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#StopTheShock

I wrote the following in January of 2015. Even then, the battle was far from new. Autistic people and those who love them have been fighting to end this desperately inhumane form of torture for YEARS. Please, please get involved. At the end of the post, you will find quick, concrete ways to make your … Continue reading

my reading list

I don’t have a lot of time to read. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of time to do much of anything other than the things I actually have to do (and I don’t really even have enough time for those). But reading is a particularly tough thing to pull off. Case in … Continue reading

just like me

just like me

The questions took me back to that feeling, that desperate, lonely, feeling of being a broken version of everyone else around me. I remember how it felt to never have a character in a book, movie, t.v. show, or a song on the radio reflect who I was. I remember the feeling of looking around … Continue reading

giving

giving

On December 31st, my inbox fills with last-minute pleas from every Tom, Dick and Harry looking for money before the end of the year. It’s understandable, given that there are obvious financial benefits to maxing out one’s tax-credit allowance within the calendar year, but, let’s be honest, it’s gotten to the point where requests are … Continue reading

neli

neli

Image is a photo of Neli Latson before his arrest – credit Washington Post He had committed no crime before he encountered the deputy that fateful day. He was waiting for the library to open, sitting alone on the grass. An autistic teenager in a hoodie sitting alone on the grass .. waiting for the library to … Continue reading

the color blue

the color blue

{image is a hand painted mosaic rainbow lightbulb and the beautiful, multicolored light which it casts. Click on the image to order one from MoodLights on Etsy, with whom I have no affiliation whatsoever} As many of you know, after years of trying desperately to change the way in which Autism Speaks approaches autism advocacy, I … Continue reading

success

success

{Image is a photo of my beautiful friend, Barb, co-author of one of my favorite books and generally one of my all-time favorite people. She is, by anyone’s definition, a success. She is non-speaking.} Oh, friends. There’s something I have to say. I hope you’ll indulge me. Actually, please do indulge me. It’s important. Yesterday, I … Continue reading

selling fear

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. – I have been asked numerous times over the last twenty-four hours to write a response to yesterday’s … Continue reading

dear abby cadabby

dear abby cadabby

Dear Abby Cadabby, Hi, kiddo. You might remember that we met this past summer. This was you hugging my eleven year-old daughter, Brooke, who is autistic … {image is a photo of Brooke hugging Abby Cadabby at Sesame Place, Summer, 2013} She was sooooo excited to meet you at Sesame Place this summer, along with Elmo … Continue reading