Last year I made a stupid mistake, I know it is shocking that I could make a mistake. Actually it's just that this is one that I have a. noticed, b. am not hiding and c. I'm writing about it. So the mistake, first the context. Every year I get the kids Advent Calendars. This … Continue reading Christmas Planning Mistake No.1
Ha! I have 500 followers! By pure coincidence we were talking about blogging & Facebook at KSP Writer's Circle this morning. There is a guy there that is an incredible writer; he is writing one of the best books I've ever heard. So he was talking to the real writers there about publishing etcetera and … Continue reading 500 Reasons Why My Eldest is Wrong
Last weeks challenge at KSP Writer's Circle was interesting. We listened to some music; that I later found out was "The Phoenix" from "War of the Worlds", and then had to write a piece inspired by it. Amazingly we all seemed to find the same main themes. My attempt follows. Posy dangled her feet in … Continue reading The Writer’s Club Phoenix
This evening was the girl's school's Summer Music Concert. I have attended the last 3 years and really enjoyed it each time. This time though the choir both my girls were in went first. The older two hadn't felt up to coming and Mum and I were feeling a little off. I was going to … Continue reading Tiny Tasha’s Triumph
Since I have last posted a few things have happened. Natasha had her 13th birthday! Presents were opened with Mum, Dad, Sisters, Grandma and 2 ladies from the Autism Association, Cake was just the family after Hungry Jacks for dinner (Burger King). She didn't get her card from me until dinner because it was … Continue reading The 13th! (Birthday that is)
I have just read this & realised there is no better way of expressing this important message.
What you call us matters. Please choose your words mindfully.
There seems to be a persistent tendency for people to use “person-first” references to autistic people.
That’s unfortunate. I’m sure the intention is to affirm the humanity of the person (separate from the disorder/condition), which I suppose is noble in its own way.
But what it really does is make us autistic folks out to be “suffering” from something that — if only it were eradicated and removed from us — would restore us to wholeness. Make us just like everyone else.
I’ll spare you my rant about that. Let me use another means to illustrate how person-first autism language makes me feel, as someone who considers autism my default mode, and who would be made less-whole, not more, if “it” were removed from my self.
Identity is a tricky business. We all have our perceptions of ourselves, our understandings…
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Hi, just a quick note to let everyone know what I've been doing the last two days. I have been making a background book for a novel. Yes having started to write a mere 6 months ago I think I can write a novel. I was writing a book on autism but it is upsetting … Continue reading A Novel
I love a peaceful Sunday morning! Waking up before the dawn. Washing hair to stop lice crawling Each a tiny little black prawn. Tabby tries to take an hour; Just to get herself clean, But when all 7 need a shower Her indulgence seems obscene. Then one must be driven miles away. To do homework … Continue reading A Peaceful Day
My doctor; who has been my doctor for about 25 years, has left his practice and joined one of those evil, horrible Medical Centres. Actually it was more than a year ago, but I am not getting used to it. I can't deal with this. Medical Centres are evil, terrible carnivorous monsters who destroy individual … Continue reading Help My Doctor Has Been Kidnapped
Autism Spectrum Disorder is the name applied to individuals who have a particular neurological difference and myriad related symptoms. At the core neurodiversity; having a wide variety of different ways of thinking, is good for the entire world. Every person born with or without Autism has the potential to enrich his or her community. Alternate … Continue reading Autism, Neurodiversity, Do We Need A New Language?