Monday, April 1, 2013

It's April again...

It's April, which for many people means Autism Awareness Month, and for many other people means Autism Acceptance Month, and for me means another 30 days of hopping on and off my soapbox to try to make the world a little easier for my kid to navigate.

Let's kick off the month with this video made by an autistic self-advocate named Amanda Baggs. In it she is seen stimming for three minutes, then she types out an English translation. It is a film about communication, about different ways of interacting with one's environment, about what's going on inside the head of a person many neurotypical folks would dismiss.

There's a vibrant mind behind the stims - being expressed through the stims. Try to understand her language, as she has learned to write in ours.

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