Am I an AUTISM Expert? No.

I remember watching a CBC Documentary “The Trouble With Experts” back in 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2651996758 

It essentially outlined how anybody can call themselves an expert. You didn’t need any kind of accreditation to utilize this title– You just COULD. Now, that got me thinking about self-proclaimed Autism Experts, yeah, you may know the ones. They are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and able to create a profit off of this. I’m certainly not talking about Amythest Schaber who I have the UTMOST respect for. (so please, don’t think that for a moment!) I’m talking about the ones who actually attend talks and tell people how to profit off of their different abilities and have acquired a mass amount of social media followers. I want to make one thing inherently clear: I AM NOT AN AUTISM EXPERT. I will begin to preface my videos by giving a little schpiel about this. My views, my opinions, yada-yada-yada. I’ve been asked for advice and I try to make sure they know that I, in no way, have any kind of training or expertise. I just live by experience. I want to share my story in the hopes that people relate with me but don’t go thinking I’m some kind of shrink. I do this blog because I love writing, taking photos, making videos and trying out things in my very own way.

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS. It’s more than OK to be a skeptic.

-Margaux

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Consumer VS. Corporation

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Blogging can be joyful but it can also be incredibly disheartening, frustrating and full of defeat (yes, i’ve mentioned this plenty of times before).

I owe a lot of gratitude to the companies that have been kind enough to work with me, not because of a ROI but because they genuinely care about my opinion and the content I create.

If you are a large corporation worth billions of dollars and you decide to run an “Autism at Work” program, employing autistic individuals and running seminars/talks with lots of press material and attendance, it’s in your very best interest to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

What do I mean by this?

Your PR company should know better than to use the terminology “with autism”, they should also realize that if they are employing autistic individuals then that would be a perfect segue to attracting autistic customers.

I got so wound up and so incredibly anxious after dealing with all this in the morning that I have felt unwell the entire day. I tend to internalize my feelings.

Sometimes I think of our home, our planet as seen from space. It makes me realize how insignificant I truly am and helps puts things in to perspective.

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-Margaux

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New Podcast AND A New YouTube Series!

I have started a BRAND NEW Podcast called “Autistic Speaking”! Please listen here:

 

And my NEWEST Youtube Series “Margaux Talks Tea”

 

I would LOVE if you could let me know what you think of these two new ventures!

Margaux

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I am Colour.

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Yes, I will admit it: I am Weird.

I believe I have embraced this as my identity in a very subconscious way. I have no fear when it comes to expressing myself and I don’t think I ever did.

Anxiety is also a big part of who I am. It sometimes forces me to freeze and feel very weak-minded. It takes over me. I sweat profusely, I get heart palpitations, I just want to run and cower. It even can prompt me to sleep a whole lot.

Art is something that can help calm me right down, it is my soul doing the talking. It is an everlasting moment of freedom. I can look at my Art and think “I made that?”. It can be incredibly hard to believe.

I have hopes and dreams with it. Literal “close-my-eyes-and-fall-asleep” dreams. I see myself in the heart of a big city with my art in a gallery. I know it can be considered low brow and heck, I know there’s people who don’t like it and who could truly care less about me. I still have this dream.

“It’s too small. It should be bigger!”

“I can’t be your friend because I can’t stand your Art.”

“Your art is ugly.”

Tell me this. Tell me this over and over and over and over again. Please.

Why? Get your negative thoughts out, it’s good for you.

But for me?

I’ll keep creating.

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Love,

Margaux

OMIGOD You Guys, Align Entertainment Presents LEGALLY BLONDE is A HIT!

The story may be familiar as it is based on the 2001 film of the same name! Elle Woods is a sorority girl who decides to attend Harvard Law School to win back her ex boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. She meets Emmett, her Professors’ Teaching Assistant and they quickly become quite chummy. Defining herself as a perfectly capable – and intelligent woman, who just happens to like pink–she learns quickly and helps her new-found Esthetician, quirky Paulette, get her dog back. That small victory was just the beginning. Later in the play she exercises her direct nature and new found knowledge to win a murder case by proving Exercise Queen Brooke Windham innocent of all charges.  Along the way Elle’s three friends Margot, Serena and Pilar keep things interesting with their musical numbers and comical interjections.

Julia Ullrich dazzles as the bubbly Elle Woods (surprisingly enough I had seen her as Veronica in Fighting Chance Productions “Heathers: The Musical” where she was absolutely incredible), She powerfully commands the stage.

I have to say, the casting is spot on and all the characters perfectly play their roles. The music is catchy with the “OMIGOD” song carrying you throughout the play.

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The choreography and sets were perfectly executed, creating an almost dreamlike ambiance. The orchestra gave me goosebumps, there’s nothing quite like experiencing live music! I was super impressed with the attention to detail which was incredibly pleasing both in a visual and auditory fashion. I have enjoyed Broadway shows and can tell you that the amount of talent on the stage is transcendent. It is the perfect escape!

This marvellous adaptation of the feature film runs from February 2 to the 17th with tickets starting at $27! $15 special pricing on February 12th for Family Day.

For more information, please check out AlignEntertainment.ca

I was lucky enough to be provided with 2 complimentary tickets courtesy of Align Entertainment for their production of Legally Blonde at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

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#AutisticVoicesFirst

Autism Speaks. It's Time to Listen.

When I realized that Autism Speaks slogan was “It’s time to listen”, my heart sank.

I honestly felt like I broke in to a thousand little pieces that no one could pick up. It was the feeling of grief. The more I research, the more I realize how much Autistic voices matter.

The CEO of Autism Speaks is someone who has experience managing different health related foundations. Her name is Angela Geiger. As far as I can tell – She is NOT Autistic.

Autism Speaks Canada is headed up by Jill Farber and she has spent 15 years as a private consultant specializing in ABA. She is NOT Autistic.

It’s important for the verbal portion of the Autism community to speak up for not only us but for our nonverbal brothers and sisters. After all, we know best. This is who we are in every aspect of our being.

Wouldn’t it be nice for Autism Meetup groups and self-advocacy networks to have funding and get provided devices and tools to make life easier? Frustratingly enough, most companies need a “front” to do so. By that I mean a “charitable” organization with whom to “partner” with so it looks like they’re doing a DAMN amazing thing to benefit those who need it most. Why can’t they do it without the publicity or without a partnership? Money- simply put! Advertising is key. Looking good to those who are uneducated on the subject increases profit margins and a veil of “doing good”.

Let’s PUT #AutisticVoicesFirst

 

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Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and should not reflect the brands or companies I have graciously partnered with.