There Is A Better Way

Filed Under (Activism, Autism and The Media, Critical Disability Studies, Inclusion) by Estee on 11-02-2009

When I look at this video and of course, the recent CBC Documentary Positively Autistic (click on it on the right side bar of this blog for the actual video or go to http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/special_feature/positively_autistic/).

I am very proud of those of us who step out and take the risks we need to take in order that we achieve a better and fair education for our children and an equal treatment from others. We work hard to try and convey the message that we need better understanding and better services across the board. And we do it all the while being called “crazy” and “unreasonable,” or we are the parents who love our “little babies now,” but we just “better wait until they grow older!” attacks. I suppose any movement that seeks to positively change things while risking out-of-the-box thinking, will result in opponents. It’s easier to stay with the status quo.

Coming from the place of diversity and Inclusion for all will advance all of that. I watched this video again, and felt it needed to be repeated.

Of course, most of us didn’t find Sawyer’s insistence that we must all be heartbroken (or continue to be) that accurate. But then again, joy, sadness, struggle — aren’t these the things that life is made of? Do we not create our own happiness? As I mentioned in the post The Metamorphosis, happiness, for me, is watching Adam grow and develop, and other unseen if not brief moments that we usually do not recognize for they come fleetingly. We just have to tune in to them.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.