Christmas Planning Mistake No.1

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

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500 Reasons Why My Eldest is Wrong

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

The Writer’s Club Phoenix

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

Tiny Tasha’s Triumph

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

The 13th! (Birthday that is)

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)

The cognitive dissonance of “person-first” references to #autistic people

I have just read this & realised there is no better way of expressing this important message.

Just Under Your Radar

two people arguing, face-to-face, pointing fingers at each other 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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A Novel

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

A Peaceful Day

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

Help My Doctor Has Been Kidnapped

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, Neurodiversity, Do We Need A New Language?

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?