non verbal Autistic Bucky is so important to me, giving the finger to anyone who asks him when he;s going to ‘get better’ and talk again

non verbal Bucky frustratingly trying to communicate that he’s uncomfortable, or angry or just anything and not being able to get it across

Clint coming round and noticing this, asks why they haven’t even tried teaching him American sign language? (there’s sort of a collective 'oh’ from the rest, they;d been so focused on 'helping’ him speak, that they’d never considered it)

Clint sometimes teaches him signs but is too busy to fully commit so they get Bucky an outside teacher, someone who’s Deaf themselves at Clint’s request

non verbal Bucky signing about what happened to him, finally being able to share the experiences and confront them

non verbal Bucky screaming and screaming and being asked if he can do that why can;t he talk? 'Its not the same’ he signs, they sigh and shake their heads, he signs angrily about it to Sam, Steve and Nat later

Steve, Sam and Nat all learning American sign language as well so they can communicate with him and Clint better, Nat picks it up quickest since she’s so used to different languages

non verbal Bucky sometimes not being able to sign because he’s too exhausted, his therapist tells him he’s being 'difficult’, Bucky gets rid of him, learning that he’s allowed his own choices and he doesn;t have to stand for being treated badly

non verbal, Autistic Bucky!
Seattle Bans Conversion Therapy for Minors
The Emerald City becomes the 10th jurisdiction to make such a move.

The Republican Party platform states that parents should have the final say on therapy for their children, a plank widely interpreted as endorsing “ex-gay” therapy — but the number of local governments that don’t agree just got larger. The Seattle City Council today approved an ordinance barring licensed health care providers from subjecting anyone under 18 to “ex-gay” therapy, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, designed to turn LGBT people straight or cisgender. Every major U.S. health care organization has termed the practice not only ineffective but harmful.

“Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender is not an illness,” said Councilmember Lorena González, the ordinance’s chief sponsor, when introducing it, reports local newspaperThe Stranger. “Nor is it something that needs a cure.” The council passed the ordinance by a vote of 9-0.

The Seattle ordinance provides for a fine of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for any violation after that, The Stranger reports. There will also be misdemeanor charges for advertising conversion therapy.

Seattle becomes the 10th jurisdiction to enact such a ban, joining California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., and Miami Beach, Fla. Seattle may be one of the nation’s most liberal cities, but support for conversion therapy bans has crossed ideological and partisan lines. The Illinois ban, for instance, was introduced by a Democratic lesbian legislator from Chicago, Kelly Cassidy, but signed into law by a very conservative Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, who has opposed Democratic lawmakers on many other issues.

González praised local LGBT activists for their work in support of the Seattle ordinance, and advocacy groups praised the council’s action. “Today, Seattle has taken a bold step to save children’s lives, and its children have received a clear message that they were born perfect,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights youth policy counsel Carolyn Reyes in a press release.NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign seeks to end conversion therapy nationwide by 2019, and the group has joined the Human Rights Campaign and Southern Poverty Law Center in a consumer fraud lawsuit against a major provider of such therapy. President Obama and high-ranking members of his administration have spoken out against conversion therapy, and members of Congress have proposed that the Federal Trade Commission declare it a form of consumer fraud and therefore illegal. So the Republican platform — although a platform, of course, is a wish list that includes many things that may never come to fruition — definitely appears to be swimming against the tide.

Just a little reminder that Autism Speaks supports the Judge Rotenberg Center

The JRC does horrible, inhumane things to autistic people in the name of “treatment”. Don’t be fooled by their “success” stories. Their “success stories” are people who have been brutalized and tortured into looking neurotypical and they live the rest of their lives in a nightmare.

This is what REALLY goes on inside the JRC
Trigger Warning: This is beyond abuse, THIS IS TORTURE.


Reblog to make this known.
Seattle could ban conversion therapy as early as next Monday
Under a proposed bill, medical professionals offering conversion therapy could be fined up to $1,000

Seattle is looking to become the second city in the United States to ban conversion therapy.

The City Council’s civil rights committee unanimously passed a proposed ordinance, which would ban conversion therapy for minors inside the city boundaries. So far, it has been banned in the states of California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey and the District of Columbia; the only other city to explicitly ban conversion therapy is Cincinnati, Ohio.

Seattle Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, who sponsored the ordinance, called the practice a ‘disservice’ to LGBTI youth.

‘It’s absolutely offensive to me,’ she told KIRO-TV. ‘Instead of providing these children, who are going through perhaps a moment of confusion […] instead of providing them the support that they need, there are people out there who believe it’s appropriate to convince these children that their same-sex orientation is somehow a disease, or an illness, or something that can be cured.’

The full City Council has to adopt the ordinance before it can come into effect; the decision is scheduled for Monday, 1 August.

Autism: Why ABA and stim suppression are bad

*** This video may be triggering for autistic people who have PTSD due to ABA therapy. * * * I’m really sorry that I don’t have captions on this. I have basically zero ability to type to dictation no matter how slow a person goes. I always put in what I wrote if I read something for a video, but most times I do it without written aid. A summary if the video’s contents is below.

I talk about why ABA is abuse and I simulate the experience of a child who gets told “quiet hands” by suppressing my own stims during a time where I really need to be stimming to self-regulate. I tell exactly what I’m feeling as I suppress and you can visibly see the reaction escalate as I work harder and harder to not stim. The reactions in this video are 100% real. Now imagine a child going through it. IT IS TORTURE AND IT IS ABUSE TO PUT A CHILD THROUGH THAT.

Btw I do not have any eating disorders or cancer, I am just very skinny. I’ve always been underweight and it’s just a manifestation of my PDD-NOS. (Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified).
Hawaii to ban 'cruel' gay conversion therapy
Hawaii has become the latest state to bring forward plans to ban gay conversion therapy.

Lawmakers on the islands have introduced a bill that supporters say will protect LGBT teens from serious harm. The legislation contains a number of proposals – including making it illegal for teachers or counsellors to try and change someone’s sexual orientation and bans advertising that promotes the same.

Della Au Belatti, a Democratic member of the House, who introduced the bill, said: “These children, these teenagers are quite vulnerable. This is an issue because we don’t want them to be subject to further pressure and stigmatisation during their formative years in school.” She added that the bill aligned with widespread medical opinion that conversion therapy was harmful to teens.

Opponents have said parents should have the right to decide if they want to seek treatment for their children.

Republican representative, Bob McDermott, said: What if I want to steer my kids to the rich life of being a hetrosexual, and as a parent, I don’t have the right.”

Hawaii is the fifth state to bring in legislation behind California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, which ban it for minors. In the UK, meanwhile, the Prime Minister told PinkNews he plans to address “profoundly wrong” gay cure therapies during an interview before last year’s general election. Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, Maria Miller, has also spoken out in favour of ending the practice.

Torture Therapy - Rabastan & James

Location: Just Outside London
Quidditch Game - Irish vs. New Zealand
Date: July 20, 1979

He needed a break.  A break from everything.  He needed to get out of his own head and out of his own memories.  Between the attacks and his own wounds and… well every other Gods be damned thing in the world, he needed a little time just doing something that didn’t involve the war in any way, shape or form.

And for James Potter, outside of spending time with his Lily and his mates, the next best thing was Quidditch.

He sighed in contentment as he made his way into the stands.  Lily was busy with a new potion that she couldn’t leave and his mates were busy, but he didn’t mind too much.  Watching Quidditch was something he could enjoy just as contentedly on his own as with someone else. 

Stretching out comfortably on his seat, he pulled out a pack of fags from his cloak.  It was a packed game, but then these things usually were.  Lifting a fag to his lips, he lit it with an absent spell and grinned as he watched the teams begin to circle the pitch. 

Yes.  This is what he needed.  A little Quidditch therapy.  Maybe he really should think about trying out for the Irish once all this shite was done.  He knew he was good enough, though if he was going to do it seriously then he’d need to get some more serious practice in before the try-out.  Wouldn’t do to be rusty.  He wondered if he could get a few of his mates together for a game actually… playing was even better than watching after all…

He grinned and watched as the bludgers shot into the air, excitement dancing in his veins.  Oh yeah.  He needed this.
Vermont Bans Use of 'Ex-Gay' Therapy on Minors
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law today.

Vermont today joined the states barring licensed therapists from subjecting minors to so-called conversion therapy, designed to turn LGBT people straight or cisgender.

“It’s absurd to think that being gay or transgender is something to be cured of,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said in a press release announcing he had signed Senate Bill 132 into law. “Our country has come a long way in a short period of time in recognizing the civil rights of members of the LGBT community, and I am so proud that Vermont has taken a leadership role at every step of the way. At a time when the rights of LGBT individuals are under attack in other parts of the country, Vermont will continue to stand up to hatred and bigotry and show the rest of the country what tolerance, understanding, and common humanity look like.”

The Vermont Senate passed the bill in March and the House in April. The state joins California,New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and the city of Cincinnati in banning the use of such therapy on minors.

Man recounts his grim experience undergoing conversion therapy
“The word uncomfortable doesn’t even describe it.”

An activist, forced to endure years of conversion therapy, is speaking once again about his experience. Raised in a “conservatively Jewish home” in the suburbs of New York, 27-year-old Mathew Shurka was   urged to undergo conversion therapy after his father learned of his same-sex attraction.

“My father was afraid I would live a horrible life as a gay man in society,” he says.

Shurka spent the next five years participating in both face-to-face and phone counseling, during which he was told there was “no such thing” as being gay and that homosexuality was a “psychological condition” that stemmed from unaddressed childhood trauma.

“It made it sound like a disease,” he says. “It was made to feel like a disease too, that I was suffering from.”

Part of the “cure” included being “banned” from talking to his mother or sisters.

“This was so I didn’t pick up any feminine behavior from girls,” he says. “It was extremely difficult to come home from school and not talk to them. The word uncomfortable doesn’t even describe it.”

Shurka says his mother disagreed with the therapy for the get-go.

“My mother didn’t agree with the therapy at all. She felt like she was losing me,” he recalls. “I’d walk out the door in the morning and not say bye to her. But I was 16 and vulnerable, so listened to the advice of my therapists for a while.”

The bogus therapy continued for five years. It wasn’t until he was 21 that Shurka finally refused to keep participating in it.

“I was 21 and although the therapy taught that there was no such thing as love between two people of the same sex, I had fallen in love with another boy,” he says. “When I said this, I was told I was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. I had been doing everything they said, and yet my attraction for men never lessened. So I left conversion therapy and went through two years of recovery and standard therapy.”

Today, Shurka serves as an ambassador to the #BornPerfect campaign with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The campaign is working to end conversion therapy in the United States by 2019. As for his father, Shurka says they have been able to work though their differences.

“I let go of any resentment I had towards him in that conversation,” he says. “I know my father truly loves me, and was only seeking what he thought was best for me. I’ve got my father back in my life, and now I get to share it with him.”