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The address for my blog The Standard Review has changed. The new address is: Thank you Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at The Standard Review
Image Being able to participate in public discussions regarding autism, for autistics, is a privilege, and it shouldn't be. Most are still prohibited. Those who aren't prohibited, often have little opportunity to do more than support tradition while having to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at The Standard Review
Whenever there is a discussion regarding the rights of people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, I hope to hear about the people who are prohibited from the conversation and how this prohibition is preventing the needed progress. Unfortunately, this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at The Standard Review
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Jan 27, 2013
Knowledge may be power but in this information age, the race for such power is as corruptible as any other and bullies involved in this competition are just as likely to describe degradation as the way to encourage toughness. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at The Standard Review
In recent years, progress has been made due to people with disabilities becoming more influential in policies, which affect their lives. The Internet has allowed more autistic people to follow this example by becoming involved in discussions, which influence how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at The Standard Review
Why, thank you, Maire. What a kind comment. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2012 on Puzzling People at The Standard Review
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Using a puzzle piece as a symbol for autism awareness encourages the idea that our society is interested in support for autistics. Not only is this not helpful but the way the campaigners are falling short of the supposed goal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at The Standard Review
The Autism Awareness Campaign continues to mislead the public about the supposed beneficiaries in a way that is very harmful. There isn't much good that can come from making people aware that a specific group is in need of particular... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at The Standard Review
When I'm around people a lot that perceive the world in a particular way, and when I take that same perspective, I see myself as worthless; it's important for me to remember that is only their perspective, and that I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at The Standard Review
Recently, the mainstream media has once again depicted murders of disabled people in a completely irresponsible way. Both George Hodgins, an autistic man, and Daniel Corby an autistic boy, were killed within the past month. Rather than only suggest how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at The Standard Review
My goal as a disability advocate is to challenge the current standards which are unfair. The need for this is shown in how both the words ableism and disabilism are used interchangeably. Both are sides of the same coin (so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Standard Review
Policy makers and their supporters claim that people's behaviors are becoming worse. More specifically they claim that children's behavior is becoming worse. However, these same policy makers and supporters are claiming that behavioral products, and the techniques are advancing. For... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at The Standard Review
It seems to bother people a great deal to hear that science is closely connected to politics but each day I see evidence that the two are inseparable. Unfortunately, the advocates of neither one are describing what they know in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at The Standard Review
The most important thing I've learned from newspapers, television, and the Internet is that only a few people are being discussed. Most are thereby defined by this discussion as insignificant. Of course, the standard for a persons significance is constantly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at The Standard Review
Every time activists in the U.S. have sought to reform the mental health/developmental disabilities/ mental retardation/etc. system, their efforts (which always became compromises) ultimately strengthened the system and made it more difficult to stop. Dorothea Dix came along when a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at The Standard Review
Image Though the ideas from early American Putirtan culture are hundreds of years old, some of that type of thinking can be found in today's culture as well with regard to how disability is viewed and more specifically how autistics... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at The Standard Review
Image People receiving accommodation and accessibility pursuant to policy changes regarding disability does not negate that the intention of the original policy design was meant to provide a convenience for what gets described as the "general public" more so than... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at The Standard Review
Image Autism advocacy and the awareness campaigns lack effectiveness due to how closely it resembles the backwards historical traditions of most disability advocacy. Unfortunately, Jerry Lewis's approach is not the exception. He's just more vocal and less guarded than most.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at The Standard Review
Image This is the worst of times: :( Note: Sarcasm warning For an autistic person to advocate regarding public policy,social norms, disability rights, etc ., they must sacrifice autonomy as well as any independent ideas they have about these matters... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at The Standard Review
During Autism Awareness month of April 2011, Robert MacNeil promoted his perspective of autism on television. I'm sure Mr. MacNeil's views on autism will be popular and well received but unfortunately there will be little if any nuance added to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at The Standard Review
In order to create and/or maintain a closed society the people in command must control the information AND the entertainment. The messages that get regularly reinforced will teach people to believe that there are limited resources which more important than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at The Standard Review
I agree, at best it's useless, and often it's destructive. The privilege label is more often like planting a useless weapon on someone who can't use it so that their victimization can be justified. Most bullies are from the groups that are marginalized and oppressed. I wish they were all fighting back against oppressors and the oppression, but it's usually just copying what's been done to them. They victimize others and justify it in very similar ways as that which was done them. The main reason the cycle of oppression continues is because we follow our oppressors lead. If all the bullies were part of the ruling class, assertive people among the oppressed with honorable motives would be able to defeat them. As it is we're stuck. I think I saw online where you were accused (generally anyway), and it was absurd. (note: I just found it tonight 3/22) I'm sorry this happened to you. It was wrong as well as terribly inaccurate. I hope you're ok.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2011 on Closing a Community at The Standard Review
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Yeah, people want to make sure they are part of an us so that they can them somebody. The us label seems to be used as team uniform and once someone shows up wearing one, everyone must show support by complying with the us rules (rules which are subject to change by self appointed rulers) or get themed. I think it's militant thinking that comes "God is on our side" justification for war and industry teaching the "sell the sizzle not the steak" pragmatic justification for advertising. Alone is seen as the worst thing someone can be and being a nonconformist is the worst sin. Individualism, creativity, and unique expressions are automatically associated with the enemy. The problem with disenfranchisement isn't solved by more or better franchises or making sure everyone fits into one, and it certainly isn't the way to promote diversity. Being alone doesn't have to equate with being lonely, and it doesn't need to cause depression but in an environment where shame is associated, that's the message that gets reinforced and those things often happen as a result.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2011 on Closing a Community at The Standard Review
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The main reason for the problems related to inclusion, and supportive environments are due to people seeking answers from community builders rather than from the disenfranchised. Myths and presumptions about people who don't fit in are too convenient and are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at The Standard Review