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Farewell, Dear Friend

Today I’m not writing about Rion.  Instead my condolences go out to Chris Samuel who begun the next leg of his life’s journey without his dear wife and world recognized autism advocate Donna Williams aka Polly Samuel.

I doesn’t want to tell people what to think or feel.  What I will say is that if you doesn’t know much about Donna William aka Polly Samuel, do an Internet search.

She were one of the first autistics to let the world know what it were like to be a person living with autism.  She wrote books like “Nobody Nowhere” and “Somebody Somewhere” and made music and art.

What I has to say pales in comparison to how Chris Samuel wrote about his beloved wife who passed from cancer.  His words is found on her website as the final entry.  Please read them.


Autism and Easter

I just got back from a lovely Easter celebration with friends and family, and I has to say that it were a charm to see all them kids falling over theirselves trying to collect all the hidden goodies in the backyard where we was at.  But it also got me to thinking.

What if the Easter Bunny brought autism instead of sweets?  Would all them parents be shouting at their  kids to go out and get as much as they could find?  Or would them same parents be grabbing their children to make sure they wasn’t exposed and contaminated by autism?

I’m guessing they’d be legging it to their estate cars and tearing through zebra crossings headed towards the nearby motorway.

And that poor defenseless bunny rabbit would get his self singed, gutted, and trussed for daring to bring autism to the party.

Here’s the strange thing about all that:  Isn’t that what’s got done to poor Rion McNeally?  He’s like that poor little beast except Rion McNeally don’t give autism to people.  He brings autism to the conversation about autistic rights, and he does that as a person what’s got autism, not someone what’s on the outside looking in at autism.

So tonight when you goes to bed and you and your partner is thinking about all them wonderful chocolates the Easter Bunny brought your kids, think about what would’ve happened if the Easter Bunny brought autism instead of sweets.  Would the Easter Bunny find his self locked up in East Burmington Hospital alongside Rion McNeally?

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Enough Blame To Go Around

I were on Facebook the other day and there were this autism group what was discussing a problem at one of them All-In playgrounds for special needs children what includes autistics.  A mum said her and her son was shamed because her son pushed another child down a slide.

Now I weren’t there (seeing as it all happened in America and not over here) so I doesn’t know anything more than what people is saying but seems to me there’s enough blame to go around.

First of all, it’s one of them All-In playgrounds for special needs children so that means all them children might have special needs, and it’s a safe bet that most of them does.  That means that the autistic boy what pushed the other child down the slide is special needs, and probably that child what got pushed down the slide is special needs.

We all knows why the autistic boy was there so I has to chalk up the other parents’ reaction to shock and all.  Of course, maybe it weren’t shock and when the parents asked why he were there, maybe they meant why were he there with his mum not closer than she were.

She says her son were on the slide and rolling around.  That’s not safe.  If the boy fell off the slide from all that rolling around, he might’ve broke his neck in the fall.  Anyway, his feet hit the other child and she went down the slide.  It don’t matter if the little girl were badly hurt on her body because if she were special needs maybe she were badly hurt emotionally.

Some kids takes a while to internalize what happens to them and then they’re terrified to do anything again because of that.  The mum of the autistic boy got no right to say the other child weren’t hurt.  Maybe she were and the mum of the autistic boy don’t know it.

The mum of the autistic boy said the girl weren’t crying.  If she knows anything about autism, she knows that some autistics is hyposensitive and that means they doesn’t cry right away even when they is badly hurt.  They is internalizing what they is feeling, if anything, before reacting.

So maybe Cooper’s mum should stick closer to Cooper when he is out in public so them sort of things doesn’t happen again.  It’d be safer for Cooper and safer for them what’s close to Cooper.


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