I am H: This is Autism

H is proud to share this image. I love his PRIDE!
Rail against the stigma!!

H-thisisautism2 Last Monday, Autism Speaks told the world that autism is:

 . . . living in despair  . . . fear of the future  . . . exhausted, broken parents  . . . lost, helpless, burdensome children  . . . a national emergency . . .  along with other equally stigmatizing and ableist messages.

We do NOT concur!

A Quiet Week in the House FB Cover to shareWhen H saw the new cover image that I am proudly wearing on my fb page to support this project, he let out an awesome yell…

He explained to me that he was yelling ‘Sparta Style’:

“This is AUTISM!!”

It boomed across the house!

“This is AUTISM!!”

I love his pride!!


Rail against the stigma!!

This post is part of the This is Autism Flash Blog, (November 18, 2013) and is open to autistic individuals as well as parents, family members and allies of autistic people. Please consider participating and telling the world what autism is in the words and works of autistic people and those who love and support them. You can read more about participation and submission guidelines on the site (linked above) and you are encouraged to signal boost and support and follow this project on FB and Twitter @ThisisAutism.

Related Posts:
Nurturing Neurodiversity: I cannot stop the Sea
Fear, Hate, and Exclusion: It’s time to silence Autism Speaks!
H’s Advocacy and The Teachers’ Response


30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

©Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism (2013)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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5 Responses to I am H: This is Autism

  1. colinb897 says:

    Can feel the powerful reverberations of the H-stance taken, even across the distance of an ocean.

    On another side of disagreement about how to approach and understand the autistic, there may be too little comprehension of just how this H-yell exemplifies and demonstrates and flags a distinctive approach to and understanding of the autistic, the developmental success of which is reaching critical mass and so as to yield outcomes which are organically self-sustaining and self-enriching.
    Where the autistic speaks and yells for itself and about itself, setting up and sustaining self-advocacy chain reaction. Great days a coming

    I love reliance on early Greek metaphors. Sound foundations for deep thinking.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rosereads says:

    Reblogged this on RoseReads and commented:
    Powerful Words about one of the subjects that I am most passionate about.

    Please take the time to read blog attached to the link below.

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. Ladyofroyalhorses says:

    You must be so proud of your son. Good job H!

    Liked by 1 person

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