OLLIBEAN : Acceptance, Love, Self-Care: #AutismPositivity2015

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Autism Positivity is coming out of April stronger.
Tired
A little frustrated
Spoonless.

But stronger.

Autism Positivity is rejecting blue lights, casting a red shadow and obscuring the blue puzzle pieces of hate.

We continue our #WalkInRed call to action, we are joined by accepting friends, old and new.

As Elvis Costello has been singing for decades, even the Angels want to wear the red shoes.

Acceptance, Love (and the Angels wearing red shoes) = Positivity

Autism Positivity is reclaiming words used to devalue us, and giving them their true meaning.

Defiant: standing for what we believe in and for whom we are, against the normalization imposed on us.

Non-compliant: refusing to accept the low expectations imposed on us, refusing to “obey”, or to “behave” according to what is arbitrarily defined as “normal” and “acceptable”.

Withdrawn: not isolated, but knowing when to retreat for self-preservation and self-care

Obsessed: finding joy in discoveries beyond the ordinary.

We reclaim those words and we exercise our self-determination.
We are defiant and non-compliant because we stand for our humanity.

We take care of our need for self-regulation and we retreat, even if the majority insists that socializing means being surrounded by people all the time, exchanging (sometimes pointless) words, acting “normal”.

We defy the usual narrative that talks about us without us, and we don’t back down. We demand to be heard. We move forward kicking open the doors that are being constantly being slammed in our faces.

Autism Positivity can come with tears, but it leads to pride.

I defy, I don’t comply
I obsess about my rights
I take care of myself.

I am also radical
Rebellious
I speak my mind

Autism Positivity does not ride a unicorn
Autism Positivity can come with pain and scars.
Autism Positivity is a lot like a battle

But we determine the goals
We define the priorities

Autism Positivity is self-discovery
It is our path.

Autism Positivity is Acceptance, Love and Self-Care

 

Image description black and white photograph of woman with short dark brown hair. She is smiling. Dark grey text reads:Amy Sequenzia Passionate Autistic activist, writer, and poet . Read more from Amy on Ollibean and visit nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com .

About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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