Flashing back on a week of blog posts
ince last week’s flash blog on “autistic people should,” I’ve been reading a lot more autism blogs, including many more by people on the spectrum . Hands down, this is my favorite, by Dude, I’m an Aspie.
With humor, Aspie gently exposes some of the justified, but perhaps over-the-top indignation that inspired the flash blog to begin with.
As a mom to a child who has autism, I understand the need to go on offense. Sometimes it’s necessary. I stand behind my original post, autistic people should be welcome. I agree with many of the other flash blog posts, particularly this one: Autistic people should get credit where credit is due.
So here’s my post for this week’s flash blog, which reflects back “people-first” language: Austistic people are people.
Male people, mostly. But female people, too. Young people are who you hear about, mostly. But old people, too. White people are who you see, mostly. But black people and Latino people and Asian people, too. Right-handed people and left-handed people. Spicy-food-loving people and meat-and-potatoes people. Brunette and blond and red-haired people. You get the point.
They’re people, people. Now go hang out together.