Restore ID and Autism funding in PA! Tweet, FB, and call the Appropriations Representatives and Senators THIS WEDNESDAY. (More info, including scripts and sample tweets/posts will be forth coming.) #pareach4dd
my parts below cut, complete with the name misspelling, if you don’t want to check out the whole article at link. I will note that the research is reported as being focused on phrama applications for helping with things like anxiety and meltdowns and things rather than the usual cure/”detection” rhetoric that usually accompanies this kind of research.
Join The Arc of Luzerne County for a conversation with Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone. Savannah began advocating at the age of 12, when her mother asked her to sit on a panel for a a state level conference presentation. Advocacy became a true passion for Savannah once she became an adult. Co-morbidly diagnosed GAD, PTSD, and ASD (Asperger’s), she worked in Mental Health advocacy before she connected with the ASD and DD communities. Other advocacy as well as community involvements have included national and state level organizations and advisories, various county level advisories, and Freelance Advocacy efforts. Savannah is an active member of ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) and SAU1 (Self Advocates United as 1). Savannah is also a Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist. She blogs at Cracked Mirror in Shalott and you can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
I can’t be the only person who was alarmed by the ending of rainman basically being him getting wrapped up and put “back where he belongs”. We even have institutional bias in our media!
What about that recent episode of Bones that basically framed Hodgins brother with a serious mental health disability as “belonging” in a private institution. (And it’s still an institution, even if it DOESN’T have lock down.) Like. THERE ARE LESS RESTRICTIVE SETTINGS FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS MH DISABILITIES. I would know, I’ve helped design policy to help protect the rights of people in less restrictive MH settings. Just. NO. (It pissed me off too much to check but I’d bet that NAMI was their resource. I. No.)
Come on, I don’t want to get into details about these specific instances! I know someone else must have written them, and I want to talk about other ones!
AWN is doing a survey on accessible and sensory friendliness of gynecologists and/or intimate care providers for anyone who IDs as a woman OR who uses a gynecologist. The goal is to eventually have a database for Autistic women (and others who need gynecological care) to find respectful, accessible, and sensory friendly providers- or to find out if their prospective provider doesn’t meet those standards.
It’s intended to be trans friendly- so recognizes that not all women will have access to gynecological settings for intimate care because of cissexism and transmisogyny, in addition to other factors like classism, racism, etc. There are extra text boxes to include information about these issues as well. Additionally, AWN recognizes that not all people who need to visit the gynecologist are women.
So women whose intimate care provider isn’t a gyno because of their bodies (or for any reason really) are encouraged to include their provider, and those who AREN’T women but who use a gynecologist are also encouraged to fill it out!
There are lots of text boxes that you can use to be more descriptive/add notes, so feel free to include comment about anything else that impacts your experiences there- are they accessible but don’t respect your gender identity? Is the doctor great but the office aids not so much? Did you have to look elsewhere because of racism, classism, etc in the office? Is your doctor/provider great about everything BUT your sensory needs? AWN wants to hear about it! You can also feel free to use the “additional comments” box to comment about the survey itself- things AWN didn’t list that were important, wording that made you feel uncomfortable, etc.
I want to keep the words/phrases diverse so if there are multiple submissions with the same word/phrase, I will pick the first submission for that word so please be creative if you want to be in the video!
Submissions need to be in by December 12.
Since tumblr has been stripping alt text: [Image above is of an individual holding up a white board over their face that reads, “Autistic and BADASS.”]
Project for Awesome is a really great crowd sourcing charity drive. participants create videos for a organization they want to support, and others vote for the cause they think is important. There’s also a fundraising portion. At the end of the voting period, the money that Project for Awesome raises gets shared between the organizations supported by the top 10 videos. Last year each winning org got $40k+.
(Image description: a white graphic with a purple box with white letters angled at top left which says “Volunteer Wanted.” To the right of the purple box it says in all caps, “CONTACT INFO@AUTISMWOMENSNETWORK.ORG.”
An arrow with dotted lines and a green triangle leads from the contact information to a paragraph in bold letters below which says, “Autism Women’s Network is looking for a volunteer who has HTML coding skills and is familiar with Facebook apps. If you or someone you know has these skills and is interested in a volunteer position with AWN, please send us an email!”
The purple box with white letters (described above) has a dotted line and green triangle arrow leading down to another small box (white with purple letters.) Inside the box it says in all caps: “DO YOU KNOW FACEBOOK CODING? DO YOU KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH FACEBOOK APPS?”
Directly below (bottom left) it says in bold font: “Please E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been having episodes where my verbal skills have been on the friz. Here’s one of them.
Note on the captions: English is exactly what came out of my mouth. Canadian English is a translation into what I was trying to get across, or as much as I can remember of it. I waited to upload and caption until I had my words back. They didn’t have an option for English- Other…