Words for Autistics Speaking Day By Judy Endow

Autistics Speaking Day Nov 1 2013

It isn’t right that autistics are in the position of needing other people to allow us our place in this world. We need to be able to take our own ticket when others refuse to give it to us. It is wrong that we have to be dependent on the benevolence of others and at their whim to merely being granted permission to participate in everyday life on planet earth.

People need to learn about inclusion. Autistics need to learn to steal tickets when others can’t be depended upon – some teachers in schools I consult to still don’t “believe in” inclusion as if it is a religion.

But for real THEY ALWAYS have the choice on whether or not to allow us autistics a space at the table of humanity. So shouldn’t we, in turn, at least be taught how to steal tickets when those in charge decide we shouldn’t have them for whatever excuse they resurrect in the moment?

Image description black and white photograph of woman with long brown hair and glasses smiling. Dark grey text reads: Judy Endow Autistic author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics. Read more from Judy on Ollibean and visit JudyEndow.com.

About the Author:

Judy Endow, MSW is an author, artist, and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics. The award winning Paper Words, Discovering and Living with My Autism ,  Learning the Hidden Curriculum: The Odyssey of One Autistic AdultPaper Words, and many other wonderful books can be found on her website JudyEndow.com.

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