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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

Thursday, November 22, 2007


One of My Favourite Blogs

Kay Olson's The Gimp Parade. Check out this poster "Good access is good business." Click on the picture to enlarge.


Also check out The Perorations of Lady Bracknell:
"We exist in every culture; every race; every class; every creed; every nationality; every political party. We have arrived here as a result of accident, injury, illness or simple genetic glitch. We are adults and we are children; we are men and we are women; we are straight, we are gay, and we are bisexual. We are too frail to leave the house and we are strong enough to yomp across continents. We are desperately ill and we are at the peak of physical fitness. We die young and we live to a ripe old age. We are accepted in our communities and we are locked away in institutions. We have been this way since birth, and we have been this way since yesterday. We are the premature baby and the great-grandparent. We are the criminal underclass and the pillar of society. We are the warmonger and the pacifist. We are the teacher and the student.

We are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most diverse minority group on the planet. We are everywhere you look, and yet you do not see us. We are one in seven."


Blogger bcf said...

First time here. Anyway, I like positive thoughts about people with autism.

I like to remind people that we meet that my two sons are still human. In that regard, the ratio is 1 in 1.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Maddy said...

Indeed and Happy Thanksgiving. If you enjoy that, you might just also enjoy the 'ouch' podcast [BBC] of course, although I'm not sure it will translate very well. [and it's free] It certainly helps me 'think differently.'

1:44 PM  
Anonymous -Brian- said...

It seems like they are referring to the word "disability" as being limited to visible disabilities only, and not to the many issues that persons with invisible disabilites have to endure, day-to-day that are not the subject of any bylaws, laws, or statutes of any kind.

For example, if a person with an invisible disability is sent into disarray by bright lights in a store, how is that person able to present his or her case that those lights do not need to be that bright, at all, for that person? If a business person was approached by such a disabled person, how could he be made to comply, in any way, with the needs of that person?

Therefore, it is great that persons with physical and visible disabilities are being addressed by these ads, blogs, and other forms of public announcements, but for those with invisible disabilities, there seems, so far, to be utter ignorance on their rights or needs, by community, business, or government leaders of any kind.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Kay Olson said...

Thanks for the link!

I second the recommendation of the Ouch! podcast. I'm not sure if or how many people with autism have been part of the program, but the representation is diverse and politically savvy. Most of all, it's humorous and performed and produced by disabled folks for disabled folks.

Link to podcast:

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Elissa said...

Maybe one day the world will see!

I like to think, the more we share, the more people become aware...

5:27 AM  

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