|Autism Acceptance Challenge 7: Read More Blogs. Win your own Squawkers McCaw.|
Who are your favorite autistic bloggers? Do you have a favorite post, old or new, that celebrates autism acceptance or calls out anti-autistic rhetoric or actions? Leave a link in the comments and let me know why you chose it. This challenge is about autistic bloggers only. If you would like to recommend a non-autistic blog for its posts on autism acceptance and support of autistics, please do that in the comments on Challenge 4: TrueAllies.
Okay, I'll go first.
These are two of my favorites:
Julia at Just Stimming doesn't post much these days (we have this in common), but when she does the writing is so achingly good and true and original. Two excerpts:
"And it’s a big problem, because the way they talk…..they think the problem was that they treated their child like they were intellectually disabled, and they weren't. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that they thought their child was intellectually disabled, and so they didn't treat them like a person."
"Echolalia is metalanguage.
Echolalia is an unexpected treasure hunt. You can be watching a bootleg musical you never thought would be any good, but turns out to be beautiful, and suddenly they’re going up the scale singing hot hot hot hot, and you’re back with Kimba, and he’s saying hot hot hot hot–only he’s got this elaborate metaphor about fire and anger going on right now, and here it means I think you’re mad at me, so I’m mad at you, don’t touch me.
And then you’re back at your laptop, wondering when he started watching musicals and rethinking half the things you thought you knew."
Kassiane writes at Radical Neurodivergence Speaking. She says the things other people won’t say in the ways other people won’t say them. She speaks the truth, she is neurodivergent with flaming arrows. She gets death threats and other terrible stuff for her efforts. Everyone who reads this needs to go thank her right now for her commitment to speaking the harshest truths while some of us get to keep our politeness privilege and be seen as the good, or at least less awful autistics.
Some must-read posts from Radical Neurodivergence Speaking:
There are so many other bloggers I could mention, but it’s your turn now. If you are not familiar with many autistic bloggers, check the blogroll in the sidebar here for more suggestions. Go to their blogs and see who’s in their blogrolls. Read stuff. And then get back here and tell me about it.