as parents of a child with special needs; the challenges, frustrations and fears of living with something that we have no experience of... Continue Reading →
A very insightful and helpful perspective. My first reblog.
I left Facebook a while ago because I kept getting sucked into the arguments between parents and Autistic people, Autistic people and the anti-VAX movement, and medical professionals and Autistic people. Today I logged back in and was quickly reminded why I left.
The first thing thing that upsets me is that all of these people think they know more about Autism than Autistic people, as if our first hand experiences are of little or no value. This is often parents but can also be medical professionals and organic health nuts (I eat organic but these people are extreme).
Cure culture fanatics telling us we are sick for wanting to stay Autistic – sick for wanting to stay the way we were born. Parents telling us we don’t understand because we are not like their child (some of us WERE at one point and have worked hard to improve as…
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I have a theory that autism is being diagnosed in such large numbers these days because society has changed and made being slightly different less acceptable. I believe autism has always been with us but once there was a place for people who were "loners" or "rigid thinkers" and nowadays we ask everyone to confirm to a... Continue Reading →