Once upon a time, not very long ago at all, I saw my family's neurological, sensory, communication and developmental differences as 'issues' that needed interventions from clinicians. We were struggling daily as a family, and I thought that helping my children 'be OK in the world' would help us all. I did not believe that … Continue reading Why I permanently paused early intervention therapy for my children
When I was 21, I came out and it felt like the whole world rejected me for loving a woman, even if it wasn’t the whole world.
I wasn’t surprised to read Australian Senator Pauline Hanson’s comments supporting the segregation of autistic students yesterday. I wasn’t surprised because I have heard exactly those words from friends and acquaintances. People who, in theory support human rights....
Elisa and Martin died along with their parents and their family dog this week. Their murder was pre-meditated with a complicated system of gas bottles filtering a lethal gas through their ceiling. As a parent of three children, the news of their death has hit me hard. Elisa and Martin's faces on my phone, computer and TV are heartbreakingly beautiful in a way that all children are.
I've been focussing heavily on follow-up from meetings with the UN in Geneva for Autistic Family Collective. In the meantime, I have found pockets of writing space for some posts I am proud of over at Respectfully Connected.
Returning from my travel to the UN in Geneva for Autistic Family Collective, I was wide awake and jetlagged, and wrote a list of some of the things I just won't accept this Autism Acceptance Month (or ever!). Things like sympathy, denial, stigma, hate and fear...
My son and I recently spoke about autistic children being locked in rooms at school, after he overheard me talking about a child here in Australia. It's a heavy thing for a child to know about the world.
If we had access to genetic testing before my child was born, we might have terminated the pregnancy. This statement makes my chest tighten with anxiety; and my body heavy with remorse. Not because I disagree with people's right to make choices about their body including their pregnancies. I support sexual and reproductive rights. I … Continue reading Genetic testing, an autism biobank, and a baby
This week I wrote about recent reports of abuse in Australia for the Walk in Our Shoes flashblog, an important project challenging the belief that we should empathise with parents and others who abuse and murder autistic people. --- An autistic student is locked in a purpose-built cage I can not stop thinking about this … Continue reading Seven pairs of shoes
This week, the Australian community was shocked with multiple stories about the abuse, torture and murder of autistic children. It was a hard week, with the usual responses from parents and service providers sympathising with the perpetrators, and using this as an opportunity to talk about services. Sparrow Rose Jones wrote an exceptional piece in response … Continue reading Letter to Australian autistic people & their families