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(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)
I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:
Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.
And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/
A troll has been doxing the filmmaker, contributors and now is targeting backers of the kickstarter for the film Fattitude. As of now twitter has done nothing to remove this person from their website, where he keeps posting links to personal information he’s collected. Twiter, kickstarter and pastebin are all complicit in the harassment and stalking of these people.
Block and report this person, report the individual tweets, report the links in the tweets. Tweet at kickstarter, pastebin and twitter. Don’t be silent while people’s personal information is being spread around the internet. Make it stop.
the fuck is wrong with this asshole? Backed the KS just out of spite.
“ I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. ”
Junot Diaz (via luciaferr)
Weird. It’s almost like people who do not get pregnant don’t even need abortions.
IN OTHER NEWS WATER IS WET
IN RELATED NEWS: SCIENTISTS HAVE PROVEN THAT THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN.
NOW OVER TO JIM WITH THE SPORTS REPORT
“WELL BOB IT APPEARS BASKETBALL IS INDEED PLAYED WITH A BASKET. AND A BALL.”
TODAY, UNDER A FUCKING ROCK UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF REALLY OBVIOUS SHIT PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ENTITLED “THAT’S HOW IT FUCKING WORKS, YOU FUCKING DIPSHITS” IN THE JOURNAL OF THINGS I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU FOR GODDAMN FREE. AMERICAN POPULACE AWAITS A LAYMAN’S INTERPRETATION.
^ The snark and rage is strong with this one.
Yeah, I have literally hard arguments with people (mainly Catholics) who insist that birth control causes abortion, because birth control causes sex. Without birth control, we apparently wouldn’t have sex. Unless we are married (cis male/cis female marriage of course, all others can remain celibate), in which case you would obviously want children. Because birth control also causes you to hate children.
I just read this article that was basically like “women not wearing makeup: are we lazy, are we bucking norms, or is this the new normcore trend (hint: its the latter)!”
Holy fucking capitalism. You can’t even NOT PARTICIPATE IN FASHION without that very non-participation labelled a “fashion trend” and marketed back to you.
It’s like fucking doublespeak or something. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, and idgaf is fashion.
wait are they saying heinlein had The Genders, bc that seems like a far reach and i’ve heard a bunch of his stuff. sadly he’s Neckbeard God so there isn’t much crit :C
no. the article is here, and here’s the relevant quote:
One author who seemed to have a clue [about trans characters] was Robert A. Heinlein. His Friday contains a trans character and talks about test-tube babies using the same “not natural” language currently directed at trans folk. There is a gender change in I Will Fear No Evil, where an old man’s brain is transplanted into the body of a beautiful young woman, but the book reads more like a straight male’s fantasy of becoming a woman than an actual trans narrative.
thats hilarious because heinlein also wrote the short story —all you zombies—. which was about a time traveling trans man being his own mother and father and also the one who sent himself back in time.
ive never read friday but i dont see how the author of all you zombies could be using transness for anything other than “whoa isnt this weird, the future sure is weird”
I’ve read Friday and yeah, it’s pretty much “check out these licentious weirdos living in California, is that a man or a woman, gosh, its super important that I find out!” I mean sure, I guess if you interpret “has a clue” to mean “has a clue that trans people are a thing that exists in the world”, then sure.
I’m pretty sure there’s a bit in Friday about how homosexuality is Not Quite Right as well.
I suppose you could read Friday as a metaphor for trans-ness, but given that this is also a book where the title character is reassured of her essential humanity and womanhood by her ability to bear children, I’m pretty sure Heinlein did not intend it that way.
Why You Shouldn’t Take Selfies Right Next to a Moving Train
Was someone hanging their leg out of the front of the train??? I don’t understand whats happening here