Oh my gosh. I had no idea this was going to get around the way it has. I thought I’d just say hello to you all, and thank you for appreciating my post. I wrote a comment on a Think Progress story and decided to make a blog post out of it because I was livid. It came out in maybe ten minutes, tops – it’s just so important to me that anti-vaxxers know what their opinions do to autistic people. We deserve more than to be collateral damage in some war on the government. We’re whole, entire people – yes, even the nonverbal among us. We deserve dignity, autonomy and respect, and when someone isn’t giving that to us, they generally have me to deal with.
I don’t post very often compared to some other autistic people, usually once a month or so. I write legal copy for a living and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to post about such serious and personal topics that usually crop up in the autistic rights movement. But when I do post, I work hard to make it good. I hope you stick around. 🙂
No, this isn’t a new blog. I wanted to let my followers know that I’m retooling a bit. This is still where you’ll be able to read my thoughts about autism and all things autistic – but I’m more than just autistic, and thus I need my blog to reflect my whole identity. So, I’m getting a new name.
I identify a lot with the Beatles song “The Fool on The Hill”. Because of my autism, my being female, my being fat, my relationship with Judaism, whatever – people look past me a lot. They make fun of me or ignore me. But I see the world differently than they do. And the title seemed to fit.
If you’re not familiar with the song, I’ve tried to embed it below. If that doesn’t work, you can click here to visit the page.
This blog will cover posts about everything, like I originally intended it to. I’ll still tag my autism posts as ‘autism’ so if you’re not interested in anything else, you can get what you’d like. But I certainly hope you’ll stick around.
I would be remiss if I didn’t comment briefly on this: I got some truly lovely, thoughtful comments about my piece on Hannibal‘s Will Graham. I am so grateful for the kind words, and for those of you who have asked, I did tweet the link to Bryan Fuller. I also intend to snail-mail it to his and Hugh Dancy’s addresses, but beyond that I confess I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to get it out there. If anyone has any suggestions or connections that’s great, but until then I’ll do my best.
Representation in media is something that matters to me, and I’ve written in the past about it. There will also be new posts on general autistic matters coming, but there’s been some health scares and craziness in my house lately, so I have just not had the spoons. Watch this space, as they say.