Quiet Carriages are an Autistic lifeline. Please don’t take them away.

Queerly Autistic

South Western Railway have announced that they may be looking to scrap quiet carriages/zones on their trains.They say that this is because they cannot be properly policed, and as such they are entering into a period of consultation with customers on the future of these carriages.

Now, I’vewritten about quiet carriages before.However, that was more of a lament against the people who do not take the rules of the carriage seriously. It was not a desperate plea to save these carriages (if one company does away with them, I have no doubt that the rest will be quick to follow).

That is what this is.

Quiet carriages are absolutely a lifeline for disabled people like myself: autistic people, people with sensory processing disorders, people with anxiety, deaf people (of all levels of hearing impairment) and various other people of varying levels of disability and neuro-atypicality. We can

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Christianity and The Poor

Jake Allen Sharp

I sat there on the bleachers, listening to the timeless sound of The Little Drummer Boy. I closed my eyes for a moment and reflected on various memories, and words in my head accompanied the instrumental performance.

I have no gifts to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
Worthy to give a king
Pa rum pum pum pum

It brought to mind some thoughts I have been wrestling with for a while. An issue that I have struggled to put into words. How should the poor approach Christmas? Even more, how should the poor approach Christianity?

Our churches do a great job of teaching us about giving. Children are taught to help the less fortunate. We collect food to feed the hungry. Often we turn fundraising into a competition to get children excited and involved. Hopefully all learn that helping others is what we should do.

What if we are the less…

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Tommy Adaptive and the Complicated Ethics of Having No Alternatives


Tommy Adaptive Image Description: Logo for Tommy Hilfiger’s Adaptive line. Navy Blue text on a black background which reads “Tommy Hilfiger adaptive clothing”

Tommy Hilfiger has come out with a line of adaptive clothing for disabled people and I am conflicted. There is so little truly good adaptive fashion available to disabled people and the Tommy Adaptive line is pretty and stylish. Something that is frequently decidedly lacking in adaptive clothing which often seems to presume an elderly clientele and that this clientele will not care if their clothing is hideously ugly (apparently this is somehow a dress and not a hospital gown). I am offended both for this unfortunate assumption about older people and for the fact that clothing brands tend to forget that disabled young people exist.

Adaptive clothing suffers from many pitfalls. If it isn’t hideous then it is still only available online and then may only ship to…

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Unnatural Woman


The flighty eccentric or friendless frump

A child phobic ice queen, or the fortuitous femme fatale

This is the cast of today’s fabricated feminine tragedy

Clans, comrades and communities have identified this state of being as a mere malady

Not a glimpse of diversity within our contemporary experience, this thing we call reality

We are a threat to civilization, not living up to our true purpose as wives and mothers

I like having to answer to nobody but myself, I can’t speak for the others

Being a single, childless woman can be a liberating experience for some of us

We’re not all consumed by a secret grief or dying to have the lives of our friends and

relatives, plus

Some of us like ourselves just the way we are

Some of us enjoy our freedom and believe less in our lives, is actually more

Some of us have to be…

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A #ChronicHolidays Gift Guide for Chronically Ill Spoonies | Ryan Boren

By Ryan Boren, non-compliant neurodivergent, boren.blog https://twitter.com/ai_valentin/status/939256360440647680 This great Twitter thread offers #ChronicHolidays gift suggestions for chronically ill folks. If you’re looking for a gift for a spoonie in your life, check it out. That thread inspired me to make some recommendations of my own. I’ll link to Wirecutter reviews for many of these items. They show their research and list alternatives. Disclosure: …

That book

yarn and pencil

I looked up To Siri With Love on Amazon and read the parts available with the ‘look inside’ thing. I thought the text I was able to read rather narcissistic.

But the thing that got me to write this post is what’s not there. The book is about an autistic son called Gus. Gus has a twin brother, whose name I forget at this time.

At the end of the book comes the acknowledgments. Maybe I’m missing something but it seems to me very remiss of the author not to mention her sons. Most other people get a mention.

To my mind the omission says it all.

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