For those of you who have been following this blog or have been around the Interwebs, you probably know by now about Autistics Speaking Day (for those who don’t know, check out the link and my last post about this.)
I received a comment about this which I thought was especially thoughtful and articulate from an autistic gentleman who counsels adults on the spectrum. I especially loved the last half of his post and thought, “This is why we speak out. This is why we are self-advocates. This is why we do what we do.”
Please read the comment from Jim below:
“I wholelly agree. I have autism as a diagnosis (since my 6th). I’m also a councellor specialized in coaching of adults with autism and a normal to high intelligence.
In my communication with clients, the main issues they speak of are:
* sexuality and the wish to have intimate relations.
* communication, and the difficulties in verbal face 2 face communication with non autists.
* giving meaning to their lives.
* wanting to be treated as equal, worthy citizens.
Some clients prefer speaking back to back, some prefer internet chat or e-mail, some prefer text…… very few prefer face to face contact or telephone voice contact.
modern communication media have increased the communicative capacities of persons with autism. Unfortuneately, the internet has also become a gathering place of non autists who choose to give meaning to their lives by emphasizing how pitifull we are, and advocating a cure for us.
Don’t fix us, we aren’t broken.
Don’t pity us, we aren’t pitifull.
Don’t change us, accept us as we are.
And watch what we do.
Try to connect with us.
And follow our lead.
Because we will innovate.
Because we have to innovate.
Because we don’t understand the standard.
So we’ll make our own.”
And maybe one of us will be foolish enough.
To show the rest of you the way to the stars…….”
Also, please check out these other amazing posts and pages about Autistics Speaking Day:
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg: Speak Up On November 1!
Indigo Jo: Communication Shutdown for Autism a Bad Idea
Astrid Van Woerkom: Speak Up On Shutdown
K. Bjornstad: Autistics Speaking Day
The Facebook Autistics Speaking Day Page, created by Ms. Bjornstad
A Life Less Ordinary: No, I’m Not Going Silent for Autism
Aspie Girl World: Speak Up On November 1!
The Coffee Klatch Blog: Shut Down for Autism or Speak Out and Speak Loudly on The Coffee Klatch
Kitaiska Sandwich: Autistics Speaking Day: November 1
I Speak of Dreams: Why I Won’t Be Shutting Down on November 1
And if you find any other awesome or thought-provoking posts about it, PLEASE don’t hesitate to share them in the comments.