Monday, October 31, 2016

I Am Autistic, and I Am Valid

Christy Walk has posted "I Am Autistic, and I Am Valid" on ChristyAutisticWalk.
Content warning for discussion of abuse and murder of autistic people.

This is my first Autistics Speaking Day essay. I wanted to do an essay last year, but my computer didn’t work and it had viruses on it, so I couldn’t use it. I also tried using my Nintendo 3DS but unfortunately, that didn’t work either, but I am thankful my computer is back up and running again, in time for Autistics Speaking Day.

Today is Autistics Speaking Day. I am glad that I’m participating in this day, after weeks of having no computer, which is now fixed. Autistics Speaking Day is important to me because as autistic people, we are awesome. We are the coolest people that you’ll ever meet. We are tender-hearted people who are valid and have feelings. We don’t lack empathy, and we have a sense of humor.

My Personality Is Not A Sub-Type Presentation

C.L. Bridge writes "My Personality Is Not A Sub-Type Presentation" at Autism Women's Network.

"When I was first identified as autistic around 2001, very little had been written about autistic girls. There was a page or two in Tony Attwood’s book Asperger’s Syndrome, but there were very few books and articles that focused specifically on how girls experience autism.  Today, that is changing. I wish I could be happier that more professionals are realizing autism isn’t a “male” condition.

Unfortunately, there is very little “autistic girl” literature written by professionals that I can read without cringing. All too often, these books and articles combine sexism with ableism.

 For one thing, many of these authors seem to think there is only one “typical” way to be a girl. Any not-so-girly interests or preferences an autistic girl has are attributed solely to autism. One widely-read example of this is the description of autistic girls and women on Tony Attwood’s website. Dr. Attwood makes sweeping generalizations about girls in general, and autistic girls in particular. He mentions that autistic girls may prefer “gender-neutral toys such as Lego”, but fails to mention that many non-autistic girls love Legos too, and that a girl’s love of Legos may have less to do with gender than it has to do with the fun of building. Is the fact that some girls like Legos better than dolls really so remarkable that it can be used as a diagnostic trait? Attwood seems to think so. He also scrutinizes autistic girls’ clothing choices. I know many non-autistic girls who prefer “comfortable clothes with lots of pockets” rather than “fancy, frilly clothing”. According to Attwood, however, not liking frills is just another sign of an autistic girl’s inability to understand social norms. He very clinically refers to tomboyish girls as having “an aversion to the concept of femininity”. Would he refer to a non-autistic tomboy in such pathologizing terms, or would he respect her interests and clothing preferences as valid choices? In addition, his black-and-white ideas about gender expression don’t even acknowledge girls who like Legos and dolls, or cargo pockets and frilly dresses."

Read the rest here!

A Simple Desire (And other blogs)

Sara Kerkstra has posted "A Simple Desire" on Sara Kerkstra: An Insider's Guide to Autism!


Duke writes "Rumbles."

In the darkness
In my sadness
Where the buffaloes roam
Where the wheels turn round

Tell me, how does it feel to be the eye of the storm?
How does it feel to be the only one?

Participation List 2015

Participation List for 2015


Liese Autistics Speaking Day (2014) (content warning: bullying, social pressures, self-taught "quiet hands")

Louise Representation (2014)
Magenta The Big Open-Ended Question: On Loving and Accepting My Asperger’s
Briana I am invisible
Ultimate Oddball Thoughts On The Spectrum  (See content warning for video)
Data We Are Valid We Are Humans
Kit Mead Building Hope
AutismDogGirl Coming out, telling friends and family you communicate using AAC
 Malcolm Mayfield Autism has a ‘voice’, and it is getting louder
TuttleTurtle Acknowledging Me
Jane Strauss Is Anybody Listening? Does anybody care?
Ari Ne'eman Our Autistic Future 
Angel the Alien In My Life
khawkgirl Finding my Voice Again for Autistics Speaking Day (Warning for cyber-bullying, anxiety and silencing of communication.)
Leia Solo Experts in our own lives
Merlin L. Taylor, Jr.  Wonderglow Static 
Ben Edwards Living the Autistic Mythos
Leeanne Marshall ‘Nothing about us without us’ except….
EmmaGoodall Autistics speaking
Daniel Obejas Family: A Love Letter to Autistic Space
@pocketapocketa Radical Transparency
FeministAspie IRL
Paul Wady Guerilla Aspies on the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe - Preamble

Julian Frost Autistics' Speaking Day: on my voice and identity
Finn Gardiner Stop presuming incompetence, Autism Parents. (Content Warning: emotional abuse, shame-based training, anti-autistic sentiment and fundamentalist religion) 
Jamie An autistic, speaking: learning I was Autisitic. (content warning for ableism and eating disorders mention)
Kathy McKeown Autism Walking A Red Road
Mx. Vera Didenko Autistics Speaking Day, the Oberammergau Passion Play, and Vera (Content warning for brief mentions of masturbation and antisemitism)
R. Larkin Taylor-Parker Autistics Speaking Day 2015 (TW/CW for mentions of death.)
Sonia Boué Green Canoe 1 & 2

Annette Sugden Why Today Is Important To Me
Nightengale Autistic ear, autistic voice
Sparrow Rose Jones Who Do I Speak For? - Autistics Speaking Day 2015
Alyssa Yes That Too Autistics Speaking Day 2015
Catsidhe Cages and Sanctuaries (Content Warning for discussion of isolation and restraints. )
Cara Flower Honoring the founders of Autistic Community. Whom I feel grateful to & for on Autistics Speaking Day.
Tina Brooks Life as an Autistic Person Confounds Me and it is Awesome!
Zoey G. Autism Dos Speak, But Who Exactly Is Talking?
Nat / @quarridors Podcasting From Autistic Space
Irma Zoulane I have a voice - Autistics Speaking Day 2015
Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone Autistics Speaking Day 2015: Appliances Talk
Autistic Family Collective Q & A Session: November
Autistic Vegan Silenced
Tom (Autistic Genius) (content on the following links have not be viewed for trigger and content warnings)


Dave Farrell Inclusive Education Plan

Dave Jersey  News report action alert: Association for Behavior Analysis International "approves" Judge Rotenberg (electroshock "treatment/torture") Center. (Trigger/Content Warning for discussion on ABA and the Judge Rotenberg Center.)
Dave Jersey Reward and Consent (Trigger/Content Warning for discussion on ABA and the Judge Rotenberg Center.)
Rainbowsaretoobeautiful (Ann H) Our Terribly Truthful Child

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ready for this year's Autistics Speaking Day? I know I'm getting ready!

The new submission form is up and ready to go! 

and I have images ready for this year, though you're always welcome to make and use your own!

Be sure to check out Autistic History Month, whose submissions end Nov 1st! They have Facebook, tumblr, and wordpress accounts!

ASDay runs Nov 1st, but will accept a small amount of submissions afterwards.