Sunday, October 30, 2016

If your idea of inclusion doesn't include poor folks than you are not very inclusive.

I don't think I'm very interested in the mainstream autistic rights movement any more. Don't get me wrong I'm still going to fight for autistic people I'm just tired of investing my time and energy into organizations just to find out that they don't really give a shit about me because I don't have money to donate or the connections to get them free publicity. I don't care what people think about me, I care about freedom for autistic people. It's not going to come by begging people in power to stop discriminating against us, it's going to take building our own organizations and our own communities outside of the non-profit industrial complex where we can collaborate with one another to solve our problems rather than waiting for permission from non-profit boards who are more worried about their funding than they are about the people they claim to want to help.

I don't want charity. Charity is what bougie people do every year to feel good about themselves and to get tax write off's. I don't want charity what I want is solidarity. I want people who are willing to join me as equals on the front lines to fight for our liberation and our lives. The organization I founded has no budget whatsoever, but that has forced me to be more creative when it comes to how I reach people. I've got people emailing me all the time asking me questions and it doesn't take money to share what I've learned with people. As a chronically unemployed autistic living well below the poverty line I'm really sick of this bougie mentality in the autism activist community that you have to be able to afford to go to conferences in order to be considered a serious scholar because it leaves people like me out who don't have the resources to participate in events that cost money, I'd love nothing more than to be able to afford to travel around and learn more about autism, but when you have a family of 4 living on 1 SSI check a month that doesn't leave you with much more than what you need to survive. So yeah fuck all those bougie mother fuckers who look down on me because I'm poor. In case you hadn't noticed only 17.5 percent of disabled people were employed in 2015 and that's the entire disability community. If you take a look at how many of those people are autistic the number would probably be lower. If you claim to be about inclusion but you're not doing anything to address the rampant poverty in our community which excludes people then GTFO of my face with that BS.

Friday, October 28, 2016

My daughter rocks!

So there was this thing that my daughters Kindergarten class did where they get to dress up in their Halloween costumes and walk around down-town and go trick or treating. We passed a yard where they had a Trump Pence sign and while all the other kids were worried about getting candy my daughter was like eww they must like Donald Trunk, I don't like Donald Trunk because he's mean to women, brown people and disabled people and that's not nice.

She's only 5 but she has absolutely no problem how she feels. I worry about her because she's one of those people that wants to make everyone happy and that's not always possible. I don't want her to feel like there is something wrong with her if she can't make friends with everyone. She is opinionated and I'm trying to foster a sense of self esteem so she never loses the ability to tell people how she feels. It's expected for boys to be opinionated, but if a girl is opinionated she gets made fun of for being bossy.

It hasn't been easy building the kids back up after they left their abusive biological father but I will never stop trying because even though our family can be dysfunctional at times my wife and children will always come first in my life. They are the reason I am going to school to pursue a degree in social work, because it is a field where I could make a living out of doing the things I've already been doing for myself and for my children for free. This is my chance to secure my financial future so that I can help to provide a home for my family. I don't do what I do to earn brownie points or kudos, I do it because I made an oath to my partner that I would stay with her as long as I was alive and I intend on keeping that oath.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Don't Hate Inoculate!

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION]: Black and white illustrated hypodermic syringe with the text "Don't hate inoculate!"
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

If you're wondering why I'm so angry read this shit...

I had to wake up to this bullshit this morning.

 "The correlation between GMOs, vaccines, and autism has not been disproven. Improved diagnosis is an alternative hypothesis that has not been proven. Brenda didn't write "evolutionary regression." She just wrote regression, which is a bad choice of words. Autism has its benefits, but autistic people need help from people who function in a more conventional way. I saw a film about an autistic man who creates brilliant artwork. His work is selling well, so he is providing his finances, but he needs people to feed, bathe, and clothe him. Not every case is a savant, but any discussion of autism that does not address the savant is remiss at best. Few severely autistic people have gifts that can provide for their financial needs. I have a back condition called ankylosing spondylitis. It is like a mild form of MS. I do not think of it as "muscular diversity", I think it is a modest disability. Every limitation can be an opportunity, but there are also special needs. If too many people had my problem, we would never survive. The stigmatization of diseases and disabilities is a serious problem. Denial is no solution. If you make one more post like this, I can no longer be your friend on Facebook. If you want to discuss it further, I invite you to visit Birginia Beach where you can say those things to my face." 

 And this was my response:

“Yes regression was a bad choice of words and that's one of the reasons why I was insulted. That and your friend claimed that it was my fault that my child didn't develop typically because I can't afford to feed them a completely organic diet free of processed foods. That insulted me because my family of 4 is living off of less than 9k dollars a year and we eat organic when we can, but we can't afford organic food all the time. She kept saying that organic food is cheaper but that's BS I have never been to a grocery store where organic food was cheaper. So not only did she insult me and my son for being autistic she insulted my family for being poor. So excuse me for being angry. Not only do I have to deal with people giving me shit for being autistic all the time I have to deal with people shaming me for being poor and I'm not just going to sit back and take it any more. I'm probably just the angry autistic person in your eyes, but you don't see what I have to put up with on a daily basis. My family and I have been harassed and assaulted out in public just because we are different and I'm not going to take it from someone who claims to be an ally. You are misrepresenting the neurodiversity paradigm. We do not deny that we are disabled we just expect to be treated with the same respect and dignity that neurotypical people are and to be given the same chance to be included in society as everyone else.

I haven't read the research on GMO's and autism, but I know for a fact that the autism vaccine link has been debunked. Do you know how empiricism works Jack? When you write a paper in a peer reviewed journal that allows other researchers to duplicate the study. If they can't duplicate the study then you can't say that one thing caused the other. Nobody has been able to duplicate the results of Andrew Wakefield experiment on autism and vaccines because he is an unethical fraud who gamed the data and didn't disclose his conflicts of interest. He was being paid for his research by a law firm who had filed a class action lawsuit against the maker of the MMR vaccine and he also had connections to a manufacturer who was trying to get the old MMR vaccine off off the market so they could use theirs instead. If you don't want to be my friend that's fine, but I'm not just going to sit back and let people spread lies about autism. Correlation does not = causation. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistical methods knows that. Sure there may be a strong correlation between vaccines and autism but that's not enough to say that vaccines are the cause. If you don't understand basic statistics then I don't see the point in having this conversation with you.

You know what else has a strong correlation? There is a 99.79% correlation between US spending on science space and technology and suicides by hanging suffocation and strangulation. There is a 99.26% correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and per capita margarine consumption. There is a 98.51% correlation between revenue generated by arcades and computer science doctorates awarded in the US. And obviously none of those things caused the other. Just because there is a strong correlation between vaccines and autism doesn't mean that vaccines cause autism. Nobody has been able to reproduce the results of Wakefields experiment because vaccines do not cause autism. If you can't accept that fact then I don't think I can be friends with you anymore because you are contributing to the stigma against autism.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Unpopular Opinion Time

It's unpopular opinion time. As some of you all know I am a former volunteer chapter coordinator for Autistic Self-Advocacy Network in Nash County North Carolina. I parted ways with them because I felt like their organization was too top heavy and impersonal and I didn't feel valued by the organization and I didn't feel like I had much autonomy as a chapter leader and that I was expected to do what I was told or I would be kicked out of the organization. I cut my activist teeth in anti-authoritarian organizations that were structured horizontally and based on consensus such as food not bombs and occupy. I don't want to have to take orders from above I want to collaborate with people as equals to find solutions to our common struggles. I volunteered because When I was new I was hoping I would get some kind of leadership development and materially support out of the deal but I tried talking to people and asking questions and asking for help but everyone else seemed so wrapped up in their own projects that nobody with experience seemed to want to offer me any advice and when I had the mother of all meltdowns on the day of mourning I decided that it was time to part ways because I felt like I was disposable to an organization that claims to want to improve the lives of autistic people so I resigned my position and started my own organization whose goal is to disseminate accurate information on autism and other neuro divergences so that my family doesn't have to keep fighting just to get people to treat us with respect and dignity. Working with Finn Gardiner, Julia Bascom, and Kris Guin and Ianthe MB Dempsey and Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone was a good learning experience and even though we are no longer affiliated I still appreciate the work you all are doing to improve the lives of autistic folks. I'm still a little bummed that I didn't get my letter from president Obama for the day of mourning but I'll get over it because I didn't do it for the recognition I did it because it was something that needed to be done. People need to know what disabled people have to go through because then maybe they'll realize that we aren't lying when we say that ableism kills.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

War Is A Racket

Don't believe all the media hype about Russian hackers interfering with our election. The media is trying to push us into another cold war with Russia, and with what's going on in Syria that cold war would have a very good chance of going hot. If it weren't for the Russian hackers we'd have no proof that our country is aiding Daesh and leading us to another pointless war with a nuclear armed nation just so we can install a puppet regime in Syria to sell us oil in petrodollars. If we are going to tackle the problem of war we are going to have to divest of the military industrial complex to the point where it's no longer profitable. Conscientious objectors are going to have to give up their careers in the military and speak out about the injustice that is being done to the world on behalf of the United States. There are a lot of veterans I know that are waking up and realizing that they aren't fighting for what they thought they were when they first signed up. I think that besides making the defence industry non-profitable we as a nation are going to have to redefine the concept of patriotism. It's not patriotic to send people out to protect the economic interests of the global elite. It's not patriotic to have war veterans coming home so shell shocked that they are committing suicide in record numbers because they are being denied health by the country who sent them to war in the first place. Defending your country is patriotic, but the most dangerous people in the world aren't the Iraqi Syrian or Afghani people. The most dangerous people are the American people because we are being used by our government to fund these wars on behalf of the global financial elite. We are literally playing Russian roulette with a nuclear armed country all in the name of profit for the military industrial complex.My father was an airborne ranger in the US army and people think just because I've never served that I don't know what I'm talking about, but I have a more intimate knowledge of the military industrial complex than most people do since I was raised in a special forces family. My father was involved in the US led coup in 2003 in Haiti to oust Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was the first democratically elected president in the history of Haiti. That just goes to show you that the media is lying when it tries to tell you that America wants to bring freedom and democracy to the rest of the world. We need to revitalize the anti-war movement because after Obama got elected it's like people forgot that there are still poor people of color dying all over the world in the name of US capitalism. Like the marine corps major general Smedley Butler once said, "War is a racket".