Autism Speaks in 2018: Frankly, I’m Torn

I deeply considered ignoring the topic of Autism Speaks altogether while showing my support for those organizations [Autistic Self Advocacy Network / Autism Women’s Network]. 

But the topic of Autism Speaks is so loud, be it through Autism Speaks’s own media and awareness campaigns, including torrents of celebrity support, or through the yearly lashback against Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks is going to be discussed pervasively, in intense detail, one way or another on April 2nd (World Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day). So I almost feel like I have to take a side — are they a flawed but well-meaning organization bringing light to an important cause, or are they still working against the best interest of autistic people and should be shunned? Do I actively and personally try to turn others away from donating to Autism Speaks, or do I leave them be while promoting different organizations? 


Disability Day Of Mourning 2018

I know that the last thing anyone wants to hear about after an already devasting year is more violence. I, for one, am worn out by the constant tragedy and chaos. But we must keep talking about this. Both for the sake of the people who lost their lives, lives full of value and meaning… Continue reading Disability Day Of Mourning 2018


“Support Needs” And Why That Makes More Sense To Me Than “High/Low Functioning” or “Mild/Severe”.

No system that attempts to place people into neat little boxes is going to be perfect…. But if we have to have a quick label to slap on someone (and let’s face it: human nature often compels us to do just that), if we must reduce the complexity of a person’s lived experiences and strengths and weaknesses and areas of difficulties and areas of triumphs and all of that to a digestible, comparable phrase, “support needs” seems like a step in a better direction — one that focuses on something we can do, something we can act upon, something that suggests that better days may be ahead with better supports. 


What I Would Have Missed If I Had Taken My Life In 2017

This year was NOT the year that Things Got Better (TM).

But had I given up on this year and on myself, I would have missed so, so much more than the pain.


I hope that you, too, stay to see what 2018 has to offer. I hope that 2018 brings you so much prosperity, so much love, so much splendor, so much happiness, and so much of everything that makes a year great. 

Happy New Year’s, Pecan Family! 


One Year Out Of College: A Reflection

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a tad bit (and many days more than just a tad bit) disappointed in myself. 

But I’d also be lying if I said that I wasn’t a tad bit proud of myself.


Forgiving Yourself For Not Being The Person You Wanted Yourself To Be

There’s beauty in me yet. Not because of what I’ve done, what I plan to do, or what I’m actually capable of doing, but because of what I am; a person, a human, a member of the human community. There’s beauty in you yet, too, as the human being that you are. Please don’t give up finding it and celebrating it.


Resources For Floods, Hurricanes, and Natural Disasters

If you are in Texas and are in need of immediate rescue: “The National Guard is being deployed to our Texas area. If you find yourself in a state of emergency. Call (281) 558-1742. ” Keep tabs on the most recent happenings with Hurricane Harvey and the rescue/recovery efforts currently happening with that with the… Continue reading Resources For Floods, Hurricanes, and Natural Disasters