anonymous asked:

If Autism disappeared from the face of the Earth in the next generation, would that be a loss or a gain?

If redwood trees disappeared from the face of the Earth and were no more, would that be a loss or a gain?

There are lots of other kinds of trees. There are up over 130 other species of trees in the cypress family alone. But if the three trees in Sequoioideae subfamily disappeared off the face of the Earth it would be a supreme loss, regardless of how many other species of trees still remain. It is diversity and variety, the comparing and contrasting of different specimens, that emphasises the beauty of a population. Every kind of tree has a purpose in the biosphere and within its own home ecosystem. It is the same way for humanity.

Yes, autistic people are not trees. We are not a different species from non-autistic people. But our differences are a part of the great and dazzling variety of humankind, and our neurotype, the autistic neurotype, makes up some of the most beautiful patches in the quilt of human neurodiversity.

Being autistic is to be disabled. We have impairments. We have comorbid conditions. We have differences in the way our brains process information. There are hard things about being autistic in a non-autistic world. But just because our lives are more difficult, or our challenges are different than the challenges of non-autistics, that doesn’t mean that our lives aren’t worth living.

And while there have been many gifted autistic people that furthered the arts and sciences, there have been many more that didn’t, and that’s okay. Most non-autistic people will never compose a symphony, paint a masterpiece, solve an as-of-yet unsolved math program, or advance our understanding of the universe either.

A person’s worth doesn’t come from what they can do. A person’s worth is inherent and immutable, springing from the simple fact that they are a person, disabled or not.

And every person— autistic, allistic, disabled and non-disabled, neurodivergent and neurotypical— is an important part of the human family. Disability has always been, and will hopefully always be, a part of being human.

If Autism disappeared off the face of the planet, if the next generation was born without any new autistic minds, then yes. That would be a deep and profound loss. For humanity as a family, for the diversity of our species, and for each of us as individuals.

How absurd is this, folks? The city of Toronto has ordered that a wheelchair ramp be removed from the entrance of the restaurant Signs - an inclusive restaurant which specializes in hiring those who are deaf or hard of hearing  and uses sign language throughout its services

This whole “grandfather” law of accessibility throughout varies cities in North America, including Toronto is absolutely ludicrous - it is in direct violation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and goes against the government of Ontario’s promise to make Ontario accessible by 2025

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+= Hey Folx =+

I created a new ‘zine called, “WHAT IS DYSPHORIA?”

As a persxn who deals w dysphoria, I felt there needed to be another voice - an intersectional voice - added to the discussion. I always read about the topic of dysphoria as if it stands alone and isn’t influenced by other identities. So I thought I’d add my super intersectional experience to the discussion.

*Meow* ;) ;)

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A “Foxy” outfit for spoonies all over ;D

Put together by theecrohniegrace on wanelo

1. http://wanelo.com/p/17722769/river-island-womens-hooty-friends-heatable-fox-doll

2. http://wanelo.com/p/14829771/erin-burnt-pumpkin-orange-infinity-crochet-scarf-cowl-loop-circle-accessory

3. http://wanelo.com/p/2445330/fantastic-fox-hat

4. http://wanelo.com/p/16363776/photo-fox-tee

5. http://wanelo.com/p/17680250/baby-fox-vintage-leggings

I am hereby forcing myself to take today and tomorrow off.

My heart is with the people protesting all around the globe. I’ll be back to thinking about this stuff on Monday. But right now, I really need a rest.

Tuesday was an intense day for me. I came out to my doctor as trans (I was absolutely *terrified*). Then I marched for five hours in the snow. By the end of the march it hurt to talk.

I understand that some people can’t take a break from this stuff, that for some people this stuff is all the time, every day. Solidarity. My heart is with you and I hope that you will take care of yourselves in whatever way you can.

But I need to be sustainable. And, honestly, I think that we all need to cultivate sustainability. We all need to take care of our health to the best of our ability. We all need to take time for ourselves.

I’m writing this in part because it is really hard for me to turn my brain off once I start thinking about something that matters to me. Like, to the extent that if I’m focused on something, it’s really hard to think about anything else. I stayed in the office till 10 pm last night because I was too keyed up to go home and rest. And it’s a little hard right now to relate to people when they start talking about non-Ferguson things.

But I would like to be able to relate to my friends. I would like to be able to strike a good work-life balance. I would like the revolution to be sustainable. We are not going to be fireworks that flare up and go out.

I guess when I started this blog I wanted a place to talk about the intersection between disability and activism (in my life and in general). And of course I also wanted a place to gush about how much I love Les Mis. So, I’d really love to hear from folks — what do you do to take care of yourselves in stressful times? How do you deal with that feeling of I SHOULD BE DOING MORE? I’ve seen a few posts from people feeling guilty that their health is keeping them from participating in protests, and I just, oh man, can I ever relate. But, seriously, you guys, take care of yourselves! So much love to you! <3

Thankful yes, still grieving

This year I’m thankful for many good friends and family helping through a heath issue. Their support has made all the difference in my life.

So I’m grateful yet also so aware of those who are grieving, angry, hungry, sick and in need of medical care, outraged and those working to make the world a better place for everyone.

There is no pie, no side dish that can overshadow the needs out there and today I’m thankful for that too.

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Hey everyone! If you’ve been on this ride with me for a while you know that I have always been super busy and active—going to as many conventions as I can, making 15 costumes a year, taking every opportunity I can get, just trying to live my life to the fullest.

And now I’m working for Marvel Universe Live—travelling to a new city every week for the next 2 years and seeing so many things and learning as much as I can along the way.

It’s been fun, exhilarating, exhausting. And painful. As you might already know, I am permanently disabled and have been for a long time. I use canes and a manual wheelchair to get around, but because I have severe pain and debilitating damage all over my body, using these mobility aids hurts me and makes it difficult to do my job.

What I need to keep going is a mobility scooter. Something that keeps me mobile without causing me physical stress or exertion. It has to be small and compact so that I can easily take it with me on the tour. I found one that is perfect and I am saving up for it, but it will be a long time before I can afford it on my own. And every day that I force myself to struggle through the pain, I wear myself down even more. The sooner I can stop hurting myself, the better.

After giving it a lot of thought, and speaking to friends about it, I have started a GoFundMe to help me obtain a mobility aid that best suits my needs. It’s very hard to ask for help, but I can’t let my disability define what I can and cannot do. I want to reach my goals and see just how much of a difference I can make in the world before I leave it.

If I’m able to get my mobility scooter, I will be donating my current wheelchair to Wheels of Mercy, a wonderful charity that gives wheelchairs to people in need. I will be happy to pay it forward if I am able to do so.

If you’d like to help, visit http://www.gofundme.com/mobilityforjustice to donate or share. You can also donate via paypal to me at JayJusticeCosplay@gmail.com . Thank you <3

Today is the Trans Day of Remembrance, and I’m thinking of all the trans disabled people who we have lost due to the actions of violent people. May our trans disabled siblings never be forgotten, and those that brought harm to them be held accountable for their actions. May we hold each other to higher standards and expectations of respect to create a safer world for all.

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Disability Sensitivity Training Video-

A hilarious video helping out able-bodied folk to end the awkward when interacting with people with disabilities :P

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Disabled protagonists in seven non-contemporary fantasy YA novels:

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Winterkill by Kate Boorman
Drowned by Nichola Reilly
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Of these novels, we’ve only reviewed Gathering Blue and The Elementals at Disability in Kidlit. We can’t vouch for the other portrayals as of yet, but are working on getting several of these titles reviewed.

If you’ve read any of these, how did you think the disability aspect was handled?

Also check out these disabled protagonists in modern-day fantasy YA novels.

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