Better to presume competence and be wrong than not presume competence and be wrong. To presume competence is to avoid regret.
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FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Today, most people are celebrating Valentine’s Day. But a passionately active segment of the internet is conducting a flashblog event, under the tag #lovenotfear . The goal of this is to increase the concept of Autism Acceptance.
50% of the sales of this color ($3.50 for each jar sold, and .50 for each sample sold) will be donated to the Golden Hat Foundation, through the lens of love. Not fear. Their work embraces the broad range of people on the autistic spectrum, in all of their expansive diversity.
Our Objective is to look beyond the differences caused by autism and into the hearts and minds of these incredible people.
The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper education and career…
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When we let fear rule us, we can’t think, we can’t breathe, we can’t see the possibilities in front of us. When we love, we accomplish so much. Love conquers fear and creates opportunities for growth. Fear destroys – Love creates. I choose LOVE.
“You thought my autism was hurting me and that you needed to remove it, but you did not understand that it is a neurological difference and fear caused you to behave with desperation.” ~ Emma on the topic of the three stem cell treatments we did in 2010
This post had to begin with Emma’s words.
I’ve written enough to fill a book on fear and where that took us. Stem cell treatments, spending all night on the internet searching for the next great “miracle” cure, taking my child from one specialist and doctor to the next, this is where fear took me. I’ve deleted a great many posts where I express my tortured fear, but if you go to the first post, the post that began this blog almost four years ago, you will see in excruciatingly slow detail where fear took me. Fear caused by those…
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It starts with us. It stops with us. We need to stand up for ourselves and for others.
We need to step up.
We all have our own pain. We can’t let that pain cause us to hurt others. We have to be bigger than the pain. If we feel hurt by something, we need to step back and address it with ourselves first. If we have a point to make, or an opinion to share, we need to make it with respect.
Bullying is as much an adult problem as it is a child problem. Kids do it, adults let it happen because they ignore it, or think it’ll “work itself out” (it won’t, that’s why it’s called bullying). Children learn how to behave from adults. If the adults don’t do THEIR job and teach children how to behave like civilized, mature human beings, children aren’t going to learn. So adults, step up and stop bullying when you see it. Actively teach children how to be good adults.
I want to talk about bullying again. Specifically, the way some adults justify standing back and doing nothing. You’d probably heard it before. “They need to work out their own problems.”
Yeah, that one. A while back I heard it yet again as a way to justify not getting involved, and it struck a deep chord. It’s been bumping around in the back of my mind ever since, bugging me to write about it. So I’m going to try, let’s see how it goes.
Now, I know that non-parents are not supposed to talk about child rearing issues, so I am going to approach this from the only angle that makes sense to me – that of a former child who was bullied a lot. And yep, I was left on my own by adults who may very well have told themselves “they need to work it out for themselves.”…
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This is such a moving post. Presume competence is something that the special needs community stresses over and over – better to presume that the person who can’t communicate is aware of everything around them and be wrong, than to assume that the person is just a shell – and be WRONG. Doctors tell us to talk to patients in comas because they can hear us. Why would we do any less for those who are challenged in their communication?
Murder is a selfish act. Selfish. Inexcusable.