Austin Anderson was murdered by his mother last week.
If you want to read an article that paints a pretty, sad, objectifying picture of the events and poises his mother as sad and repentant (while Austin is just a dead invalid), here you go.
If you don’t want to read that article (you don’t), I’ll give you the important cliffnotes.
- Austin was left in a field by his mother to become dehydrated and suffer from deprivation of critical medication.
Now for my comments:
- This is terrible and cruel
- This is not unusual
- The coverage of Austin as a burdensome, helpless dependant is not unusual
Now give me a moment. This is hard. This is hard.
THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL. Let me put those words in huge, non-blinking lights for a moment. Let me cleanly excavate, actually, all of the things that are not unusual about this:
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ND Groupies UNITE!
If you’ve been around here for a while then you know about my celebrity crush. No, not George Clooney, my OTHER celebrity crush, Barb Rentenbach.
Barb is a nonspeaking autistic woman who, for lack of a more delicate phrase, kicks ass. Along with her therapist extraordinaire, Lois Prislovsky, Barb is an author, producer, and co-host of a radio show. Yes, really. Because with a little thought and creativity (and, in this case, the money to emply a voice for hire), pretty much nothing is impossible.
Anyway, Barb and Lois reached out to me a couple of weeks ago with a request. Since there’s pretty much nothing I wouldn’t do for them, I was glad to find that it was quite reasonable. To celebrate the launch of their latest book, Neurodiversity: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Living with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, The Gays and Everyone Else
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