Mariatu Kamara was a young girl living in one of the poorest countries of the world when war broke out. Although she lost her hands to the violence in Sierra Leone, the cultural lessons she learned early in life helped give her the resilience to carry on with life when many people would have given … Continue reading To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”
I wrote this as a sample essay for my students, and I liked it so much I decided to share it. The formatting isn't perfect, but you'll get the drift. As the building block of our bodies, DNA has been thought to be permanent and unalterable. Recent studies have revealed this not to be the … Continue reading Indian Horse: Inter-generational Trauma and Resilience
I wrote this review as a sample for my students. I liked it so much, I decided to share it with all of you. The question of who should be telling certain stories is being discussed throughout the creative world. One might understand how people who've always had unencumbered freedom to pursue telling any story … Continue reading Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature
Watching the movie "Milk" the other night, I was struck by a scene where Harvey Milk told the man who eventually murdered him that the things he fought for were not political "issues" he used to draw attention from the public. The things he fought for were personal, but also reflective of the needs of … Continue reading Autism: It’s My Identity, Not My Issue
I wrote this at the request of my students but then had someone reject it for the intended purpose. The reason they gave the students was, "...in our culture, we don't believe in stealing from the dead..." (Private) I think you will find that the person obviously missed the point. My grandfather was a man … Continue reading Taboos
My life has been busy the last couple of months; what with moving, starting a new job, and working hard not to get overwhelmed by it all. For a person firmly "on the spectrum", this many life changes should send me spinning. It isn't as if I don't have moments of mind-bending spirals that leave … Continue reading Lowered Expectations
The hardest part about convincing myself I'm allowed to write this story has been weighing what I want to say against the overwhelmingly negative representation of autism in the media.
Source: I Abused Children For A Living
There’s so much to say about this. When she cited the woman saying she looked at her child’s diagnosis as the baseline of progress, I understood the degree to which the woman’s opinion of her children has been damaged by deficit based diagnosis. If I believed my diagnosis the way it was written, there’s a good chance I might have killed myself.
This was written in response to this article which was written in response to my first article:
You can read my first article here:
*CW: ABA/Autistic Conversion Therapy, abuse, torture (including graphic images and video of), mention of “awareness,” “recovery,” Autism Speaks, filicide, and links to all of this and other material that many people may find triggering. Please proceed with caution…
*CN: This is a very long read so settle in for a while (or save for later)…
Dear Condescending ‘Autism Mom,’
I’m assuming that’s what you call yourself since your views seem to be right in line with those who prefer that title. I also think it’s fair to make assumptions since you’ve made plenty about me.
Still, I wanted to sincerely thank you for writing your article, “True ABA Therapy Is Not Abuse: A Response.” You see, despite the fact that my article contained language…
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