In response and to counter the woo of Autism Speaks' "national call to action"
some amazing Autistic activists and parent allies have dedicated today to a This Is Autism flashblog. Entries are pouring in. I encourage my readers to visit the Flashblog many times to see what's new.
I am not going to post an individual links list here, since that is already being done at the flashblog itself.
I am going to post a few photos of what autism is around here. Autism is me. Some of these are old photos, some might be new. I am not being very word-oriented today because I have spent so many words on other blog entries this week, and because I had to make PHONE CALLS this morning, so used up all my words on that. The photos are all of me, except one with my son, not because I am all fixated on myself, but because I don't have the energy and the what-ever-it-takes to ask people for permissions, cull through all sorts of photos and images. I also have not posted most of these before and just thought I would like to.
Many thanks and much pride in my community this week. We WILL turn around the "dreaded disease" paradigm and make a place for ourselves as equal participants in this world that claims to be "about us" while denying us access and input into policymaking about us.
|Autistic woman holding stuff shark named "Sholfin." One look at her expression tells you she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Autism Activism.|
|Autistic mother and her child. Mother wearing headphones. Child looking happy, safe, and secure. Happy to be with an AUTISTIC MOTHER, he does not believe at all that our family is victimized by some sort of sinister anthropomorphization of autism.|
|This is Autism|