Why Advocacy? – The Autistic Advocate

Source: Why Advocacy? - The Autistic Advocate Why Advocacy? I have a bigger post on Self-advocacy for Neurodiversity which i wrote as a guest post for STARS Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, but, fundamentally here is a little explanation: An Advocate is somebody who speaks on behalf of other people.  A self-Advocate is somebody who speaks for themselves.  I … Continue reading Why Advocacy? – The Autistic Advocate

My Communications with The Mighty.com (This is a collection of emails – more to be written about this site.)

From: Eve Hinson <writefirstdaily@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 4:36 AM Subject: Mental Illness/Sensory Disability submission: Chaos & The Quiet To: community@themighty.com Greetings, Good morning. I'm submitting a piece I wrote about living with sensory overload issues that are related to PTSD, Functional Neurlogical Disorder (FNDHope.org has more info), and autism/aspergers. Please find it included below with … Continue reading My Communications with The Mighty.com (This is a collection of emails – more to be written about this site.)

Autistic Representation Needs Autistic Voices – Autism Women’s Network

Hollywood loves talking about autism but refuses to talk to Autistics. When a new show or movie with an Autistic character airs, writers, directors and producers pat themselves on the back because they are so proud of their “indispensable” view that will help to “shed light and raise awareness about the disorder”. To them I … Continue reading Autistic Representation Needs Autistic Voices – Autism Women’s Network

#AutisticSilencers | The Spin Cycle of Autism Speaks & Partners Marketing

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downloadWatch how this works — First the inspirational feel-good news story about an employed Autistic wearing — none other — Autism Speaks Partner’s Logo, Home Depot.  

The emotional power behind Autistic feel-good stories is incredible for free and viral marketing. Makes it great to send out press releases to all media promoting partnerships, and grabbing even more inspiration media.

Then the partnership with Philips Lights to Light-It-Up-Blue, with light bulbs available only at Home Depot online or in the store.

That seems awesome, right? It would … if, for starters, it supported the #actuallyautistic.  Also, it feels smarmy that from all the noise and revenue that the Light-It-Up-Blue campaign generates, only $600k  year is donated to Autism Speaks?

And with Autism Speaks’ budget, they spend only 4% on family services. So I’m not sure which kids they’re helping. And to my horror, I discovered a whole bucket of Smarmville…

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