Married, With Aspergers: Acceptance. Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015

Married, With Aspergers: Acceptance. Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015

Autism Positivity Flash Blog 2015
Autism Positivity Flash Blog 2015

The national motto of France is “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” which translates as “Liberty, equality, fraternity”. It’s the reason for my advocacy, the end I have in sight. It’s a deceptively simple phrase that carries a wonderfully idealistic message: that we all have the basic rights to freedom, equality and belonging to a larger community.

  • Freedom means we are free to be our authentic selves, free to express ourselves in whatever way comes naturally.
  • Equality means our rights are the same as anybody else’s, our voices carry the same weight, we are seen as people who are every bit as valuable as anybody else.
  • Fraternity means that we are part of whatever community we live in, we have access to support and to community facilities.

This is what it means to be accepted. This is the least we deserve as human beings; this is our fundamental inalienable human right.

We aren’t there yet. Persecution such as that suffered by Kayleb Moon-Robinson and many others demonstrates that autistic people are not accepted by society at large. The message hasn’t gotten out yet: we are people just like you with hopes, dreams, needs, strengths and weaknesses. We need your acceptance; we need your love if we are to take our place alongside you so we can contribute to our shared society on equal terms.

This is why so many autistic people advocate on behalf of ourselves and those like us: we strive to educate and bring the understanding that is the gateway to acceptance. All you need to do is listen and learn.

No More Injustice: #JusticeForKayleb

No More Injustice: #JusticeForKayleb

I’m wondering why
They don’t value young lives.
Citations get written
Cos you just don’t fit in
To society’s round hole
You wind up on parole
Through no fault of your own
Your disabled “behavior” —
I’ll give you a flavor:

Kicking a trash can,
School called the lawman,
Up in front of the big man
For expressing your feeling,
The marked cards he’s dealing:
It’s your life they’re stealing.

Your life they’ll shatter
They don’t think you matter
They don’t really know you
They just try to show you
It’s they who are strong
So you must be wrong.

You’re eleven years old
Gotta do what you’re told,
Your life’s bought and sold,
The authorities are cold.
Their response was so drastic,
Charged with being autistic:
So these guys are tellin’ me
Your expression’s a felony?!!

Ignorant and lazy,
These guys drive me crazy;
They don’t care enough
To learn about this stuff,
And providing support
Just isn’t import-
ant to them.

So,

We’re rounding up friends
To make sure this all ends,
The state must make amends,
That school gotta learn,
Their ways gotta turn,
From the bad to the good.
Accept that they should
Support all their kids,
Not just shut the lids
Of the boxes they use
To excuse their abuse
By assigning some label
To say you ain’t able.

Please sign the petition.