Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Think Blue

People are "Lighting It Up Blue" since April is Autism Awareness Month or - as I discovered Autism Acceptance Month to many. So, I've decided to share five things that came my way in discussing autism with other bloggers and parents in just the first few days of April. 

Here's five finds with an emphasis on personal experiences and accounts, rather than stats. 
  1. Autism Acceptance Month - find out why many prefer this term.  
  2. All About My Brother - book recommendation, related activities and testimony on how teaching children about autism leads to acceptance.
  3. Temple Grandin's site recommended to me by a friend whose daughter has asperger syndrome. Dr. Grandin has shared her powerful story of growing up with autism and is a wonderful resource for others. 
  4. Little Stories shares just that "little stories" of parents whose children are autistic (and other stories). She focuses on success stories, not pity. 
  5. No Pity
For decades, charities portrayed people with disabilities as pitiable. Although the 1980s disability-rights movement appeared to end such denigrating depictions, contemporary fundraising for autism has regressed to pity-based tactics. Teenage filmmaker and disability self-advocate Drew Morton Goldsmith, whose 2008 film TREASURE DIVERSITY achieved international acclaim, vividly portrays self-advocates’ empowered responses. Watch Drew's film, No Pity, a talented self-advocate's powerful contribution to the conversation about autism. It will make you think.
Please share your best resources or testimonials, or even just your thoughts, in the comments section below so that we can all keep learning and promoting acceptance.

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