“Stress is involved in almost every incident of serious child abuse, but it should not be seen as a mitigating factor more than any other source of stress should be seen as a mitigating factor. By and large, parents of people with disabilities are able to take care of their children without trying to kill them.” –Samantha Crane
Whenever a news story breaks about a parent killing (or trying to murder) a disabled child, reactions to the story are almost as disturbing as the story itself — because media and blog accounts tend to empathize with the parents, not the child victims. In fact the children in these cases are almost universally depicted as trigger for their parents’ acts, rather than human beings with feelings, friends, interests, and rights.
We need to change those conversations.
– Activists & Advocates –
- ‘Our vision, I suppose, is that every autistic person can be accepted as they are’
- Autistic & Proud | Eve Reiland
- Measles outbreak: Washington state Senate passes bill to eliminate exemption for MMR vaccine – The Washington Post
- Neurodivergent Rebel Honestly Autism Q&A – Q&A from Honestly Autism Day Morning Session – Neurodivergent Rebel
- OPINION: Autism awareness should be autism acceptance – The Sentinel
– Divergent News & Notes –
- ‘Church’ to offer ‘miracle cure’ despite FDA warnings against drinking bleach | US news | The Guardian
- The Chase: Autistic player hits back at cruel viewers | Metro News
- Measles Outbreak in Orthodox Jewish Community in NYC Could Worsen During Passover, City Officials Say | KTLA
- Illegal Marijuana Market Is Thriving in USA Amid Legalization of Weed – Rolling Stone
- Street Art for Book Lovers: Dutch Artists Paint Massive Bookcase Mural on the Side of a Building | Open Culture