What We Should Really Be Afraid Of — Never Less Than Everything

Vaccine refusal has real victims. They are just not the ones everyone is talking about.

via What We Should Really Be Afraid Of — Never Less Than Everything

Because “belief” doesn’t and shouldn’t take precedence over FACTS.

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State of the Giraffe; March 2016 Edition — Giraffe Party

I posted this on my personal Facebook page, a few minutes ago. I figured I would share here, to give y’all some insight into where I am and that things aren’t always peaches & cream… It’s no secret my anxiety levels have been higher than usual lately… and that’s saying something, since my anxiety levels have…

via State of the Giraffe; March 2016 Edition — Giraffe Party

“High Functioning, my ass”

Switched Off? (Autism and TMS).

A balanced and sensitive commentary

The other side

STU_1954DPP_001.jpgPhotograph by Stu Allsopp at our switched on PV for Autism Family Support Oxfordshire’s Brain Dancing exhibition. 

This post is about my personal reflections on and responses to John Elder Robison’s piece on TMS in The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.

Last night I read the interview with John Elder Robison on The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s Facebook page about his experimental treatment with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and its possible implications for autistics. I found it an exceptionally sad and frankly worrying piece.

John opens with the following statement:

“There is no ethical problem with an adult like me going into TMS therapy eyes wide open.”

Perhaps not, but I’m not sure writing a book publicising TMS  – at this early point – is the way to go for autism.

I have to say that John appears sincere in this interview. However, I believe that airing our differences…

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Social Skills Education – how about an inclusive version?

This post was written as a response to a post on LinkedIn titled:

How do you make social skills exciting, fun, and instructional at the same time?

[ Totally behind wanting the joy of “shared play” to happen. But after reading the thoughts of autistic adults on the subject of “social skills groups”, I felt it needed to be said. ]

What I think would be great is if we taught ALL children how to socialize. “typical” children seem to learn through “osmosis” – but the issue here is WHAT and WHERE they are learning. Bullying, for instance, is a GENERATIONAL issue. Adults bully, each other, and their children. So typical kids learn this.

How can we make this happen? How do we get away from the “let them work it out” attitude – that basically isn’t helpful with little kids because they don’t have any EXPERIENCE to work it out from.

How do we teach non-autistic kids to not be jerks to other kids who are different from them? We spend so much time trying to make autistic children seem “less autistic”, when adult autistic people are telling us how not-helpful this is.

Knowing the “rules” of “typical social interaction” is good and definitely helpful and useful – because the greater population operates by them. But it takes a TON of energy to “act typical” – energy that would be better used by the autistic person for other things.

How do we update our “social skills training” to be useful in a way that allows people to accept and understand others, period?

Still Don’t Grasp the Social Model of Disability? Try DST!

Dani Alexis

Daylight Saving Time is quite possibly the best real-world example of how the social model of disability works that I have yet seen, as this past weekend has painfully reminded me.

Like a lot of people, I spend a week or more after the time change dragged out, sleeping poorly, unproductive, and with wildly varying moods.  Even people who don’t consciously notice the difference to their own health or mood express it in their behavior: studies show that productivity tanks, people argue more, and the number of fatal accidents increases due to the time change.  In other words, DST does a real number on our quality of life – at least temporarily.

What does this have to do with the social model of disability?

The social model of disability states, essentially, that while we may be impaired by conditions that have a medical, bodymind-based cause, we are not 

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