Today is “Love, Not Fear” flashblog. We write about the beauty of being, living, sharing and experience Autism, an Autistic life.
I might be too optimistic for the reality, but I need HOPE to be able to keep demanding the rights taken away from me, just because I am me.
Autism Speaks has been hurting autistics for too long. We are fighting back and we are stronger. It is time to say things like they are. This post is because I feel offended by people defending hateful speech.
Today we are flashblogging to counter Autism Speaks’ wrong view of autism. We are showing what autism really is. We speak for ourselves, even if Autism Speaks refuses to listen. The rest of the world will.
“Learning is easy when the teacher knows you can learn. ” Henry Frost
Today is Autistics Speaking Day, a day to remind the world that we actually speak every day, even if we do it with our fingers.
I wrote about Presumption of Competence before, and how it is important for all of us. This time I write about how it feels and how my life changed because I was assumed to be competent.
When I met Jon Stewart I was very disappointed by his lack of knowledge and sensitivity toward autism. During a recent interview, while still a bit condescending, his views seem to have evolved. This is my open letter to him.
Life changes and so do we. And if some still cannot care for themselves, like me, this is not a reason to dismiss us and reduce us to a pointless functioning label.
Who knows in which body the next brilliant brain resides, if opportunities are not equal?
You don’t know me but I have seen your pictures. You don’t know me but I know parts of your story. Soon you will wake …
My soul hurts and I am naming names. And I am saying, if you have a drop of sympathy for the murderers, or almost murderers, you have blood on your hands too.
The Judge Rotenberg Center is recruiting disabled students in the Midwest to be legally tortured with electric shocks. Help us stop this inhumane treatment of disabled people.
My life is in constant motion So different from a few years ago Back then I could not easily climb The wobbly ladders put in …
After a three-day conference, I needed to sleep. I needed to sleep because I was dreamy, trying to keep the feeling of being in a place where I can be myself and also be a little bit like a star. Also, building community.
Presumption of competence is more than an abstract idea. It has real and concrete effects. Here is one: it is better than a makeover.
Because I stood with Henry I am happier today and you should too. Henry not only got his rights, he proved that presumption of competence should be the default for every student.
This is not directed at anyone in particular. It is about several people I’ve met throughout my life. I sometimes need to remind myself that being me means following my own agenda and not pleasing the ones who will not be part of my story.
Should it matter that some of us are labeled intellectually disabled? Read the definitions, look at us in a realistic way and ask yourself; Does it matter?
Aren’t we all worthy?
This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood. This is for the ones who nurture and protect, who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.
I stand with Ashley because she is part of our community, she is brave and she survived brutality.I stand with Ashley because I hope to show her, one day, that the joy of belonging to our caring community trumps the memories of pain.
Listen Up! the PSA from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Acceptance Month has been released!
The one thing in my life I would like to cure.
Autistic People Are Awesome! Autistic People are the real experts on autism. Autistic people are not more complicated than non-autistics. Autistic people …
The title of the book should be enough for anyone who wants to know, know more or know anything, about autism and Autistics to buy it and read it.
Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.
I want to talk about Autism Acceptance again. I want to talk about Autism Acceptance because soon we will be, again, referred to as tragedies, …
Why are people without disabilities measuring their perception of the severity of another’s autism and their right to membership and voice in the autism community?
“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree…”We know how functioning labels are not helpful, despite being largely used by neurotypicals. But some autistics also grade members of our community and I want to understand why.
Autism is not a set of deficits. Autism is complex and all of us can self-advocate despite the difficulties we might face. Autism is life. I am Autistic, I self-advocate and I am happy.
Great post from Ollibean contriutor Amy Sequenzia on Autism Women’s Network.
Respect for one another is one basic quality if we want to have meaningful conversations and relationships with other human beings. The ableism that disabled people experience is a form of disrespect.
After “Non-speaking, ‘low-functioning’” was published, lots of people wanted to hear from me. I met so many amazing people, autistic bloggers with so much to share and the smartest people I know. Parents of autistic children also valued my words.
Autistic self advocate and poet, Amy Sequenzia’s thoughts on the outcome of young self- advocate, Henry Frost’s battle for inclusion in Hillsborough County.
Why would a parent of an autistic child decide that it is better not to listen to other autistics? Why?
I, Too, Want to Understand.
You look at me But you don’t see me You talk about me but not to me You think you know all about me But …
What Henry is doing is advocating for his rights, at the same time that he reminds us of our own rights and about how far we still have to go.
Other people have written better articulated articles about the same things I write in this poem. It is hard for me to elaborate beyond the words in the poem. It could have easily been me in some cases, it can happen to any of us.
“Storm” a poem by autistic self-advocate Amy Sequenzia.
About FAAST Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and …
Respect, understanding, acceptance.Things that make me happy.Respect, understanding, acceptance.
These things make me grow.
This issue is very important to me because so many events and breakthroughs in my life happened because I was presumed to be competent. On …
By now everyone knows about the new numbers on autism diagnosis. And we have already seen the media jumping in the alarmist train: IT IS …
The title of this blog is an expression seen in many blogs written by disabilities advocates and self-advocates. Wasn’t his life worth living? Isn’t mine or the lives of all disabled people?
The murder of 22 year-old autistic George Hodgins prompted the latest, very strong protests from the autistic community against the media coverage focused on the “reasons” for the killing, while ignoring George’s, the victim, life.
Welcome new Ollibean writer, Amy Sequenzia! We know you’re going to love her blog and her poems…….. “Accepting myself is an on going process. A …
“Feeling sorry for our disabilities means not accepting ourselves. I feel sorry because disabilities rights are still lacking, not because I am disabled. My message is, hopefully, about our strength and similarities”. Amy Sequenzia