Flash Blog: Autism is Not a Crime

Please share to break the stigma.

Gretchen Leary

Dear Autism Community,

Considering the recent sad tragedy and the false media stigma that seems to be rising up – I want to ask you to join me in doing a flash blog tomorrow using hashtag #Aspergers & #Autismisnotacrime so we can find each other’s posts.

Although I cannot host everyone’s blog posts on my page, if you email me your blog post I will tweet it out. (Authorleary @ gmail dot com)

I’ve never led one before but I feel compelled to help clarify this false stigma that the media has placed on our community.

Will you join me and write a blog post about the most positive way that ASD has affected you? Please post it tomorrow to show the world that this stigma is wrong and our community is nothing to be afraid of.

Best,
Gretchen Leary

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Debunking the violence myth (again!)

Aspergers: Through My Eyes

As I’m sure many of you will have seen on the news, particularly those of you who live in the United States, there has been a recent horrific drive by shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California which took place on Friday. The perpetrator of this awful crime was Elliot Rodger, a 22 year old student at the University of California Santa Barbara Campus. Elliot killed himself after being apprehended by the police. There are several news articles I have read on the case and I have linked to a few of these below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27562917

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/elliot-rodger-suspect-california-mass-murder-shooting-stabbing

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-driveby-shootings-seven-dead-after-gunman-goes-on-rampage-in-santa-barbara-9430598.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isla-vista-rampage/california-shooting-suspect-elliot-rodgers-life-rage-resentment-n113996

Elliot Rodger had Aspergers Syndrome. This fact has been paraded around the Internet in every news article relating to the case. To me, the fact he had Aspergers is not at all relevant to the fact that he killed six people and injured a further seven in a calculated and premeditated murder spree…

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Confidence Strategies that Work by Karla Fisher (Karla’s ASD Page – Facebook)

After reading an incredibly awful “article” (on a popular psychology website) that was supposed to be helpful to people on the spectrum regarding employment issues (it was the complete opposite), I was moved to link to a resource that offers true value. [I refuse to link to the article, it was THAT bad.]

Confidence Strategies that Work

Per her facebook page Bio: “BIO: Karla Fisher is a 49 year old Senior Program Manager/Engineering Manger at Intel Corp. She has worked in the high tech field for more than 20 years and is still passionate about her job. She has two grown children and lives on 40 acres (alone) in a small town outside of Portland Oregon. Karla is also on the Autism Spectrum.”

http://asdculture.wikispaces.com/

Other noteworthy facts re. the creator of these and other fantastic resources: 

– Regular teacher to doctors, teachers and other professionals on ASD.
– Advocate for ASD Teens.
– Founded Portland’s first ASD adult/teen mentor program.
– 2012 Volunteer of the year Oregon Mega Conference on Disabilities

 

what i want to tell you – blogging in nine minutes

Presume competence; respect; understanding; perspective.

a diary of a mom

I woke up late this morning. Like really late. Like hit the snooze button for nearly an hour of nine minute intervals late. And there’s so much that I want to tell you, but I now, somewhat ironically, have exactly nine minutes left to write. Wait, was that really irony or a fly in my chardonnay irony? Damn it, I just lost a full minute.

Power blogging … commence.

I want to tell you that when I was speaking at the Early Intervention conference, I was talking about how, for me, respect for our children demands that we make our very best attempt to look at anything and everything that we do from their perspective. (I also mentioned how ironic I find it (the real kind of irony – this time I’m sure) that while the ‘experts’ talk so much about autistic folks struggling with theory of mind, it’s so often…

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