Sunday Reading: Swimming, Speaking With Another's Words, Problems with Chat and Communion, Nickels and DimesSubmitted by Landon Bryce on Sun, 01/22/2012 - 10:46
Autistic swimmer Hunter Devilice wins varsity letter.
There's been a facinating exchange at Liz Ditz between Kassiane and a representative from Autism Speaks about the fact that the organization has used her words without her permission and failed to completely remove them when asked.
Dude, I'm an Aspie on chat problems.
A boy's parents claim he has been denied communion because he has Down syndrome.
Todd Drezner talks about nickels, dimes, and autism:
Why does the autism community continue to obsess over categorizing people as high or low-functioning? It's true that the needs of one autistic person may be very different from the needs of another, but that doesn't mean that they have nothing in common.
As Justin Canha's story shows, the autistic person who needs a lot of support in one area may become a person who needs much less support in that same area. Justin barely spoke before age 10. Now he's verbal.
He didn't suddenly change from "low-functioning" to "high-functioning." Rather, he received the support he needed and developed his skills. It's nothing more than common sense to say that the story of how Justin did it is relevant to many other autistic people, even if they are currently at a much lower skill level.
Shannon Des Roches Rosa and Liz Ditz of The thinking Person's Guide to Autism both worked on live-tweeting the Autistic Self Advocacy Network Symposium on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research. Liz also combined those tweets into a series of Storifies. It was a fascinating discussion, and I'll think you'll enjoy this record of it.