Tagged with autism

neurology as identity, not accessory

neurology as identity, not accessory

{image is a photo of a man reaching for his suitcase. Text reads, “If I’m on a flight and the airline loses my luggage, I don’t arrive without my autism. – Ari Ne’eman”} – As most of you know, I have chosen, unless and until Brooke directs me otherwise, to follow the Autistic community’s lead … Continue reading

dashers go bridal

dashers go bridal

Back in January, I posted the story of Brooke’s dashers. It went something like this … A while ago, I posted a photo on Diary’s Facebook page of Brooke shredding ribbons in the car. Like this: {image is a photo of Brooke, shredding a rainbow striped grosgrain ribbon} And you asked what we do with the … Continue reading

a love letter

a love letter

{image is a graphic reading, “Hey, you. You’re awesome. Yes, you.”} Yesterday, I posted a plea on Facebook. A friend of a friend’s son (we’re all family around here, so that’s close enough), needed help. Apparently, members of her family have been giving her Autistic son a really hard time. They ask him questions like, … Continue reading

wherever you are

wherever you are

Yesterday, I wrote a post detailing a conversation that I’d had with an autistic man regarding the Autism Acceptance magnet on the back of my car. If you haven’t yet read it, I’d be grateful if you’d take a moment to do so before continuing so that what follows will be in context. Read the … Continue reading

a place to dance

a place to dance

    Tomorrow there will be words. Today there are pictures. Today, my girl is saying everything that needs to be said.    {images are photos of Brooke hanging out in her usual studio before heading up to the big one for the show} {image is a photo of Brooke leaning against the barre watching … Continue reading

the school to prison express

the school to prison express

{Image is a photo of  young child in handcuffs. Read the story it came from here.} The headline of the article read, “Judge Finds Lynchburg Middle Schooler with Autism Guilty on Criminal Charges.” In the body of the article was the following .. Doss told PRI that Kayleb was instructed that day to wait – while … Continue reading

to the autistic people in the crowd

to the autistic people in the crowd

I had made a decision. Before I said anything else, I would say this. Even if it were technically only addressed to 3 out of the 240 people in that room, it mattered. And it mattered that the other 237 hear it. This is what I said. Ed note: I did my best to transcribe the words … Continue reading

what i learned in (very) northern maine

what i learned in (very) northern maine

On Saturday night, I had the honor and delight of sharing the podium with Michele Gauvin at the Aroostook County Autism Support fundraiser. A few notes on Aroostook, or, “The County,” as I’ve learned to call it … It’s in Northern Maine. What you’re now thinking? Further North. Nope, further than that. It’s North of … Continue reading

the experts

the experts

{image is a screenshot of Bill and Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure} Dr William Acton. Ever heard of him? He was quite renowned in his day (his day being the mid-nineteenth century.) In 1836, at the age of 23, Dr. Acton moved to Paris where he studied the functions of the generative and … Continue reading

our blue

our blue

  {photo is an abstract blue image. i find it quite beautiful.} it is april blue-hued, thick-with-fear, overwhelming, tired, angry, out of words, april blue blue-hued blue what is that song? damn it, what is that song? blue-hued into blue a mellow blueness yes i start to hum the words come Where are you going? Where are you … Continue reading