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The Power IS Ours!

I was reminded of this in a very BIG way in the months and weeks leading up to OUR 2016 AutismHWY Chalk Festival in downtown Covina.
Our 6th annual event that has grown from a small core group of 25 to a beloved annual gathering for hundreds of people, an entity all it’s own. As if it were a teen-ager that now has a seperate life, independent from the core group that nurtured it through infancy and toddlerhood!

 

I realized that it was okay to allow new people to add their touches and ways of expansion as some of our core group members trickled away. The fear of change was washed away as NEW members rushed right in bubbling with fresh new ideas. Like a tide breaking again and again ashore. Always the same yet never the same. A recurring flow of energy, frequency and vibration that cannot be stopped by anything. THAT is what the AutismHWY Chalk Festival has always wanted to be when it grew up. A constant high energy and vibrational force for Autistic people and those supporting and amplifying their efforts.
I think with strong foundations planted we have grown and flown into an amazing and forthright teenager heading toward 2017!

 

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Ricardo Madera really tapped into this unbelievable energetic vibe of 2016! It seemed to me that many people did. Autistic people have power. They have power to help their families innerstand them. When we quiet life down and listen to the power that comes from within our Autistic loved ones… we hear it, honor it and allow it to guide us. Do not let others strip you of your POWER. Do not let people convince you there is no power. Make space for Autistic people to display their power and they will. Do not tell them HOW their power needs to assimilate while being displayed. Allow them to regulate and harness their energy Autistically for powerful results.

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins 'Autistic Pride Design'!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins ‘Autistic Pride Design’!

Jacque Keith Dubois knows ‘what time it IS’. A man with disabilities and intersectionality knows the word is: “Be Yourself” in 2016. We are all tired of trying to be somebody else’s idea of power. When we understand the nature of who we are and what works best for us in life…we understand that we all look differently doing that. We need never hold ourselves up to others to compare and contrast powers.

Nikola Tesla innerstood power in unimaginable ways. I was hoping his powerful image would appear at this year’s event. I had even formulated a plan with our great friend Mickey Chap a favorite chalker and talent. She was all set to ‘blow us away’ with a Nikola Tesla image! Our April 9th masterplan was then rained-out and Mickey was not able to appear for us on the new CF rain-out date of April 16th. Talk about feeling powerless. That was just the beginning!!…

On Friday night April 15th at 10 pm AutismHWY was packing up Art~Signs~Goodies and more when an outright unnatural occurrence naturally occurred! BOOM. A transformer pole came down to the pavement in my small little cul-de-sac neighborhood. LIGHTS OUT….NO Power….live wires literally on the ground ?!tesla chalk

Shortly afterwards the Covina Fire Dept. informed us we were indeed powerless and immobile. We were to stay where we were until further notice and no time frame given and winds still very high. I was powerless to pack supplies and powerless to travel the 3 blocks to the Chalk Festival downtown! Can you even imagine that!?
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So as the night wore on and the ‘eerie moon-eye’ scowling at me out my back door made me wonder what the morning would hold? I thought about power and control.
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The power and control we are all gripped by in life. People, place, circumstance, neurology, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual styles etc. etc. etc. So many levels and differentials!
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People exert such ridiculous power and control over others when we don’t even understand our own powers. It is time we honor our power and allow others to honor theirs. We all need the support of others to be powerful and that is what life is about. Being powerful…encouraging others to be powerful and to give people room to grow, expand and fly with that power…as they can. 
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To wherever it takes them.
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The POWER took me to the Glendora Village to chalk at their hometown ‘SuperHero Edition Chalk Festival’ this weekend just after our big day!! As YOU have been seeing I used MY POWER to create my own Super Hero I longed to see in chalk. Nikola Tesla. My friend and fellow chalker Mickey Chap just happened to be right next-square. Imagine that energetic coincidence! Mickey and I had an OH SO powerFULL chat about Autism that actually made my day.
IMG_2347 It’s fantastical where the power will take you when you tune directly into IT! Follow Tesla’s iconic and visionary advice…

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Follow your OWN power and MOST IMPORTANTLY allow Autistic people to teach YOU with theirs!!

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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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