ADAPT rallied on the steps of the State Capitol on Sunday, trying to get the attention of Governor Beebe – calling his attention to the Community Choice First Option. CFCO, according to the group, would allow all Arkansans who qualify for institutional placement to choose community supports instead. They say it would end the “long waiting list of nearly 3,000 desperate citizens, some of whom have been waiting over nine years.
I think a good chunk of disability comedy is taking the mickey out of people who aren’t disabled and how they behave. It’s lovely, because the non-disabled person says: ‘Oh yeah, that is me, but they’re not being horrible to me’. So they laugh at their own behaviour, but they also learn from it.
This is a Twitter event taking place TODAY for anyone who wants to keep the mother, and nearly the murderer, of Issy Stapleton from having too much fun with her ill-gotten fame.
This is a Twitter event taking place tomorrow for anyone who wants to keep the mother, and nearly the murderer, of Issy Stapleton from having too much fun with her ill-gotten fame.
I like it to look around in the actuallyautistic tag. When I do that I don’t feel that alone with my autism. I know a lot autistics. But we never talk about autism. I only have one friend she and I talk a lot about autism. (But now I’ve forgotten to talk to her oops) but with this tag I’ve an whole group and I can see it whenever I want.
Strange that Oscar used to fight for the right of the disabled to be treated on absolutely equal terms to the able-bodied. This must have been some kind of sham, because now his lawyer is insisting that this was never so, that Oscar has been deeply and permanently scarred by his handicap, and absolutely must not be treated as an equal, but as a profoundly and eternally impaired person.
(This is probably going to be the foreword in No Missing Pieces #1.)
I’ve been working for a year on the first issue of a collaborative zine (short for “magazine”) by autistic people called No Missing Pieces, which will be online and on paper very soon. When I started on this project, I tried to cast a wide net for contributors because my hope was that lots of different autistic people would send stuff in, particularly autistic folks who are even more kept at the margins of societies and probably often overlooked within Autistic communities as well. In a lot of ways, that’s happened: girls & women, people of color, non-binary folks, binary & non-binary trans folks, queer people, people with additional disabilities, and folks of various ages from different parts of the world have submitted work. Everyone who sent something in has at least one thing in the zine because I didn’t have to turn anything away due to contents, and I didn’t edit the contents.
Something I’ve been thinking about a lot with this first issue though is that I don’t currently know if any non-speaking people are contributors, or if people who need a lot of help with daily life things have contributed, because I didn’t ask since it’s none of my business. I’m sure there are many other autistic experiences and identities that are lacking in or absent from the zine as well — and I know one magazine is not going to represent everyone — but those are two that I am particularly thinking about because I think they probably make up large portions of the Autistic community. Also, autistic people who can usually speak with their mouthparts in ways that non-autistic people can typically understand and who may generally get read as non-autistic by non-autistic people sometimes take up a lot of space in the Autistic community, and I was thinking about that while working on this project.
I accepted submissions that were sent in to me by (or not long after) the deadline(s) (the last one was in July), but something I didn’t do enough of is reach out directly to people whose work I’d seen and liked to ask if I could feature their work because my anxiety kept getting in my way — especially if they’re pretty well-known in the Autistic community, but also just random strangers. Another thing is I think maybe I didn’t stress enough in the call for submissions how important it is to me to showcase people who are marginalized within the Autistic community as much as outside of it. I’m still pretty new to the Autistic community, and this is my first time doing this sort of collaborative community project, so I got overwhelmed and may have “dropped the ball”. I’m really sad that I can’t find the URL for a video I saw a year or so ago that taught me a lot about disability history / the disability rights movement, the history of the neurodiversity movement, and the history of Autistic communities in some parts of the world, which was edited, directed, subtitled & voiced-over by a young non-speaking autistic guy and was super well-done because that would have been awesome to include. There’s a lot of other stuff that I would have liked to include as well though.
Like I said, I really have no idea whether or not non-speaking autistic people or autistic folks who need a lot of help with daily things or other auties who seem to be marginalized within the community have contributed, but I’m writing this to say I hope that they have — or that they will in future issues, assuming this first issue goes well. I just wanted to talk about this because I know how important representation is. I am learning as I go, and I will work to do better next time. All autistic people (among many others - but this is a project by autistic people) are important, whole human beings (hence why people chose the title “No Missing Pieces” - thanks to @jupiter-reborn for the title!!!) who should be valued, supported, accepted and listened to just as we are, and that’s why I started this project.
Thank you for reading.
— Jordan, editor of No Missing Pieces
ADAPT has been protesting in Arkansas. People have come from as far as Boston to participate, and there have been arrests. This should be disability community news. Check their Facebook for updates.
Yeezy makes an embarrassing mistake
I’ve always found him disgusting but it just keeps getting worse.
We also believe – like Dr. Roberts – that we have been passed the baton. The Supreme Court in its Olmstead Decision affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting. Sadly across the country – and here in Arkansas – that isn’t the reality for many people with disabilities who either are forced into institutions or go without needed services and supports to lead an integrated life.
ADAPT is here in Little Rock to fight for those who have not been given the opportunity to fight for themselves. We will honor the Little Rock Nine and all of those who have struggled before us as we fight for freedom, equality, and justice. And we urge others to join the struggle and, in the words of Gloria Ray Karlmark, “Dare to object to prejudice and injustice.”