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Amy Sequenzia on Acceptance, Love, Self-Care: #AutismPositivity2015

By Amy Sequenzia

AutismPositivity2015

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Withdrawn: not isolated, but knowing when to retreat for self-preservation and self-care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

Original Post: http://ollibean.com/2015/05/15/ollibean-acceptance-love-self-care-autismpositivity2015/

 

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Young Autistics Making Me Happy – Expressions of PosAutivity: #AutismPositivity2014

By Amy Sequenzia

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy!

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They’ve already seen pain
Despite their young age
They know the words that hurt
They’ve been called names
Young Autistics, seeking acceptance

There are some even younger
Not yet harmed by dismissive words
They don’t know how hurtful it can be
To live in a world that refuses to acknowledge diversity
Young Autistics, flapping their happiness day to day

And from the happy flappiness we get our cue
The world does not change
If we don’t take control of the conversation

The little ones lead the way
Experiencing their unique view of the world
They talk, gesture, point, smile
Communication does not have to be uniform
It is up to us to embrace who they really are

The Autistics who are just a little older
Look at their elders for guidance and support
We let them know they do have value
They are learning about their rights
Facing stigma with courage and resolve

Young Autistics making me happy
Being who they are, showing the world
That they define what is normal
How they learn
What they like

Being their own amazing Autistic selves

Young Autistics make me happy
When they fight to prove their worth
Even though they already are worthy
Just for being part of the humankind

They learn how to communicate
In a way neurotypicals can understand
They show us the brilliant minds
Shield by bigotry, assumptions and lack of imagination
Young Autistics as mentors for change

From the very young
To the ones in their early teens
Young Autistics make me happy
And their families make me smile too

Positive approaches honoring Autistics
Positive self-image, fostering acceptance
Positive attitude, self-advocacy
Positive views for a successful future

PosAutivity

Young Autistics making me happy
When they show Autistic pride
Shrugging away old assumptions
Showing the reality of Autistic lives

PosAutivity

No more self-loathing
No more silencing
Ready for the fight
Taking back their rights

Being Autistic happy
Living Autistic lives
Positive views, positive future
Positive
Autistic

PosAutive

Copyright 2014 by Amy Sequenzia

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy! – See more at: http://ollibean.com/2014/04/30/young-autistics-autismpositivity2014/#sthash.8HZVvC1V.dpuf

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy!

They’ve already seen pain
Despite their young age
They know the words that hurt
They’ve been called names
Young Autistics, seeking acceptance

There are some even younger
Not yet harmed by dismissive words
They don’t know how hurtful it can be
To live in a world that refuses to acknowledge diversity
Young Autistics, flapping their happiness day to day

And from the happy flappiness we get our cue
The world does not change
If we don’t take control of the conversation

The little ones lead the way
Experiencing their unique view of the world
They talk, gesture, point, smile
Communication does not have to be uniform
It is up to us to embrace who they really are

The Autistics who are just a little older
Look at their elders for guidance and support
We let them know they do have value
They are learning about their rights
Facing stigma with courage and resolve

Young Autistics making me happy
Being who they are, showing the world
That they define what is normal
How they learn
What they like

Being their own amazing Autistic selves

Young Autistics make me happy
When they fight to prove their worth
Even though they already are worthy
Just for being part of the humankind

They learn how to communicate
In a way neurotypicals can understand
They show us the brilliant minds
Shield by bigotry, assumptions and lack of imagination
Young Autistics as mentors for change

From the very young
To the ones in their early teens
Young Autistics make me happy
And their families make me smile too

Positive approaches honoring Autistics
Positive self-image, fostering acceptance
Positive attitude, self-advocacy
Positive views for a successful future

PosAutivity

Young Autistics making me happy
When they show Autistic pride
Shrugging away old assumptions
Showing the reality of Autistic lives

PosAutivity

No more self-loathing
No more silencing
Ready for the fight
Taking back their rights

Being Autistic happy
Living Autistic lives
Positive views, positive future
Positive
Autistic

PosAutive

Copyright 2014 by Amy Sequenzia

– See more at: http://ollibean.com/2014/04/30/young-autistics-autismpositivity2014/#sthash.8HZVvC1V.dpuf

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy!

They’ve already seen pain
Despite their young age
They know the words that hurt
They’ve been called names
Young Autistics, seeking acceptance

There are some even younger
Not yet harmed by dismissive words
They don’t know how hurtful it can be
To live in a world that refuses to acknowledge diversity
Young Autistics, flapping their happiness day to day

And from the happy flappiness we get our cue
The world does not change
If we don’t take control of the conversation

The little ones lead the way
Experiencing their unique view of the world
They talk, gesture, point, smile
Communication does not have to be uniform
It is up to us to embrace who they really are

The Autistics who are just a little older
Look at their elders for guidance and support
We let them know they do have value
They are learning about their rights
Facing stigma with courage and resolve

Young Autistics making me happy
Being who they are, showing the world
That they define what is normal
How they learn
What they like

Being their own amazing Autistic selves

Young Autistics make me happy
When they fight to prove their worth
Even though they already are worthy
Just for being part of the humankind

They learn how to communicate
In a way neurotypicals can understand
They show us the brilliant minds
Shield by bigotry, assumptions and lack of imagination
Young Autistics as mentors for change

From the very young
To the ones in their early teens
Young Autistics make me happy
And their families make me smile too

Positive approaches honoring Autistics
Positive self-image, fostering acceptance
Positive attitude, self-advocacy
Positive views for a successful future

PosAutivity

Young Autistics making me happy
When they show Autistic pride
Shrugging away old assumptions
Showing the reality of Autistic lives

PosAutivity

No more self-loathing
No more silencing
Ready for the fight
Taking back their rights

Being Autistic happy
Living Autistic lives
Positive views, positive future
Positive
Autistic

PosAutive

Copyright 2014 by Amy Sequenzia

– See more at: http://ollibean.com/2014/04/30/young-autistics-autismpositivity2014/#sthash.8HZVvC1V.dpuf

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy! – See more at: http://ollibean.com/2014/04/30/young-autistics-autismpositivity2014/#sthash.8HZVvC1V.dpuf

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Original post at: http://ollibean.com/2014/04/30/young-autistics-autismpositivity2014/

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Henry Frost: I celebrate 1000 Ausome Things #AutismPositivity2013

This post was originally published by Henry Frost (of I Stand With Henry) on Olliebean, at http://ollibean.com/2013/04/30/celebrate-1000-ausome-autismpositivity2013/, and is reprinted here with permission from the author.

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People are ausome.

Every kind of ausome.

just look.

you will see.

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