Does This Mean I Can Only Reblog For the Next 200 Posts.

I may have lost control of this website. First the husband insisted on writing something I had to put on my blog. Then the evil Spawn got into the act. Then I learned it is polite to reblog other people's work. Now an angelic support worker is sending in reports. And an evil; not to … Continue reading Does This Mean I Can Only Reblog For the Next 200 Posts.

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KSP Challenge – The Wrong Question Part 2 Alex’s Guest Post.

This is Alex's piece for the challenge described in KSP Challenge. This year parents told Natasha how Santa Claus was a spirit that used them and other believers as helpers during the Christmas season. Unlike the rest of us, she was devastated, which has kinda left me confused and sad for baby sister. I don't … Continue reading KSP Challenge – The Wrong Question Part 2 Alex’s Guest Post.

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.

And Now... For My Next Trick!

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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