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(TW: Ableism) Autism Speaks is the most well-known autism charity. They have the most media coverage and are endorsed by many celebrities, but this certainly does not make them a good organization.

  • Autism Speaks does not have a single autistic member on their board.
  • Autism Speaks only spends…

When autistics say that Autism Speaks (A$) hurts us we are not just saying it. We are stating a fact, a very real consequence of the hateful rhetoric. When A$ says that families are not living, that they are only existing from one moment of despair to the next; when autistic kids are painted as wild screaming beings, breaking things and breaking up marriages; when co-occurring conditions that are not autism, like GI issues and seizures, are used as examples of a suffering and tragic existence; this rhetoric causes real pain to autistics and their families. Those words are used by A$ to give a sense of urgency to their fabricated idea of “epidemic”. A$ uses the number of diagnosed autistic children to project a dire future, an expensive future. But what is not mentioned is that many of those children will grow up to be productive members of society. Maybe most of them could have a better chance to succeed if more investments in assistive technology and education were available. Maybe A$ could help by using more of its money to help autistic children grow up to become happy autistic adults, instead of spending it on researches to prevent people like me to be born.

(Source: ollibean.com)

"Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say". Rosemary Crossley

We love the ebook “My Skilled Companion Dog”  by Samuel Habib. It is a great and very realistic account of  getting a CCI ( Canine Companion for Independence)  skilled companion dog.

Henry also has a CCI skilled companion dog, Denzel. #servicedog #CCI #IncludingSamuel #MySkilledCompanionDog #ebook

We absolutely love Tiny Grace Notes. Check it out, you will too. Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace is brilliant, kind, and all around wonderful.

#autism #tinygracenotes

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel – and to hurt for them or be happy for them? Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human. Lasana Harris is an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University; Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Pate Skene is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University and a second year law student; and Ralph Savarese is an associate professor of English at Grinnell College, a Duke Humanities Writ Large Fellow, and the author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption” (Other Press/2007).

“Despite the absence of data, and in the face of such concerns about absorption and dose..

“Despite the absence of data, and in the face of such concerns about absorption and dose, many advocates of a heavy metal toxic etiology for autism (in particular mercury) have incorporated ‘TD-DMPS’ into their non-traditional practice. We should recognize, however, the frustration and despair that leads members of the public to embrace homeopathy, ‘detoxifying regimens’, and the like.”

The lead article in the March issue of the Journal of Medical Toxicology (JMT) is a study that examines the absorption of a product, TD-DMPS, after application to the skin. DMPS is a metal-binding agent that is not approved for use by the US FDA. TD-DMPS is advertised as a topical treatment for autism.

The Smithsonian’s Web exhibit of the history of people with disabilities in America shown through photos.

"EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America"

Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories. Familiar concepts and events such as citizenship, work, and wars become more complicated, challenge our assumptions about what counts as history, and transform our connection with each other when viewed from the historical perspective of people with disabilities, America’s largest minority.

Knowing these histories deepens understanding of the American experience and reveals how complicated history really is. In addition, when history comes through artifacts, distinct themes emerge—for example, the significance of place, relationships, and technology—that are less apparent when only books and words are used.