I Speak of Dreams celebrates 1000 Ausome Things #AutismPositivity2013

This post was originally published by Liz Ditz on I Speak of Dreams, at http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2013/04/i-speak-of-dreams-celebrates-1000-ausome-things-autismpositivity2013.html, and is reprinted here with permission from the author.
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What is this all about? Autism Positivity explains

Last year hundreds of bloggers came together in a show of support and solidarity in response to an anonymous person’s Google search “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers”. The posts that came flooding in from all over the world were a beautiful example of the power of strength in numbers. With so much negativity still surrounding Autism and the misinformation and misconceptions that continue to abound, we invite each of you to share one, or two, or more “Ausome” things!

I’ve been turning this over in my mind for the last month. I hear many adult autistics writing about how April is a hard month, like Karla Fisher on Facebook

IRL Status: I have come to the conclusion that April is not a month for me to do Autism stuff. 😉 I am not strong enough. The good news is that there are significantly more of us autistics speaking against the flood of crappy Autism messaging and they are strong enough. The parent allies are also increasing in numbers. The bad news is there is still a flood of crappy messaging and we are in a place as a people where acceptance is so far away. It makes life for those of us living it, so hard every day and still it continues…

I thought I would focus on gratitude. Here is a sampling (not a complete list by any means!)

I am grateful to (say) Judy Endow for waking me up, and making me see the many, many assumptions I have about social skills and the “hidden curriculum“.

I am grateful to (say) Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg for many things, but this month, for her sense of humor

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Image source: http://www.disabilityandrepresentation.com/2013/04/10/they-need-your-help/

I am grateful to Landon Bryce and all the work that he does for autism advocacy at  ThAutCast.  For we neurotypical folk, it isn’t always easy to read, but I am still grateful.

I am grateful to Brian R. King for his words of wisdom on relationships, and his shattering honesty, like this post http://brianraymondking.com/2013/04/we-all-fall-apart-sometimes/

I am grateful to Kassiane S. for sharing her joy and fierceness, all over the internet but especially at Radical Neurodivergence

I am grateful to Steve Summers for sharing with me what “eye gaze demand” feels like for him: https://www.facebook.com/notes/steve-summers/eye-contact-and-autism/589026277774684

That is my short list.  What about you?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM in autism | Permalink

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