Category Archives: ableism

Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children:   by Lei Wiley-Mydske Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives.  Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because … Continue reading

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Love more loudly…

Wednesday morning after the US election my sister, Michelle, shared: “What I will tell my children this morning…?  It’s not enough to be kind and believe in the good. We must love more loudly. We must make inclusion thunder. We … Continue reading

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Proud to be Myself: An Autistic Person on Garry’s Mod

I got home late from work today, lugging my books and bags and laptop and some likely-less-that-healthy Chinese food for H and me to have for an easy dinner, as Craig had a gig. H greeted me at the door … Continue reading

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Disability Day of Mourning: The Loss of Innocence

A few weeks back I asked H if he would like to attend the ASAN Vancouver Disability Day of Mourning Vigil with me on March 1st, at the Woodlands Memorial Gardens in New Westminster, BC. He asked what the vigil … Continue reading

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“Stop…” A Poem: Disability Day of Mourning 2016

                Today I share this poem, originally published in June 2013, to witness and remember the lives of Disabled people killed by their parents and caregivers…  Stop..   Stop   These words of … Continue reading

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Why can’t we all get along?!?

I am 100% in agreement that the stigma and ableism perpetuated by groups and organizations like The Mighty are harmful to the Disability Community, because they are misrepresenting ableism as advocacy. There is much action afoot to have The Mighty … Continue reading

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Meltdowns and the Lens of Ableism

Meltdowns – from the other side… Many, many months back Colin Bowman and I began a conversation in the comments section of one of my posts (Yours, Mine and Ours: Autism, Self-Advocacy and Setting Limits). This interaction has been resonating … Continue reading

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Kermit the Frog on Neurodiversity and Being Green

Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here. Today I won’t tell you a little bit about Neurodiversity, and different kinds of brains, and Autistic people. Autistic people want to be a part of the conversation. They want to be included! But … Continue reading

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What the Vulture Calls Unity: #BoycottAutismSpeaks

This last week marked the release of Steve Silberman’s much awaited book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, as well as the publication of his Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, titled Autism Speaks needs … Continue reading

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H: ‘Not an Impostor’

H and I recently co presented as a part of the training for the summer staff of our local Community Living/Inclusion organization.  This was a really fabulous experience for a number of reasons. The openness of the staff to considering the … Continue reading

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