I love the quote “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants” from Isaac Newton. There is inherent humility of that sentiment, but it’s more than that. I relate to it because I am fortunate enough to stand on the shoulders of giants.
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”
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.
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.
Just over a week ago, I wrote a post highlighting the problems that the autistic community must pay attention to in Australia. Those issues are still important to me, but I’ve changed my mind about what I can contribute as a member of the autistic community.
I’ve often thought of my life as though I’m a juggler.
I’ve noticed a little bit of a worrying trend. Many Australian autistic people (myself included – I’m not pointing fingers) tend to focus so much on American autistic people that we lose focus of the things that are happening here, right in our own backyard.
This is probably because American autistic people are really inspiring.