Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I've Earned My Anger: Policing and Dismissing Autistic Emotions

(nominatissima has written this fabulous post and has graciously allowed us to link to it here.  This is an example format for a linked post.  If a participant prefers, we will link to the original post instead of reposting the complete entry.  We also include a summary of potential triggering materials that the post contains.  nominatissima's post is an excellent response to the numerous reactions Autistic people receive when we respond or get upset over things that non-Autistics have done.   It is Trigger-Free.)

 I've Earned My Anger: Policing and Dismissing Autistic Emotions:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Autism Simulation (2010 contribution)

(Summer 0 has graciously allowed us to post her entry for ASDay 2010, so that we can show you an example of a contribution and how we are setting up posts.  We ask that every participant submitting an contribution post tell us whether we have permission to repost it here, with links to the original post.  If we do have permission, we'll post it with the appropriate label tags.  If something is considered to contain Triggering material, we will do a short summary of the post, with the Triggering topics, put the entry under a "Read More" cut, as well as a link to the original post.

This entry is trigger-free.

Summer originally posted this on her Facebook. Only changes that have been made are some minor editing of paragraphs for easier readability.) 

As some of you may know, two events have been scheduled worldwide for today, November 1--Communication Shutdown and Autistics Speaking Day. The former is a movement from certain charities encouraging people to stay off of Twitter, Facebook, and other networking sites in order to experience the lack of communication many autistic people experience. The latter is a counter-movement to demonstrate that autistic people do have a voice by sharing their experiences while NTs (neurotypicals, or non-autistic people) remain silent. Both events are trying to get neurotypicals to understand what autism is like. In some ways, they both do, but really they barely scratch the surface.

Now, I understand that the only way to really know what autism is like is to be autistic. I also understand that not everyone with autism is alike and may not experience things the way I do. However, if you NTs really want to simulate autism so that you can have real empathy, I have some suggestions to try perhaps for next year.

--Spend the day daydreaming. Really, don't turn your brain off. Keep it engaged somehow. Perhaps read or listen to music (preferably instrumental), and try to picture a scenario with it. Whatever you choose, do whatever you can to keep your imagination going.
--Interact with your environment. Amanda Baggs says in her video "In My Language" that some of the things she does that are perceived by others as socially unacceptable, she does to communicate and interact with the world around her. Find some way to do that. Do something you haven't done since you were a child that gave you so much wonder that you had to do it again and again. Spin around and around in a desk chair and stop to get over the dizzyness. Speak into a fan. Run your hands under water. Flap your hands in front of your eyes and watch as fingers appear and disappear. Capture that wonder again.

--Find a stim. Do some kind of repetative behavior over and over and see how it feels. Twiddle your thumbs. Tap your fingers. If you have jewelry on, like a necklace, keep fiddling it. Here's one of my favorites--get a gum wrapper with aluminum foil and peel off the foil. Whatever it is, don't do it just a couple of times; try to do it most of the day.

--Delve into your favorite topic. If you like a TV show, go to Wikipedia and IMBD and find out all the information you can on the actors and the crew. If you like sports, learn all the stats of every player on your favorite team (that shouldn't be too hard for some of you). Or you can just pick another subject and google it, clinking on every link you see. Take notes if you want and see how much you can remember by the end of the day.

--Try to notice the details. Look for patterns in wallpaper or the bathroom tile. Get up close if you have to. Listen for sounds you don't normally hear, like the hum of the lights above your head, and ask yourelf if it's calming or irritating.

Even this barely scratches the surface. This doesn't get into social interaction or resistance to change. There are some things that go on with me that I don't want to talk about. But at least this gives you some ideas of things to try while you're not on Facebook and/or listening to autistics speaking. This could help you empathize more. I know some of these might not be pratical to do in public or when you're at work. If you want to wait until you're alone at home, that's your decision, but remember we have to face this 24/7, public, private, whatever.

Oh, and one more challenge--if you decide to do these things next November 1, on November 2, write down why you still think autism should be cured.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Participants for 2011!

Hi all!!  It's August when I'm posting this.  Kathryn and I are excitedly getting ready for our second ASDay!

We want to get things started earlier than last year, and we wanted a place where we could put everything together in one location.  So we made here.  Please let us know if there is anything we need to change here to make it more accessible to everyone.

Also, if you're planning to participate this year, let us know!!  Either message me on Twitter (@CorinaBecker), on our Facebook event page, or leave a comment here!

When people's blog posts start going up, we'll be turning this into a large list like we did for last year.  So let us know if and when you have a blog post, or whether you'll be on Facebook or Twitter, or even somewhere else online!


edit: we also have a Twitter account now, and an email address.  Email us at AutisticsSpeakingDay [at] gmail.com

Participants for 2011

Autistic Participants:
Bridget Allen at It's Bridget's Word
Curly Autie at The ASDay blog

Thoughty Autie at Thoughty Autie
Bard at Prism*Song
Julia Bascom at Just Stimming
Corina Becker at No Stereotypes Here
Tony Belcastro at First Gay Aspie
Lori Berkowitz at LoriB
Kathryn Bjornstad at Katy Doesn't Live In Smithton
Sarah Black at Accepting and Embracing Autism
Jay Blue at Life on the Spectrum
Rudy Brachman at Rudy Speaks
Bruce at Born 2 Be Me
Landon Bryce at ThAutcast 
Laura Eleanor Butler at the ASDay blog
Danni Brennan at Danillion
Lydia Brown at Autistic Hoya
Bob Castleman at Bob's Bizarre Brain Bazaar 
Catsidhe at Catsidhe
Alexander Cheezem at A View From the Boundaries 
Charli Devnet at the ASDay blog
Emily at Fear the Mighty Spork 
Matt Friedman at Dude, I'm An Aspie
Julian Edward Frost at African Jungle and Autism Jungle
Fryfan20 at Fryfan20 and Clear Space
Maria Gaskin at Strings and Things
Gimp Girl IRC Channel
Kate Gladstone at Handwriting That Works
The Rainbow Goddess at Purple Aspie
StrangerinGodzone at A Stranger in Godzone
Timotheus "Pharaoh" Gordon at Pharaoh's World
Ian at Youtube
Jessica at ASL Aspergirl
Leah Jane at  Nominatissima
Kassiane at Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
Stephen Kelley at Youtube
Sean Patrick Kelly at Sean Patrick Kelly's Little Corner of the Web
Sabine Kiefner at Asperger's Syndrome in Women
Britt Kravets at A Bird in the Hand
Melody Latimer at AS Parenting
Autist Liam at the ASDay Blog
Alicia Lile at Moonlit Lily
Louise at The Cat's Aunt

Lydia at Autistic Speaks Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone at Cracked Mirror in Shallot
Jenn McGrath at the ASDay Blog
Karin Mossberg at Beware the Aspie
Lindsey Nebeker at Naked Brain Ink
Ari Ne'eman at The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and NeuroTribes
Nicole Nicholson at Raven's Wing Poetry and Woman With Aspergers
Ember Nickle at Lipogram! Scorecard! 
Penni at Watch Me As I Fall Apart
Peripheral Perspective at ASDay Blog 
Rayn at Acid Rayn
Zoey Roberts at Spectrum Times
Jodie Ray Rosenblum at Autistics Speaking Day
Jason Ross at Drive Mom Crazy
Sarah at Good Reads 
John Charles Saunders at Accepting Differences
Amy Sequenzia at the ASDay Blog
Nadine Sibler at the ASDay Blog
Alianne Sonderling at Authenticity in Communication
R. Larkin Taylor-Parker at Traveling Show
Tielserrath at Lyssa and Me
Twitchy Woman at Weird Law
Matt Walters at the ASDay Blog 
Richard Wigglesworth at Tudor Acid
Alexis Yael at alexis-yael
Melanie Yergeau at aspie rhetor
Unknown at More than Disorganized

Non-Autistic Ally Participants:
A Day in Our Shoes at A Day in Our Shoes
Devon Alley at From Inside the Puzzle
DIStherapy at DIStherapy
CJ Diachenko at The Musical Autist
Liz Ditz at The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism and I Speak of Dreams
Stuart Duncan at Autism From A Father's Point of View
The Accidental Expert at Raising Complicated Kids
Kelly Green at Autism HWY 
hsvihl at Adventures of My Life 
Virginia Hughes at SFARI
Annie Kay at Autism Custody Battles on Twitter
Jim Martin at Gingerhead Dad
Chris McGee at I Saw A Pigeon
MJ at Autism Jabberwocky 
Jennifer Myers at Into the Woods
Martine O'Callaghan at Autism Mum
Shannon Des Rosches Rosa at Squidalicious
Sarah Schneider at Kitaiska Sandwich
Shark-fu at Angry Black Bitch
Sharon at Mama's Turn
Sortedmegablock at Sortedmegablocks
SpectrummyMummy at SpectrummyMummy
Stimey at Stimeyland 
Kim Wombles at Countering
Students from English 416 at the University of Michican


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last year's ASDay participants

I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of the participants of last year's ASDay.  Here is the list I made then.

1.  Action for Autism’s Mike Stanton explains why Communication Shutdown is offensive, and what it is like when autistic people shut down in real life.  http://actionforautism.co.uk/2010/11/01/today-is-autistics-speaking-day/

2.  Alexander Cheezem writes an awesome open letter to Buzz Aldrin.  http://aspieperspective.blogspot.com/2010/11/open-letter-to-buzz-aldrin.html

3.  Allecto on dispelling myths about autism.  http://allecto.tumblr.com/post/1456668266/autisticsspeaking

4.  Alysia Krasnow Butler on her own son’s autism diagnosis and her friend’s son’s recent unexpected diagnosis.  A beautiful post. http://trydefyinggravity.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/voices-carry/

5.  Amanda Forest Vivian on problems with the kinds of things non-autistics are trying to “fix” in autistic people.  This is really awesome and you should read it if you’re not familiar with the concepts of “ableism” and why it’s not necessary or even beneficial to “pass” for non-autistic. http://adeepercountry.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-post.html

6.  Ari Ne’eman from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network on Communication Shutdown and Autistics Speaking Day.  http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=122

7.  AS Parenting has an awesome article on autism (including nonverbal autism) and advocacy.  http://www.asparenting.com/2010/11/01/asd-autistics-speaking-day/ 

8.  ASD Mommy-I don’t know this blogger’s name, but it is a good post. http://asdmommy.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/i-will-not-be-silent/

9.  A.S.S.G.O. (AS Support Group Online)’s post for Autistics Speaking Day.  http://www.assupportgrouponline.org/apps/blog/show/5212238-supporting-autistics-speaking-day

11.  Brigy Staples on the double standards people use with autistic people. http://speakingon.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/autistics-speaking-day/

12.  Britt Kravets on social interaction and acceptance for the whole spectrum.  http://blackbird3398.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/autistics-speaking/

13.  Clay on Autistics Speaking Day; also contains Ari Ne’eman’s post.  http://cometscorner-clay.blogspot.com/2010/11/ari-neeman-on-autistics-speaking-day.html

14.  Codeman busting myths about autism.  http://aut.zone38.net/2010/11/01/speaking-up-for-autism/

15.  The Coffee Klatch on their Twitter event, which you should totally check out if you have Twitter.  http://thecoffeeklatchblog.blogspot.com/ 

16.  Corabelle Li Crol on the power of the Internet and autistic people. http://aspiegirlworld.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-post.html

17.  Corina Becker’s guest blog on things she knows as an autistic person, and her post on her own blog for Autistics Speaking Day.  http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2010/10/31/corina-becker-communication-shutdown-for-autism-awareness-no-thanks/  http://nostereotypeshere.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistic-speaking-out-loud.html

18.  Craig Thompson posted a video about autism and communication. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wEO2oJ-qKc

19.  Cripchick (Stacy Milbern) on the dangers of donating to non-profit autism organizations that are all about profit and do nothing for autistic people.  http://blog.cripchick.com/archives/8612

21.  Darcy Reed is an autistic writer who writes beautiful poetry.  http://spectrumhouseart.com/5Darcy1.html

22.  Ed Ised had posted some things that I don’t quite agree with but his voice deserves to be heard as much as anyone’s. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%253A%252F%252Fdiversityrules.typepad.com%252Fmy_weblog%252F2010%252F11%252Fowning-ideas-and-selling-autism-awareness.html&h=2ff90&ref=nf

23.  Elaine Caul on awareness.  http://one-autistic-in-ireland.blogspot.com/2010/11/but-you-look-normal.html 

26.  Estee Klar on the dangers of trying to normalize autistic people with medication. http://www.esteeklar.com/2010/11/01/what-are-the-lies-we-believe/

27.  Gavin Bollard on why a day of silence doesn’t work.  http://life-with-aspergers.blogspot.com/2010/11/day-of-silence.html

28.  Gaynell on the harm that society has allowed to be done to autistic people, particularly on physical abuse and restraint.  This is an important issue in the community right now.   http://wildflowersforjade.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-autism-mom.html

30.  Heather Sedlock on her autistic son’s life.  http://heatherbabes.autisable.com/734878474/thom-part-2/

31.  Ian on his experiences with autism.  http://youhaventmetyourselfyet.blogspot.com/
32.  Jennefer explains what she would like people to know about her three-year-old autistic son, referred to here as HRH.  http://www.thekingandeye.com/2010/11/communications-shutdown-day-for-autism.html

33.  Jill with some general info on autism and ASDay. http://bookish-nerd.livejournal.com/13273.html

34.  John Elder Robinson posts his support here.  http://www.facebook.com/JohnElderRobison

35.  John Scot Thorburn on how autistic voices should be heard. http://colorvalues.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day.html

37.  Julia Charlotte’s Anatomy of an Autistic.  http://www.facebook.com/notes/julia-charlotte/anatomy-of-an-autistic/464893465232

38.  Julian Edward Frost posts on his own experience with autism. http://autismjungle.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/autistics-spoke-and-you-listened/

39.  Karen Baum writes her first blog post on Autistics Speaking Day, for which I am honored.  http://theautisticstepmom.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day.html

40.  Karin has written several posts for today, which can be viewed here:  http://bewaretheaspie.blogspot.com/

41.  Kassiane on what she can tell you and explain about living with autism, and being on your autistic kid’s side.  http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/2010/11/inaugural-post-autistics-speak-day.html and http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/2010/11/im-on-your-kid.html
42.  Kathleen on autistic people and communication. http://autismherd.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistic-people-communicate.html

43.  Kathryn Bjornstad writes about Autistics Speaking Day and shares a list of participants. http://autistickat.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-is-today.html

44.  Kerry Cohen on her autistic son, who she has written a memoir about.  http://www.kerry-cohen.com/musings.html

45.  Kevin Healey shares the voices of autistic people. http://www.kevinhealey.net/?p=1056

46.  Kim Wombles on supporting autistic people instead of shutting down.  http://kwomblescountering.blogspot.com/2010/10/supporting-autistics-whoever-they-are.html

47.  Leah Jane on how the Internet made it possible for her autism club to pull off a successful event.  http://quixoticautistic.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day.html and on the aftermath of ASDay http://quixoticautistic.blogspot.com/2010/11/aftermath.html

48.  Lindsay on listening to disabled people. http://autistscorner.blogspot.com/2010/11/stop-look-and-listen-its-autistics.html

49.  Luna Lightning on her own experiences with autism and life in general. http://spin-infinity.blogspot.com/2010/11/introduction.html

50.  Maddy Keene on her experience with autism/Asperger’s.  http://mmkeene.deviantart.com/journal/35987525/ 

51.  Matt Friedman explains how social media has helped him and why autistics must speak for themselves. http://dudeimanaspie.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-path-to.html

52.  Maya Brown-Zimmerman on battles with the early intervention system.  http://marfmom.com/archives/2656

53.  Melissa Fields on not feeling welcome in the non-autistic world. http://iamautistic---thisismylife.blogspot.com/2010/10/autistic-i-am.html

54.  Nicole Nicholson shares an awesome poem with us for Autistics Speaking Day.  She is also sharing other poems, so check them out. http://ravenswingpoetry.com/2010/11/01/wwp-poem-26-back-door-blues/#more-2517

55.  Ole Ferme L'Oeil on the wide range of people in the autism spectrum; also includes some awesome links to other important blog posts that you should check out. http://humainsvolants.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-jour-de-parole.html

56.  Pamela Harvey on the use of silence.  http://thestampedenvelope.blogspot.com/2010/11/using-silence.html

57.  Paula C. Durbin-Westby shares her e-mail to Buzz Aldrin about Communication Shutdown and Autistics Speaking Day. http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/facebook-message-to-buzz-aldrin.html 

58.  Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg on empathy and communication. http://www.journeyswithautism.com/2010/11/01/speaking-my-mind-and-heart/

59.  Sandy challenges the idea that verbal communication is the best form of communication. http://www.aspieteacher.com/2010/11/press-pound-for-more-options/

61.  Savannah posts poems about her experiences with autism. http://crackedmirrorinshalott.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/poem-articulate/

62.  Scottish Mum on why Communication Shutdown is not for her.  http://scottishmum.com/?p=85

63.  Shanti writes about her life, selective mutism, and her obsessions.  http://latedx.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/celebrating-autism/

64.  Shelly Valladolid on autistic special interests and their validity.  I don’t know a better way to put it; it’s a short but good post. http://stillfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/11/fab-speaks.html

65. Socrates from the New Republic on Autistics Speaking Day.  http://the-newrepublic.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day.html

66.  Stuart Duncan on breakdowns in communication.  http://www.stuartduncan.name/autism-communication/communication-breaking-it-down/

67.  Sunday Stillwell writes an informative post on Autistics Speaking Day. http://www.extremeparenthood.com/2010/11/autism-shoutout-loud-and-proud.html

and here http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2010/11/autistics-spoke-and-you-listened/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LeftBrain%2FrightBrain+%28Left+Brain%2FRight+Brain%29 
69.  TMBMT on the pain of growing up undiagnosed. http://tmbmt.livejournal.com/26305.html

70.  Tony Belcastro writes about what autism is like for him and how it has affected his life. http://elsmystery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=3&Itemid=43

71.  Toxicology Doc on communication.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idszVltvc3Y

72.  Unstrange Mind on what you would have to do to really understand how her autism affects her.  Hint: it’s not turning off your computer. http://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/will-turning-off-your-computer-for-one-day-teach-you-what-its-like-to-be-autistic/

73.  The Untoward Lady on autism and love.  http://vibratingsquare.blogspot.com/2010/11/reclaiming-love.html

75.  Zachary Lassiter on why many autistic people won’t be participating in Communication Shutdown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HwgbMTmR3I

76. I missed Nick Walker's post before, but here it is now. http://nickykaa.com/2010/11/an-autistic-speaking/

77.  Also missed Jo's blog post here about the difficulties she has encountered raising a son with Asperger's.  http://mumtoj.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/an-explanation/

78.  Wendy on alt med, food allergies, and other things.  http://raisingbutterfly.blogspot.com/

79.  Spectrummy Mummy on her experiences with Autistics Speaking Day.  http://spectrummymummy.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/an-ongoing-dialogue/ 

80.  Elesia Ashkenazy's ASDay post. http://aspitude.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day-2010.html

The Media:

There are some other lists here.


Frequently Asked Questions about Autistics Speaking Day

Q.  What do we do on ASDay?
A.  The plan is that on November 1st social networking sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, as well as YouTube and  blogging sites will see a huge increase in the posts of autistic people.  We will post links to as many of these as we can to share the works of the autistic people.  Our hope is that this will help promote autism awareness and autism acceptance.  If you are a blogger or own a website, you can write a post on or around November 1st for Autistics Speaking Day and we will share the posts through this blog, Twitter, and Facebook.  Everyone is free to participate in ASDay however they want.  Some will just read through the posts, some will help to distribute the posts, and some will actively write them.

Q.  Why was ASDay created, and by who?
A.  This post by Corina Becker is what sparked the creation of Autistics Speaking Day.  It was promoted by Kathryn Bjornstad on Facebook as well.  Corina and Kathryn are both autistic adults.

Q.  Where does ASDay happen?
A.  ASDay happens wherever you are.  It's a global event that will take place mostly online, although last year there was at least one physical event related to ASDay.

Q.  I'm busy on November 1st or I live in a different time zone than the creators of ASDay.  Can I still participate?
A.  You absolutely can.  Last year people were posting blog posts and comments several days before November 1st and the event continued on for even longer.  It doesn't matter whether you live in the same time zone as most of the participants, and you can join in the fun on October 31st or November 2nd, as many did last year.  Last year we had participants from all over the world and time zone was not an issue.

Q.  I want something I wrote to be promoted on Autistics Speaking Day.  Who should I talk to?
A.  If you plan to or have written a piece for ASDay, send it to Kathryn Bjornstad at kmbjornstad@gmail.com or through a private message on Facebook.  She will make sure it is included in the list.

Q.  What are the rules for participants?
A.  Participants are invited to write whatever they wish.  We ask that people posting on this blog or on our Facebook pages avoid harsh language and fighting and try to be accepting of differing views.

Q.  What are the rules for posting comments on the ASDay blogs and/or Facebook pages?
A.  Language that is threatening or bullying will not be tolerated.  Posts discriminating against people based on ability status, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion will not be tolerated.  But please understand that tempers may flare and fights may happen, and unless it falls into one of these categories we will be unable to moderate.  If you feel that you have seen an example of bullying, please let us know.

Q.  I am a supporter of (neurodiversity/vaccination/nonvaccination/a cure for autism/a specific autism-related organization or figure/ect).  Can I still participate in ASDay?
A.  ASDay is not only for people of certain political views.  Everyone is welcome.

Q.  Is ASDay only for autistic people, or can non-autistic people participate as well?
A.  Anyone can participate in ASDay, regardless of their ability status.  We especially want to encourage autistic people to speak out but non-autistic parents, relatives, and friends of autistic people and professionals are welcome as well.  We plan to list the posts under two separate categories, one list for autistic people and another for our non-autistic allies.

Q.  I know ASDay was created to protest Communication Shutdown.  I am participating in Communication Shutdown.  Is it still okay for me to participate in ASDay?
A.  Of course.  Some people participated in both Communication Shutdown and ASDay in 2010 without a problem.  Many people who participated in both events were active the day before and/or after ASDay.

Q.  Why are you protesting Communication Shutdown?  They're just trying to help!
A.  We don't deny that the participants in Communication Shutdown meant well, but autistic people protested over various different things--their motives, their methods, what they saw as the silencing of autistic people, the comparison between autistic people and people who don't have Facebook accounts, the lack of knowledge of Facebook's usefulness to autistic people, the lack of focus on the voices of autistic people, and even the organizations Communication Shutdown was partnered with.  But now ASDay is about more than protesting Communication Shutdown.  It is about autistic people raising their voices and non-autistic people listening, and many feel that the event has been helpful to them in some way.

If you have a question that we haven't answered yet, please e-mail Kathryn at kmbjornstad @gmail.com and we will try to add it to the list.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Autistics Speaking Day 2011

This is my first post on the Autistics Speaking Day blog.  It will be short but more detailed posts will be added later.  The purpose of this blog is to help disseminate blog posts related to Autistics Speaking Day, to promote discussion, and to keep people updated on what Autistics Speakign Day is doing. 

If you have an account, please join us on Facebook.  The permanent fan page for Autistics Speaking Day is here, and the event page for Autistics Speaking Day 2011 is here.

Kathryn Bjornstad