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The New Scarlet Letter?

 

Silke Heyer's hand painted scarf back-dropping empowerment!

Silke Heyer’s hand painted scarf back-dropping empowerment!

 

 

The other day I came across a post where a Mother claims she will never refer to her child as AutisticThat he is more than that stigma and hopefully one day that will change.

People say all kinds of things. Over and over, again and again. Is it a type of thought “brand messaging” or, is it straight brain washing? Whatever you want to call it. It can be damaging to the way a person (a society) is conditioned to think and react.

 

We have all heard the old adage; if you say something long enough it becomes the truth. Even if it never was. Scripts people compose serve purposes, especially when seeking to control and domineer others perceived to be different. This is an insidious way to behave. Even more insidious is that this behavior is seen everywhere when you really look, in small ways and in very big ways. The running script concocted for Autism in particular has been way off of the mark. I for one, am sick of sticking to it.

 

There are scores of Autistic adults with powerful things to say about rewriting that bad script the world has been handed. They work passionately for a more complete understanding of these different Autistic and valid ways of being.  We as a community could use a new script for the so-called ‘mainstream’ world. If we had our way here at AutismHWY.com these would be a few of the new head script writers: Ibby Anderson-Grace, Nick Walker, Kassiane Sibley, Amy Sequenzia ,  Alyssa , Paula C. Durbin Westby, Zach Richter, Michael Scott Monje Jr., Emily Page Ballou , Lydia Brown, Ari Ne’eman, Jane Strauss,  Matt Young , Judy Endow  and many others I will CONTINUE TO LINK here by name.

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Why hope for the ableist status quo to just go away one day and in the mean time continue following their restrictive bad script? If “they” say Autistic is the big “A” word and no one will allow a son or daughter access to the real world with the word Autistic attached to them. Why not improvise? Why not strive to change that? Why should we just accept someone else’s oppressive script or tag concerning the word Autistic? Concerning Autistic people? When schools of thought aren’t that intelligent shouldn’t we deviate? Educate? The people that have decided the word Autistic is the big “A” word are not that informed, truly. “My child cannot have that word associated with them. People won’t see past it. Until things change, I will just whisper it to you that he or she is on the Spectrum.”

Is AUTISM equivalent to a "Scarlet Letter"?

Is AUTISM equivalent to a “Scarlet Letter”?

People are still looking past Einstein’s Autism. How about Isaac Newton’s or Nikola Tesla‘s, how many other’s past, present or future ? The Autistic mind is essential to technology. It always has been. So why are people afraid to be associated with the word Autistic? Why has my son’s condition been made into a dirty word to some people? I truly don’t understand. 1016226_10151498480143461_1259390007_n

 

How does that attitude help, coming from a parent advocate? Someone, who is supposed to be an ally. If we ourselves, whom live with Autism everyday in our amazing children and wonderful friends are afraid to say the BIG BAD ”A” WORD out loud….well then, call me a monkey’s uncle. Will anyone else? Will the people in society allow us to be considered something more than a 1 trick pony Rain Man? Autistic people and allies  need to break down those barriers that were built divisively against us. Familiarize people unfamiliar with Autistic ways and (comfort zone) means. Definitely, don’t continue to demonize the very word Autistic adults use everyday in reference to themselves. Can we please all agree on that and realize we must work together to shift the negative stigma that has been bestowed upon our lives? Can we be the change we want to see…?

 

Not just waiting for somewhere over the SPARKLY RAINBOW!

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”~Dr. Martin Luther King

 

YES, Yes we do!

YES, Yes we do!

 

 

 

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It’s FAN’flippin’TASTIC!!

I couldnt resist! That is how we are  feeling like shouting it from the roof-tops down. “Here we are and we are coming at ya!”A whole NEW generation of Autistic People the likes of~ this world has never seen! ….Well, honestly they have. They just didn’t know what they were looking at!! ie: Albert Einstein,  Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michelangelo etc…etc…lol!

The founders of ANCA Naturally Autistic should be lauded for their tenacity and lifetime vision. The vision of a “Real World” for Autistic people to live in. A world dictated by nature and a more comfortable approach for successes. Not the “Appropriate Behavior” warriors so harsh and unknowing. It is a shift in perceptions. A change in dynamics. Where understanding becomes the approach. Not uncomfortable conformity. It is a balance that demands to be achieved. The balance that Leonora Gregory Collura and Charlie Collura have created at Naturally Autistic ANCA. Now looking to share that balancing act GLOBALLY!

Their rich blend of lives experiences and their Autistic minds create a direct and elegant approach. ‘Understanding the paradigm from the inside out’ is so quintescentially ANCA! Exactly why they trademarked the phrase in the 90′s! “The inside-out”, where it makes the most sense to start. More correct information from an inside source. Now joined with many voices from the spectrum speaking up to pool resources. Sharing the more useful information about Autism and the elaborate nature of it all. The world’s senses will now experience the full flavor. Not just the vanilla that everyone has been spoon fed by non-Autistic minds. The stereotypical picture we have all seen of the sad Autistic child sitting all alone as the other kids bicker and fight, while laughing and playing in the background. Let’s tell the real story! That like life, Autism comes in many more flavors than Vanilla !  Autistic people are NOT stereotypes they are flesh and blood people. Our population is made up of real people~ with real talent ~ that have real challenges ~ and most importantly are really determined to be understood, accepted and aknowledged !!   THAT is the real story….

  The story that will be told on Friday, Saturday and Sunday~ Sept 23rd, 24th, & 25th. In Vancouver , B.C. Canada 2011 @ The 2nd ANNUAL INT’L NATURALLY AUTISTIC PEOPLE AWARDS & CONVENTION 

Read the program here in an 8 PAGE~FLIP-FORMAT~….

http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/34838/106101/pub/index.html

UTTERLY FANTASTIC…like I said !! & such sensory fun  to FLIP ~the Pages!! 

 

The quality and passion driving these artists is undeniable!! Such beauty and strength the future holds for them. A Flip of the Self-Esteem switch has happened and there is no turning it off!!. Just AWESOME!  The value and worth within the community will stimulate the planet…a planet that needs cognition stimulation and economic growth. New minds with differing perspectives are needed as demonstrated  by this years ~Keynote speaker & Workshop leader Academic Lars Perner. We had a fascinating conversation about  just that on our radio show last week. Listen in here…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autistic-people-/2011/09/02/autismhwy-fridays-4pmautistic-theatre-5pm

Amazing vision and growth we believe will occur by harnessing the unique and brilliant talents of so many Autistic minds in conjunction with the rest of the world!! BRAVO to everyone involved with the 2011 2nd Annual Int’l Naturally Autistic People Awards and Convention!

So, JOIN US please in celebration of the POWER of diversity!

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