Official Twitterbomb at Washington Post

k-pagination:

k-pagination:

I started tweeting yesterday and I’d like everyone to start tweeting with me at the Washington Post (@WashingtonPost) over their article (tw at link: ableism, violence, seclusion, abuse) “Coping with adult children’s autism, parents may face ‘least bad’ decisions.”

I wrote a post (tw at link, ableism, violence, seclusion, abuse), “Complicit Narratives,” concerning the extremely troublesome aspects of the article, which sympathizes more with abusers than the victims, if you need more information.

We will tweet today and tomorrow using the hashtag #WPComplicit

Here are example tweets I have done so far, without the hashtag:

http://k-pagination.tumblr.com/post/93217535764/example-tweets-for-a-twitterbomb-on-the-washington

Here is an update!

In addition to @WashingtonPost, we will be tweeting at:

Executive Editor Martin Baron: @PostBaron

the Health Section of the Post: @PostHealthSci

the Local section, where the article was published: @postlocal

the journalist who wrote the article’s professional account, Dan Morse: @morsedan

ASAN Statement on Abuse of the Land Twins and recent Washington Post coverage | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Official Twitterbomb at Washington Post

k-pagination:

I started tweeting yesterday and I’d like everyone to start tweeting with me at the Washington Post (@WashingtonPost) over their article (tw at link: ableism, violence, seclusion, abuse) “Coping with adult children’s autism, parents may face ‘least bad’ decisions.”

I wrote a post (tw at link, ableism, violence, seclusion, abuse), “Complicit Narratives,” concerning the extremely troublesome aspects of the article, which sympathizes more with abusers than the victims, if you need more information.

We will tweet today and tomorrow using the hashtag #WPComplicit

Here are example tweets I have done so far, without the hashtag:

http://k-pagination.tumblr.com/post/93217535764/example-tweets-for-a-twitterbomb-on-the-washington

Advocacy groups stand against 'sub-minimum' wage for workers with disabilities

boycottautismspeaks:

Virtual Protests for #BoycottAutismSpeaks can be typed too! Image Description: A darkened photo of a woman’s face appears behind a computer screen. Text on the screen reads: I am autistic. I am speaking. You’re not listening.#BoycottAutismSpeaks

boycottautismspeaks:

Virtual Protests for #BoycottAutismSpeaks can be typed too! 

Image Description: A darkened photo of a woman’s face appears behind a computer screen. 

Text on the screen reads: 
I am autistic. 
I am speaking. 
You’re not listening.
#BoycottAutismSpeaks

ASAN Car Magnet 10 x 3 on CafePress.com

jetbuilder:

Getting this for the back of my van! Can’t wait! :)

neurodivergenderfluid:

subtitles that are useless:

subtitles which only show up on the screen after the person has finished saying the sentence which the subtitles state

there’s this one subtitle company for the BBC that does them like this and it’s MADDENING.

i use subtitles to compensate for my auditory processing problems. i need to be able to hear what’s being said and read along on the subtitles simultaneously.

subtitles which only show up once the person’s stopped speaking are useless to me, because the subtitles just end up distracting me from what’s being said in the present and vice-versa, and i end up not being able to read OR hear accurately.

High school valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to Towson University and is autistic

Easier weighted blanket idea for Autistic people

draconicbastard:

to all those who wish for a weighted blanket or are looking for solutions, i remembered something. my grandpa likes making weird stuff, so once he made a quilt from old jeans, it’s really heavy and the weight is completely even. it’s huge too. now, I don’t know where you can get one of these as my grandpa made it and he’s kinda old, but if you know someone who can quilt or know somewhere that might be open to making a “jean quilt” that’s definitely an option and as an autistic person and owner of a jean quilt I totally recommend it. Plus it looks really cool and has pockets and buttons and stuff all over it. sweet. so that’s something to consider. 

Complicit Narratives

k-pagination:

Complicit Narratives

 tw: child abuse, ableism, abuse against autistic people, murder mention

“Coping with adult children’s autism, parents may face ‘least bad’ decisions,” an article for the Washington Post is headlined. It offers “reflections” on the case where two autistic twins were locked in a dank, barren basement. The headline says it all. “Least bad decisions” while locking kids in basements.

This justification - the justification to the abuse and neglect of autistic people - cannot occur any more. There cannot be anymore cries of things heard in the article:

"But it’s possible that, in their minds, this was the least bad way to deal with this,” Bucknam says.

And this, and the Washington Post’s article, just cement that, as Ari Ne’eman of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network writes, “there is no crime so depraved that the autism parent community will not defend it, if… committed by a parent against an autistic child.”

But they are still wrong, if they consider that the “least bad way.” What would be the worst choice? Murder? So locking them in a basement seems okay by comparison? The answer is still no, it is not okay.

We’re human. A lack of services does not translate to abuse or murder for thousands of other families who have people in those families with disability, significant or otherwise. I will not deny the inadequate services across the country, but as Julia Bascom (also of ASAN and the Loud Hands Project) writes, “don’t hold those conversations, those desperately needed conversations, in connection to crimes like these. When you do that, you hold us hostage. When you do that, you say “give us more funding—or the kid gets it!”

The time for those discussions is somewhere else, sometime else when we – the disabled – haven’t just been abused or murdered. The topic at hand is not more services, but on the fact that we are human and that alone should dignify respect and human rights. The topic at hand is that this cannot happen anymore. I know I will write more posts like this, because it will happen again, regardless of my and thousands of others’ insistence that it cannot. These types of statistics, where people with disabilities become crime numbers, need to hit zero, and we will not rest in our fight to get to that number.

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The Washington Post is doing people with disabilities a disservice – more than that, it is complicit in constructing a narrative that allows our abuse and murder. Write to them Here to tell them that these narratives are not okay. And for anyone reading – as Julia Bascom wrote in the same post, “Please don’t inadvertently help build a narrative where hurting someone with a significant disability is ever, ever “understandable.”