The Autism Positivity Flash Blog event was an excellent idea. There were so many moving, heartwarming stories to read, and many new friends were made amongst the Autistic Blogging Community. People are still retweeting these stories (thanks for the mention this morning @Aspiekid!) and people are still coming to the blogs to read and learn.
So I was thinking to myself “What more can be done?” – especially since finding out about the horrendous treatment and subsequent exclusion of my profoundly autistic, non-verbal teenage son (more to follow about that later). People still don’t understand us, and often shun us because we are “different”. We don’t even need to say anything; it’s a feeling that NT’s get about us. Some even fear us; often for our differentness, and sometimes for our unusually high intellect and ability to grasp ideas and learn new things quickly and easily.
I have a Pinterest account. After this morning’s conversation with my son’s foster father (who feels just as I do about the whole mess, and the nature of the headmistress in particular) I decided to create a new board – Speaking Out for Autism.
I have begun by pinning my flashblog entry and I may well follow this with my comparisons between Frankenstein’s Creation and how it feels to be autistic.
I think I shall leave the horror of what has happened to my son for now, as that is very personal. I realise that anybody who sees my Autism pins can find those entries, but I’d rather not have the whole sordid tale available on Pinterest. That’s an invasion of my son’s privacy, and the privacy of his foster family.
With permission, I would like to start pinning from other blogs about autism. I wish dearly to get the word out there, loud and clear for anybody to see. We deserve recognition; we deserve acceptance; we deserve understanding. Those most affected deserve services and nurturing and guidance that those of us higher on the spectrum don’t need. We are people, not freaks.
If you have a Pinterest account, please consider doing the same as I am? Also, please let me know your Pinterest name (you can email me) so that we can find each other.
Combining many voices in to one can cause the tsunami of recognition that we are aiming for.