Rail Against Stigma: This is not a Radical Act!

Sometimes people think I am kinda’ a radical for speaking against negative stigma and organizations like Autism Speaks that perpetuate the stance that Autistic people are a burden and a tragedy.

However, I don’t believe that speaking up for human rights and social justice is a radical act… far from that… it is simply the right thing to do.

Yesterday there was news of the third murder of an Autistic person at the hands of their parent/caregiver in the past month.

We have to rail against stigma…

Taking a stand against the rhetoric that is used to justify murder is far from a radical act…

It is collective responsibility…

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Let me say that again:

We have to rail against stigma…

Taking a stand against the rhetoric that is used to justify murder is far from a radical act…

It is collective responsibility…

 
Related Posts:
http://raisingrebelsouls.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-boycottautismspeaks-movement-is_31.html?spref=fb
https://30daysofautism.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/fear-hate-and-exclusion-its-time-to-silence-autism-speaks/
http://emmashopebook.com/2014/01/14/autism-and-human-rights/
http://amazingadventuresautism.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/autistic-people-have-same-rights-as.html
http://www.squidalicious.com/2013/09/on-autism-murder-apologists.html

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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 (2014)

About Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity paradigm. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
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8 Responses to Rail Against Stigma: This is not a Radical Act!

  1. Erin says:

    This is so true, Leah! Thank you for writing this.

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  2. colinb897 says:

    And the thing then is, that being autistically is the best positioning for seeing and railing against stigma.
    Keep on keeping on Leah,

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  3. byamtich says:

    Thanks for sharing. I hope this year is different.

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