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I want to be wrong about Julia

24 Mar

Source: I want to be wrong about Julia

I agree with this so much. Sesame Street is quality children’s programming. It manages to teach good lessons, keep kids interested, and be enjoyable enough for parents to watch with their kids. I watched it as a kid and am impressed that it is one of the few shows from my childhood that is still on the air. Thus, it is disappointing for me to see an autistic character portrayed this way.

 

An Open Letter to People Magazine

1 Aug

I lost a lot of respect for People Magazine when they posted that article. This is the article is the one I have been waiting for.

Aspie Catholic

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Image Description: A boy is kneeling and has blue masking tape and wears a necklace with the autism neurodiversity symbol on it. Next to him is Suzanne Wright, the head of Autism Speaks. She has an unkind expression and is saying “They’re voiceless, the poor things.” Credit is Idrawhumans.

To Whom it May Concern,
First of all, I never read your magazine. Celebrity gossip doesn’t interest me. However, when I saw one of your articles for your July 1, 2015 issue, I had to respond.
Autism Speaks is “Crusading” Against autism? How dare you? Do you realize what you are implying? A crusade is a holy war. You are implying that autism is akin to cancer. Like Suzanne Wright, the head of Autism Speaks–who you interviewed, you are saying that autistic people like myself are better off dead. Do you seriously believe that a person who is diagnosed with autism…

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A is for Acceptance

2 Apr

This. So much this. This is on point and exactly why I dislike the idea of Autism “Awareness.”

Why I am Against Autism Speaks (and you should be, too)

31 Mar

The Caffeinated Autistic

Edit 6/20/14 I have updated this and created a new and hopefully better sourced and easier to read document.  Please go here:

http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/new-autism-speaks-masterpost-updated-62014/

(TW: Ableism) Autism Speaks is the most well-known autism charity.  They have the most media coverage and are endorsed by many celebrities, but this certainly does not make them a good organization.

  • Autism Speaks does not have a single autistic member on their board.
  • Autism Speaks only spends 4% of their budget on “family services”.
  • Much of Autism Speaks’ money goes toward research, and much of that research centers on finding a way to eliminate autism, and thus, autistics (which will likely be done through a prenatal test, in the same way that the Down’s Syndrome test is conducted).
  • Autism Speaks produces advertisments, small films, etc. about what a burden autistic people are to society.
  • Autism Speaks was responsible for “Autism Every Day”, which featured a…

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Watch Meghan Trainor Perform An Incredible Acoustic Cover Of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

18 Sep

This is amazing!

People's Choice

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We certainly do not want to cause any treble, but Meghan Trainor’s acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is absolutely amazing!

Trainor, whose own catchy tune “All About That Bass” is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list for the second straight week, provided her own unique twist on the Taylor Swift single by performing a stripped down version during a recent appearance on the Dan and Maz radio show.

If you listen closely, you can even hear Trainor singing to Taylor Swift around the 2:11 mark of the video.

“So Taylor, shake ’em off
Don’t let ’em get to ya
Go ahead and dance like there ain’t nobody watchin’ ya”‘

Swift unveiled “Shake It Off” during a Yahoo livestream last month and said the song was inspired by some tough lessons she’s learned this past year.

“People…

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My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me

23 Sep

My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me

Teaching: you’re doing it wrong (in my opinion). When I was in grade school, I was fortunate enough to have teachers that made sure we were understanding the material and not just memorizing facts. 

Here’s my stance on homework: Homework is beneficial in small amounts, especially for subjects with complex concepts, like math and foreign languages. Teachers should give a small amount of homework to aid in their students’ understanding of the concepts (and for “free points”). Subjects like math take a lot of practice before they become easy.

Would You Take A Bad Amazon Marketplace Review Down For A Refund?

11 Sep

I had someone offer me a discount to take down my neutral review. If I do, I feel like it kind of defeats the purpose of the feedback feature, but I’m kind of a goody-goody.

Consumerist

T. ordered a replacement power adapter for his MacBook from an Amazon Marketplace seller. He was under the impression that it was a genuine Apple product, but the $35 price tag probably should have been an indication that it wasn’t. The item arrived, worked okay, and then T. accidentally broke it. Two months after he left a tepidly negative review, he heard from the seller, offering a refund to encourage him to remove his negative feedback. Coincidentally, the seller had received a huge increase in negative feedback in the period since T’s purchase. What would you do?

T. writes:

Here is my ethical question of the day. I recently bought a power adapter for my MacBook from an Amazon Marketplace. I got a real deal(red flag) and received the item. The item did work, but it obviously not an Apple original due to the fit and finish of the product…

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