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Writer/Curator/Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project. Contributing Author to Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood, and Concepts of Normality by Wendy Lawson, and soon to be published Gravity Pulls You In. Writing my own book. Lecturer on autism and the media and parenting. Current graduate student Critical Disability Studies and most importantly, mother of Adam -- a new and emerging writer.

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” -- Baruch Spinoza

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

 

Think Differently About Autism

I thought everyone should know that The National Autistic Society has launched a "Think Differently About Autism Campaign," with Emma Noble as its spokesperson. It is refreshing to see a National society run such a campaign.

In Canada, we've had "Redefining Autism" as front page news in The National Post, but nothing to compare to the UK campaign as of yet.

Our next steps? Well, take a look at the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and how they "vibrantly" promote the possibilities and futures of people with Down Syndrome for some ideas. These parent packages that are positive in nature (while not ignoring the challenges) and can be an example of the types of packages, information and programs that our Canadian autism community can endeavour to produce.

8 Comments:

Blogger Patrick said...

Emma Noble makes a much more pallatable story than the recent U.S. fracas of Jenny McCarthy and the woe is me kind of thought.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Navi said...

can't view this link http://www.cdss.ca/site/news/tv_spots/Shaw/shawtv_09_07.mov

most likely its a stream that is calling other mov files in the stream. luckily this one didn't crash my ff (ran across one in a course that did) I'll try it in IE...

6:28 PM  
Blogger Navi said...

and it'd be great if there were American societies like that. it's terribly difficult to find one that is "positive in nature while not ignoring the challenges"

Most I've found focus more on advocacy than treatment options and its so difficult to wade through everything, and the ones that do focus on treatment are negative cure campaigns that scare me...

6:30 PM  
Blogger Navi said...

you can ignore my comment about the link. forgot I need to reinstall quicktime on this computer...

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jannalou said...

My little booklet will soon be ready, but even before it's available people should feel free to print it off and distribute the information (as long as my name is on it, of course).

http://comautworld.blogspot.com/2007/10/what-you-can-do-to-really-help-your.html

12:13 AM  
Anonymous tracey said...

This is what I like to see. I understand the trials are family goes through. We have two beautiful, bright and wonderful boys who have brought joy to our lives. Both with autism. I am proud to ball them my sons and am a better person because of them. I hope this is a movement that finds its way across the Atlantic. Nothing is easy.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Dinah said...

tracey, it is finding its way across the Atlantic...

3:44 PM  
Anonymous mike stanton said...

Thanks for the plug Estee.

The actual launch is on Monday. Visit the website http://www.think-differently.org.uk

There will also be opportunities to participate online vis MySpace
www.myspace.com/nationalautisticsociety

or by joining the ‘Think differently about autism' group on Facebook

5:35 PM  

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