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“Awareness!!” (again)

I’ve written about misguided awareness campaigns before, but I think this one might actually top them all.
Today, I was invited to a Facebook event that encourages people to “post a picture of there hand covering there mouth with the hashtags silentselfie and letsilentwordsbeheard” in order to “show solidarity in the autism community”

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Why we need our allies

My infographic from this post was shared by Unstrange Mind on Facebook, and it led to some debate, so I wanted to explain why I made that infographic, and also explain what I meant by allies.
Why do we need our allies?
Specifically, in Australia, the neurodiversity movement is small, and it consists of very few people.

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At our house, it’s ok to be angry

When I was growing up, my parents didn’t allow me to express any emotion that they saw as unacceptable. There is research that says that humans have six basic emotions: happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, disgust and fear. Of course, contradictory theories exist, but this post is not about theories of emotion. It’s about the validity of all emotions.

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Bad Day

Yesterday was a bad day, and the feelings have spilled over into today. I don’t really want to go into all the details because it’s still too raw; it’s still too upsetting.

In an effort to distract myself from all those feelings, I created this infographic.

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Recently, a friend said that she would be interested in hearing about growing up in South Africa. It’s quite difficult for me to know where to begin so this post is really just a personal post – a mini autobiography of sorts – to organise my thoughts.