queerability:

Loud Hands: Autistic People Speaking is a great book of writings by and for Autistic people created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Here is a description of the book:

Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking is a collection of essays written by and for Autistic people. Spanning…

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Anonymous asked:

When I had a discussion with what I learned about ableist language from your blog, my parents ((who have depression and anxiety just like I do)) said you were wrong and words like "moron" and "handicapped" were perfectly acceptable to use and some people were just too sensitive. Are they or are they not? I'm so confused. Nobody I met has ever been offended by that, not even me. and I go to a special needs school because of my autism. I'm very confused. Please help.

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Unfortunately it sounds like your parents are ableist. Those words are not acceptable. -MO

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Anonymous asked:

Can people with disabilities still be ableist? Someone with another disability keeps bullying me, saying that my problems due to my disability aren't important, and that I should 'stop whining' because 'their life is harder' and they constantly accuse me of faking my disability, even when I've actually been diagnosed, take pills, go to therapy, go to a special needs school, ect.

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Yes they can. -MO

Things able-bodied people need to stop saying to the chronically ill.

diaryofaspoonie:

• “At least you’re not dying!”
• “You’re only disabled if you let yourself be.”
• “You need to tell yourself you’re going to get better, else you won’t.”
• “But you can’t be in pain ALL the time, don’t exaggerate.”
• “You don’t LOOK ill.”
• “There’s so many people worse off than you.”
• “I’m sure you don’t REALLY need help.”
• “Sometimes it’s easier to just give up.”
• “Stop being so negative.”

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livingwithdisability:

Anti epilepsy pillows are pillows that you can breathe through in case of a seizure. 
They save lives and are provide free by UK charity "Epilepsy Sucks UK"
Quote from the Charity website:
"THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
'Death from suffocation can result within minutes when a child or adult suffering a seizure becomes entrapped in an ordinary pillow which blocks their nose and mouth. If saved from death, oxygen starvation and brain injury may occur resulting in lifelong disability and dependency'.
Solution: Anti-suffocation pillow!
'Among 15 cases of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Epilepsy that were witnessed in the community, difficulty breathing was observed in 80% of these cases, where 70% of patients were found in a prone position, suggesting that suffocation contributed to their deaths'.
Solution: Anti-Suffocation pillow!
'Frequent arousals caused by epileptic activity are one possible basis for insomnia. Depression or anxiety, which are common in epilepsy patients, also may contribute'.(Lack of sleep is a well documented seizure triggering factor)
Solution: Reduce anxiety, fear and possible seizures with an anti-suffocation pillow!
'The main health risks come from the worry, lack of sleep and depression that caring can bring. Carers often have to fight and battle for the support they get and this wears you down. All this can lead to high blood pressure and stress-related illness'
Solution: Parents and carers have reported to us that they have slept better since receiving an anti-suffocation pillow!”
The charity are very near to winning a £5000 donation. It is an online vote with a login from fb, google + or twitter.
There are a small grass roots charity of volunteers and this would make a big difference to them
Please VOTE if you can here
https://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitPromotions/BigBreak2014/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=260


Would this still work if you were face down? The holes would be smashed into the bed with your face and you wouldn’t be able to breathe through them..? -MO

livingwithdisability:

Anti epilepsy pillows are pillows that you can breathe through in case of a seizure. 

They save lives and are provide free by UK charity "Epilepsy Sucks UK"

Quote from the Charity website:

"THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

'Death from suffocation can result within minutes when a child or adult suffering a seizure becomes entrapped in an ordinary pillow which blocks their nose and mouth. If saved from death, oxygen starvation and brain injury may occur resulting in lifelong disability and dependency'.

Solution: Anti-suffocation pillow!

'Among 15 cases of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Epilepsy that were witnessed in the community, difficulty breathing was observed in 80% of these cases, where 70% of patients were found in a prone position, suggesting that suffocation contributed to their deaths'.

Solution: Anti-Suffocation pillow!

'Frequent arousals caused by epileptic activity are one possible basis for insomnia. Depression or anxiety, which are common in epilepsy patients, also may contribute'.
(Lack of sleep is a well documented seizure triggering factor)

Solution: Reduce anxiety, fear and possible seizures with an anti-suffocation pillow!

'The main health risks come from the worry, lack of sleep and depression that caring can bring. Carers often have to fight and battle for the support they get and this wears you down. All this can lead to high blood pressure and stress-related illness'

Solution: Parents and carers have reported to us that they have slept better since receiving an anti-suffocation pillow!”

The charity are very near to winning a £5000 donation. It is an online vote with a login from fb, google + or twitter.

There are a small grass roots charity of volunteers and this would make a big difference to them

Please VOTE if you can here

https://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitPromotions/BigBreak2014/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=260

Would this still work if you were face down? The holes would be smashed into the bed with your face and you wouldn’t be able to breathe through them..? -MO

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Anonymous asked:

is it ableist to say that a current theory is "deformed"? (a theory you are against)

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builtlikeacoelacanth:

isthisableism:

That’s some really weird wording in referring to a theory. It could be interpreted as ableist. I’d choose a word that is more explanatory and clear than that. -MO

how bout distorted?

Distorted would be fine. -MO

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Anonymous asked:

is it ableist to say that a current theory is "deformed"? (a theory you are against)

A

That’s some really weird wording in referring to a theory. It could be interpreted as ableist. I’d choose a word that is more explanatory and clear than that. -MO

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Anonymous asked:

I'm anon that recovered from depression and was going to speak at the event. The event is a school project that raises awareness about mental disorders and where to seek treatments and how. It turns out that I'm not actually sharing my experiences, but telling people information. Another person who is depressed is sharing his experiences, and information on whether depression is diversity or pathology, why acceptance is necessary in preventing suicide and in recovery, so everything is fine.

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flutterflyinvasion:

andreashettle:

justrollinon:

I’d love it if they stopped using the phrase “despite their disabilities”

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Oh, gosh, I would love this too.

Ever notice that 99 percent of the time someone uses the phrase “despite their disabilities, they’re talking about something that isn’t even…

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The Myth of Slacktivism

wolferfly:

The Myth of Slacktivism

A ‘slacktivist’ is someone who chooses to do all or most of their activist work through online mediums such as Twitter, Facebook, Timblr, and so on. These people are often disregarded as lesser and lazy activists when compared to those who are able to do activism work offline. For example, UrbanDictionary.com defines slacktivism as, “The act of participating in obviously pointless activities as…

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