I refuse to be silenced.
I feel like that’s the farthest from the truth. I am an incredibly direct person who tends to include factual information and I ask a lot of questions. If a certain channel doesn’t yield any answers, I try another channel. Yes, I am an incredibly persistent person but that should not be confused with entitled.
I seek informative answers, I seek consistency. I seek an answer, whether that’s acceptance or rejection, I feel as though I’m worthy of either versus just being ‘ghosted’. Being completely ignored.
My story and my passion is one that is mixed with drive, acceptance, awareness and equal opportunities. I have a mission to showcase products, attractions, experiences and opinions with my wide array of different visitors–both Neurodiverse and NT.
I wish there was a general understanding that I am not doing this blog to get free stuff. I am creating content because I want to show the world a very unique point of view. This is a niche. This is my passion and I love to create media rich content—it allows me to be creative which is a huge part of my identity. I have been told by a very prominent local blogger that I should be charging for all the work I do. I have not made a cent.
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The Autistic community and individuals alike have a hard enough time as it is. We struggle in areas, and we excel in other ways. One thing that is important is to have the unwavering support of everyone around us, including our parents.
It was brought to my attention on Twitter that a book existed: “To Siri with Love”, by an author named Judith Newman. In this book she chronicles her neurotypical views about being a Mother to her autistic son Gus.
Personally, I wouldn’t be at all comfortable with someone else telling my story. Regardless of what the relationship was. That’s just not okay with me.
A lot of things are terribly wrong with this book: The way she refers to an incredibly stellar autism advocate: Amythest Schaber (“Manic Pixie Dream Girl”) is incredibly demeaning and is generally used to describe a character that only exists for the straight male protagonist in video games, etc.
There are also mentions of Eugenics where the author states she would like to get power of attorney, when her son is old enough, to have a vasectomy performed on him.
That’s honestly not all of it – but I urge you to visit twitter and search #BoycottToSiri
Educate and learn. Become an ally. Stand with US not against us.
It’s my story to tell and NO ONE ELSE.
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