There have been a number of Autistic people who through their writing or by meeting them have greatly influenced my thinking and radically changed how I view autism. Through their writing and/or our direct interactions I began to question everything I thought I knew. I began to see that so much of the information I’d been given was false. It was because of these people that I have a level of understanding about the problems with *functioning labels, the problematic issues surrounding *segregating Autistic children from other non Autistic children not only in the classroom, but in life. I have a better understanding about how *important the words used to describe autism and Autistic people can do tremendous damage or, conversely shift the conversation to one of better understanding and progress.
*I have put related posts below for each of these topics.
All of this brings me to Ibby.
Ibby was/is someone who radically changed my thinking, and continues to change how I think about autism and my daughter. I have written about Ibby before ‘here‘ and ‘here‘. We met at a disabilities conference not quite a year ago, where she was presenting. Ib has changed my life. I don’t know how else to describe someone who is not only a close friend, but who has patiently advised me, explained things that I didn’t understand, didn’t judge me, never shamed me, but instead was kind, loving, compassionate and very, very patient with me. For those of you not familiar with Ibby, I hope you’ll go to her blog and read her writing. If there is one thing I would like to see change regarding autism”awareness”, it is that the public become familiar with Autistic people like Ibby, who are tirelessly speaking out and patiently trying to bridge the massive gap between public perception surrounding autism and Autistic people, and reality.
There are a number of people who have been crucial in influencing me, Ibby is one of them.
- I Think I Finally Understand…
- Wretches and Jabberers – Defying Labels
- Sleepovers and the Importance of Inclusion
- Henry Makes Waves
- Autistic Role Models and Mentoring
- Autism Assumptions and Misperceptions