Autistics speaking for themselves, in whatever way they can, to help others understand. Autism Speaks for themselves; they’re not a platform for autistics, but a roadblock – which is becoming clearer to the general population (thank goodness).
H and I recently co presented as a part of the training for the summer staff of our local Community Living/Inclusion organization. This was a really fabulous experience for a number of reasons.
The openness of the staff to considering the ideas and perspectives being expressed was obvious, and very much appreciated.
For me it is particularly important to be able to feature Harrison’s experience and perspective, not only because of my commitment to the idea of ‘nothing about us without us’ (and the specific commitment to this I have made regarding my presentations), and the impact this lived experience in expanding the understanding for others, but also because it empowers my son.
Presenting is such a powerful way for this young man to feel he has some agency and can take an active role in combating negative stigma. The role this has in supporting his healthy sense of self…
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