Tag Archives: Epidemic

Stop… and Rail Against Stigma!

“Stop,” a poem about the damage of negative stigma for Autistic people and those who love and support them, was originally published here, and was written in memory of Alex Spourdalakis… and far too many others… I am ready for … Continue reading

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My Money $peaks: A Post Script to ‘Silencing Autism Speaks’

My Money $peaks is a call to action follow-up to  Fear, Hate, and Exclusion: It’s time to silence Autism Speaks! There is a growing movement to inform and pressure the corporate sponsors of Autism Speaks to withdraw their support from this … Continue reading

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Fear, Hate, and Exclusion: It’s time to silence Autism Speaks!

I will begin with the words of my son, H, when he was 13: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good … Continue reading

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Stop

Stop   These words of tragedy Emblazoned on notepads and billboards This epidemic of dehumanization This narrowed definition of being Twisted finer and thinner So that it lacks any sensitivity So that the words themselves are A garrote Cutting into … Continue reading

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To the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Autism and Reframing Tragedy

Dear Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, I will begin with the words of my son, H: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that … Continue reading

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Autism Positivity… and the motivation to reframe “tragedy”

I will begin with the words of my son, H: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good thing. Isn’t it?!?” I … Continue reading

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