Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rhapsody is a Kitty & He Needs Help.

This is Rhapsody:

I met Rhapsody at Autreat last summer-he was there in training as a service kitty, along with his littermate. I hit my wall very suddenly & unexpectedly and was crying about missing my cat & wanting to go home to my cat, & Rhapsody's human, Jim Sinclair brought *a* cat--Rhapsody. And Rhapsody allowed me to cuddle him while kind of crying so hard I was shaking and it's totally not a cat's favorite at all, to be loved on by someone melting down, right? But he cuddled and purred and probably saved my next 12-24 hours.

Well, now Rhapsody needs help. He's been having scary episodes of respiratory distress and has spent time in the kitty ER. The kitty ER, like the human ER, is both expensive and for stabilization purposes only. In order to figure out exactly what is wrong and to treat it, Rhapsody needs an alveolar wash. And he needs it as soon as possible-without it, there is no knowing what is wrong, and the respiratory crises are scary and one could be fatal.

And this, my friends, other readers, cat lovers, is where you come in:

If you can afford to donate, follow the instructions in this facebook note.

It is very important that you mark that it is for Rhapsody. Otherwise the funds go into a general fund, which is a worthy cause but will not go to this particular worthy cause.

Please 'like' Moosepuppy Animal Rescue and share, as well as the event 24 hour fundraising push for Rhapsody. And share share share.

Tweet, tumbl, facebook, please spread the word. I know that for many of you disposable income is not a thing-but someone in your network might be able to help.

Purkinje & GABA are hoping Rhapsody gets the treatment he needs:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guest blog-Smother Autism? Are you fucking serious?

This is a guest blog from occasional contributer Gen Eric. I lend my blog sometimes as a platform for other Autistics to say things that need to be said and heard. I appreciate Gen Eric writing on such a triggering topic, so that I do not have to.
TW for abuse, ableism, murder, behaviorism

A Colorado-based Mexican Restaurant is asking it's customers to help “smother autism.” No, you did not fucking read that wrong. “Illegal Pete's” promises to donate a dollar for every “smothered burrito”(apparently this is a Colorado thing) purchased this April to the Joshua School, an ABA facility. We will leave aside for this post the racism of the name, and get down to celebrating the cruelest month in style.

The school's website www.joshuaschool.org reveals a pretty standard-issue ABA program. That in and of itself is harder to criticize without more knowledge: partially because the terms they use are almost scarily vague; and partially because ABA is the Borg of autism “treatments,” assimilating anything that can be called teaching or therapy under its own heading. Like all ABA practitioners they have their cultlike zeal for terms like “evidence based” and “clinically proven,” but if you want a proper thorough takedown of ABA, read The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists by Michelle Dawson. It does seem like their near-exclusive focus on normalization at Joshua School is depriving their students of any kind of actual education (you know, that thing schools are supposed to provide), and their site also talks about “children age 6-21,” making it clear that they see grown godfuckingdamned adults as children by virtue of their disability.

I don't know how many of you attended vigils for Autistic and otherwise-disabled people murdered by parents and caregivers, but it's a lot. And it seems like one of the most jolly-fucking-common ways to do it is smothering. Autistics are smothered all the time: at home; in institutions; in schools. Hell, I came dangerously close to being one of them, and if I hadn't been able to make out the words “I can't fucking breathe you asshole,” I might not be here today (a simple “I can't breathe” was ignored). In case you were wondering, our killers typically get off with, at most, a slap on the wrist. The language of combat/war/attacking/killing/smothering autism absotively posilutely emboldens the next would-be murderer.

When confronted about this, Illegal Pete's will go on and on about their “good intentions.” Yeah, not fucking good enough, road to hell and all that lovely shit. Raising money, even if this was a good cause (which it does not seem to be), would still not justify a title that belittles actual abuse and murder of our people. And raising the all-holy “awareness” is not only unproductive but counterproductive for our actual interests. In case you were living on another planet for the past few decades, awareness kills, and every time you raise awareness of how horrible our neurology is, and how we are evil changelings that stole someone's real child, you make the world that much more dangerous for us. And if that wasn't your intent, and you really weren't aware that “smothering autism” is one of the most problematic things you could ever say (even though The Google is totes a thing), the only appropriate response when confronted about it is “oh shit, we didn't know, let's fix it.”

Autistics get smothered on a regular basis, and making an event title that belittles it in that way (and don't even mention your intentions; your explanation is heard and rejected) is unfuckingacceptable.