Joy

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Thanks, Bev, from Asperger’s Square 8 for writing this post, CAGES. She uses my blog as an example where she writes about joy and autism:

Joy

From The Joy of Autism blog: “Finding joy doesn’t come without struggle.” Estee gets a lot of flak from “autism advocates” for the way she supports autistic people. Sometimes I wonder if the critics read much beyond the blog’s title. In addition to joy, Estee writes about pain, challenges, anger, disappointment and hope, inspiration and grief. Her core message is one of respect for all people. But even if she did only write about things that made her happy, or if I only wrote about parrots and squares, so what? Celebrating life is not wrong. When situations are difficult, it becomes ever more necessary to find the parts worthy of celebration. It shouldn’t need to be said that finding joy in autism doesn’t mean that is all one finds. Besides, the internet could hold a few hundred blogs about joy and autism without making a dent in the negative things that get said.

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If only people took the time to listen, then we would really understand one another. Thanks again, Bev. Because of what you wrote, let me share a little joy from our recent trip to Mexico:

Now what better joy is this?

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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.