compete every day

lazypinecone  asked:

I must ask, does your NIles!Kana eat Felicia/Hinoka/Setsuna's cooking often?

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I had a lot of deep thoughts today at work about the new pictures and I’m here to ruin all your feelings about them with my garbage headcanon.

washingtonpost.com
This nonspeaking teenager wrote an incredibly profound letter explaining autism
For the first 14 and a half years of Gordy’s life, Evan and Dara Baylinson had no reason to think their son could comprehend anything they said: He had never spoken, and he couldn’t really emote. They worried aloud about his future, not filtering what they said, because they didn’t think he understood. But Gordy was absorbing everything.
By https://www.facebook.com/colby.itkowitz

This makes me mad because it’s obvious nobody presumed this young man’s competence until he was able to make his competence known.

How many other autistic people who can’t express their competence have to live every day hearing people talk about them like they’re not there?

Damn it, parents! DAMN IT! 

Don’t wait for them to type to you or show some “flicker of understanding” that makes sense to you. Assume the kid understands everything and just can’t tell you because a means of “speaking allistic” (aka communicating in a way allistics understand) that works for them isn’t available yet. That’s a hell of a lot better than assuming they’re a vegetable that doesn’t know you from the wall.

I got news for you: THEY KNOW.

I’m happy this article uses Gordy’s words, but the language used to talk about him makes me feel like they’re excited about a carnival attraction instead of caring about what he has to say. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but the fact that this young man is competent should NOT be so shocking. I’m glad his voice is being heard and I’m upset at how long it took for his competence to be recognized.

And if you don’t believe me, visit the blogs of @lysikan and @withasmoothroundstone and school yourself on how (sarcasm) “unaware” and “empty” (/sarcasm) nonverbal autistic people are.