Thank god my parents didn’t have the Internet, when I was growing up!

I CAN Be Autistic

I’ve been thinking a lot about that Siri book, lately, and it occurred to me while I was driving to work today that if my parents had had access to the Internet when I was growing up, no way would I be able to have the kind of life I have now. My parents were both intensely critical of me, and they complained bitterly to their friends about my behavior, my choices, my demeanor, pretty much every aspect of me that didn’t fit into their idea of how I should be – or especially other people’s ideas about how I should be.

My parents spent an awful lot of time doing social damage control, and using me as a scapegoat, basically throwing me under the bus with their friends and colleagues, when I was making them look bad. So, reading a book by an author with an autistic son who…

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Fixing #ToSiriWithLove

I CAN Be Autistic

smiling and frowning faces

I’m feeling a bit shaky, as I’m typing this. I’ve been going through my Twitter feed, and there’s a whole lot I’m seeing about this … er… problematic book called “To Siri With Love”. I first heard about it a few days back, when a bit of a Twitter tussle happened between the author and #ActuallyAutistic folks. I noted the arguments on each side. I downloaded the free excerpt (I think it’s the first chapter?) and read a bit of it. It was tough to read, so I stepped away from that and did other things to settle my nerves.

Now I’m back considering the book. I got a copy from the library (I’m not going to buy it), and I downloaded an audiobook version from my monthly read/listen service. And I’m going to force myself to wade through it — specifically for the purpose of fixing the parts that…

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Judith Newman’s Wikipedia Page Gets An #AutisticCommunity Update | #boycotttosiri

Judith Newman | Wikipedia Updated: 12.6.17     In January 2014, Newman's essay "Wikipedia, What Does Judith Newman Have to Do to Get a Page?" appeared in The New York Times. In the essay, Newman questioned Wikipedia's editorial policies, including its criteria for selecting and deleting articles, and requested that Wikipedia editors help with creating an … Continue reading Judith Newman’s Wikipedia Page Gets An #AutisticCommunity Update | #boycotttosiri

Brent Williams talks about depicting his depression and anxiety in a graphic novel | Metro

So many peers with mental health diagnoses find some sort of catharsis in art.  I have always loved to draw and have worked in the photography industry -- more recently, I've gotten into multimedia art journaling.  I particularly find it interesting to see how my art changes with my mood (I have Bipolar 1, along … Continue reading Brent Williams talks about depicting his depression and anxiety in a graphic novel | Metro

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Expresses Disappointment In Judith Newman’s Hearts. #BoycottToSiri

      Michele Farinet By the standards set here, no one would be writing about anyone or anything  Michele Farinet And honestly I think Judith is brave and honest and, yes I will say it, morally right, to discuss the real fear of her son having children. My daughter is not disabled and I fervently hope … Continue reading The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Expresses Disappointment In Judith Newman’s Hearts. #BoycottToSiri

Judith Newman Responds to Autistic Activists About #BoycottToSiri On FB | Gallery

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism John Elder Robison reviews #ToSiriWithLove with courtesy—despite being triggered by the book: "I’d say the author’s attitudes toward her son, her family, & #autism appear to be at odds with the set of values & ideals that is taking shape among #autistic self advocates today." (Robison also takes the time to make much of the author's … Continue reading Judith Newman Responds to Autistic Activists About #BoycottToSiri On FB | Gallery