Category Archives: Call-to-Action(s)

Neurodiverse Beauty: My routine – YouTube

This is my FIRST MAKEUP VIDEO and I know i’m kind of sloppy but bear with me, we have a bigger message.BEAUTY IS FOR EVERYONE. DON’T EXCLUDE COMMUNITIES FROM BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR PROMOTIONS AND YOUR PRODUCTS!!

ASAN Condemns Senate Budget Vote

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ASAN condemns the passage of the Senate budget resolution, which would cut $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives in our communities.

Less than one month after the disability community defeated the latest attempt to destroy Medicaid, Congress is at it again. Despite fervent promises to the country, the bill bears a striking resemblance to the widely disavowed White House budget proposal, and replicates the same critical flaws. This partisan attack on our community is being rammed through to pay for a massive tax cut on the wealthiest Americans, at the cost of the lives and liberty of people with disabilities. Real tax reform should benefit all citizens, and cannot not be done by cutting basic programs that support people with disabilities in the community.

While the deepest cuts are hidden behind vague instructions that will lead to unspecified sequestration and severe cuts, we aren’t fooled. The disability community cannot afford this budget. ASAN urges Congress to stop this devastating bill before it can cause real harm and start over with a bipartisan bill that protects basic programs and the lives and well-being of disabled Americans. Our lives are worth more than this.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community run by and for autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.

#ActuallyAutistic Adults | Are We Being Silenced by a Community Business Organization for Profit?

Why are #ActuallyAutistic adults so successfully diminished and minimized by Autism Speaks?

This non-profit organization for Autistics is so powerful our they’ve trampled our #ActuallyAutistics voices and Civil Rights for over a decade now. The rottenness of this community business organization is common knowledge in the Autistic community, and yet it relays like a science-fiction plot to the general neurotypical world.

Why Does Autism Speaks have a Shit-Ton of Money and Power?

Autism Speaks reported a 10 million dollar year-over-year loss in donations for 2016, an 18% reduction. Yup, that’s a helluva lot of money and yet, only 18% loss. Still a shit-ton of money there folks. The loss was reported to changes in the business organization’s MSSNG research program, and a dip in funds raised at the Autism Walks.

And Again . . . no media mention of the #REDinstead campaign and #ActuallyAutistics. You know the folks protesting the fundraising walks and creating awareness of the Autistic Civil Rights Movement? No questions from mainstream media reporters on how the #ActuallyAutistic community feels about the change or the impact felt.

Finally A$ does something to modify their mission — albeit lip service — and #ActuallyAutistic advocates and their impact are still NOT included in the stories.

Of course, A$ never addressed the negative culture, community bashing and hellacious stigma they prompted on #ActuallyAutistic people this past decade with their war to eradicate Autism. Also, no notes to this being the same culture Autistics are still suffering, battling and protesting today.

Pffft, and you know there’s no mention of A$ groupies (converted neurotypical parents) either, that actively claim “Autism” culture as their own, force their version of it down Autistics throats and then bash us for not wanting a “cure.”

This prompts some questions . . . 

  • Do many non-profit organizations use their money and power to actively go against their target demographic, like Autism Speaks does to #ActuallyAutistic?
  • How does a non-profit become this mighty so quickly with fundraising and legislators?
  • Where’s the money coming from and where’s it going?
  • Who profits the most from A$ donations? Which companies/organizations are receiving A$ money?
  • Better yet, this question: How the fuck did this organization become so powerful to silence us all?

Ahhh, let’s go back to the founders – Bob and Suzanne Wright.

Bob Wright was a former NBC executive, president and CEO from 1986 to 2001, and chairman and CEO from 2001 until he retired in 2007. 

Prior to NBC, he held several posts at General Electric in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and served as GE’s vice chairman until he retired from that role in 2008.

Suzanne Wright was his wife. Both were grandparents to an Autistic grandson.

The Wrights’ founded the Autism Speaks organization, within a year became experts on Autism, and then merged with Autism Coalition for Research and Education in 2005, National Alliance for Autism Research in 2006 and Cure Autism Now in 2007.

This here is an attempt to follow the money and the power of The Autistic Silencers. (Or at least start get a visual of what #ActuallyAutistic are up against in their fight to be heard.)

Defining The Autistic Silencers as businesses/organizations/money/power connected to Autism Speaks that are complicit in silencing our #ActuallyAutistic voices. This is the beginning of this project– and the list below is not in anyway complete. More will be added as known.


#ActuallyAutistic Activists VS. The Autistic Silencers 

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Starting with Bob Wright, immediately Autism Speaks is different than other grass-roots organizations. A$ was co-founded by a mighty powerful man in the media industry.

His wife, Suzanne Wright, and his views defined America’s understanding of Autism. Their dark-marketing of the invented Autistic apocalypse created a cult-like following of neurotypical parents that demand their views, beliefs, goals and identity were more important than the #ActuallyAutistic community.

These parents identified with the mission of battling/defeating Autism, identifying themselves as “Autism Families,” and demanding that their invented version of Autistic culture was correct. Even creating a fashion, beauty and lifestyle Autism market geared to non-Autistic parents of Autistic kids.

So here is the wall-of-power related to Bob Wright and A$ (so far) potentially blocking #ActuallyAutistic voices: 

This list is just the start. So far these are companies have direct connections to Bob Wright. These are the voices we’re trying to be louder than — at the very least. Are they suppressing our #ActuallyAutistic voices too? Who makes the most profit from our silence?


Here are a few . . .  this page is work in progress, but starting to see what we’re up against in mainstream media?

 


Partnerships

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“The president made a promise to the late wife of his friend Bob Wright that he would light up the White House in blue if he won the November election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.” – via The Hill


A$ Sponsors

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CPEHN Sponsored Bills on Equity in Mental Health, Health Care, and Transportation Signed Into Law

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October 15th marked the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed during this legislative session. Of the 977 bills sent to his desk, Brown signed 859 bills and vetoed 118. CPEHN is proud to have 3 of our 4 sponsored bills among the bills signed:

  • AB 470 (Arambula), Mental Health Equity Act, will establish robust tracking and evaluation measures to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have timely access to quality mental health services that meet their cultural and language needs. Specifically, for adult specialty mental health, AB 470 would facilitate the improvement of mental health outcomes and the reduction of disparities by implementing a statewide performance and outcomes reporting system including data on utilization, timely access, language access, and quality of care, stratified by race, ethnicity, primary language, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • SB 223 (Atkins), Health Care Non-Discrimination Act, will require all health plans in California, including county-operated mental health plans, to comply with non-discrimination measures, strengthen consumer protections, and align language access standards regardless of changes in federal policy. This bill brings all health plans to the highest standards for providing language assistance and interpretation services for Limited-English Proficient (LEP) individuals. It will also codify key non-discrimination notification provisions from the Affordable Care Act into California state law.
  • AB 179 (Cervantes) Promoting Equity, Health and Diverse Representation in Transportation, co-sponsored by Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice and ClimatePlan, would ensure better representation of climate, equity and environmental justice goals in our state’s transportation programs and policies by requiring the Governor to make every effort to ensure commissioners on the California Transportation Commission (CTC) hold diverse professional and socioeconomic backgrounds, including experience working in or representing disadvantaged communities.

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Nothing Crazy in Vegas to LOL About

 

Please say you’re re-thinking the 5150 lifestyle as a choice to be promoted after Vegas. This the real ugly of “crazy.” 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

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#NeurodiverseFashion #BeautyForAutistics Vlog | Talking Fashion Inspiration, Influencers & Adaptations

Welcome to my first Neurodiverse Fashion & Beauty Vlog.

The Autistic Market is 70 million strong Worldwide.

Autistic women are real and we shop, wear makeup and need to figure wtf is for dinner like every other human on the planet. Continue reading #NeurodiverseFashion #BeautyForAutistics Vlog | Talking Fashion Inspiration, Influencers & Adaptations

Evolution of Eve | I’m Autistic and Proud (poetry/prose)

By Eve Hinson (almost Reiland)

I’m Autistic and proud

Not afraid to talk about it outloud

And why would I fear sharing that I like me?
All of me, especially this neurodiverse brain of me?

I’m savant with creativity, alive with visual language,
forget the super highway — this brain is an information constellation,
technical ancestor, internet goddess, pattern finder and seeker
keyboard warrior and new media memory keeper.

I don’t give a fuck about sports or square root,
but let’s talk HTML, Social media, incredible hair and . . .
Hot damn, just not politics.

At least not until we find the concentric overlap
of neurotypical and autistic, and define
the shared spectrum of communication
Before we debate this kind of shit.

I’m Autistic and proud

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Why Promote & Normalize Them? | Neurotypical Women Bashing an Autistic For Being Featured in Vogue

Milan Fashion Week’s Biggest Model Wants to Change the Way We Think About Asperger’s

Few people had a busier Milan Fashion Week than Nina Marker, the Danish top model who has been present for the week’s biggest events. Whether she was stomping down the runway with the supermodels at Versace, joining the crowd at Angela Missoni’s 20th anniversary collection, or walking for Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi, Marker made her mark.

Given her schedule, it would have been easy for Marker to focus solely on the job, but just before Max Mara, she used Instagram to deliver a hopeful message. Sporting a T-shirt that read “Bee Kind, I Have Autism,” Marker reminded her followers that those on the neurodevelopmental disorder’s spectrum are more than capable of achieving their dreams. “It’s possible for us to be successful and have a good time,” she wrote in the caption. “Stay safe and protect your mind.” . . . Read full story. Continue reading Why Promote & Normalize Them? | Neurotypical Women Bashing an Autistic For Being Featured in Vogue

Culture Clash | Autistic Erasure Starts At Home

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This meme is an example of Autistic co-opting, appropriation and erasure. 

Actual basic available options:

  • Autisic parent of Autistics.
  • Neurotypical parent of Autistics.

I am an Autistic mom to 2 Autistic kiddos and 1 Neurotypical kiddo. 

Terms like Autism family, autism parent, autism dad and autism mom — NO. That’s co-opting and erasure. Continue reading Culture Clash | Autistic Erasure Starts At Home