AutCom update


I’m going to be presenting as part of a panel on “Real Supports: What Helps, What Doesn’t”. I was told the other panelists’ names by Phil Schwarz (so blame his bad memory, not mine), who told me that the other panelists are: Phil Schwarz, Barb Moran, and a guy whose name he couldn’t remember. Four of us total so far.

I already know Phil. I don’t know Barb Moran (except in the “friend of a friend” sort of way), but I’ve written snailmail to her once in the past because of a great chapter she did in the book Sharing Our Wisdom. I look forward to hearing what she has to say about supports, especially as a fellow institution survivor who writes very well about the environment in those places (which, although 30 or 40 years apart from my experiences, differs little from the environments I saw). I also look forward to meeting the other guy even though I have no clue who he is since Phil didn’t know. All I know is he uses FC.

I do not look forward to the fact that I’m now writing a mini-speech at the same time as trying to pack and make arrangements for my animals. Laura thinks I have lost my mind and says pretty soon she’s going to pretend not to know me, presumably in the middle of a meltdown. But I’m oddly looking forward to this all anyway. Regardless of the fact that, if I had any hair, I’d be tearing it out in a few days.


About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Developmentally disabled, physically and cognitively disabled. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died in 2014 and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

7 responses »

  1. You panel seems very useful. I hope the whole panel’s speeches could maybe be posted somewhere afterwards.

    And i hope for you to have a smooth trip and that it goes (even) better than you expect.

  2. I’m sorry, I must be misunderstanding something I read on your website earlier:

    June 25, 2006
    NPR show time seems definite now.

    June 18, 2006
    My Autistic Pride Day post
    Which said: Last week I got called kind of at the last minute to do an interview with NPR

  3. Today is sure my day not to be able to remember who did what! I was trying to find something that I think you or Joel or ? wrote, I remember but can’t find it anywhere.

    It was soemthing on how even if a person is saying words, or typing, that doesn’t mean they can necessarily express everything they want to say. Anyone have any ideas where this was?

  4. Oh, that was when I was interviewed along with several other autistic people for an article on the autistic pride movement. It was mostly about GRASP, I had a sentence or two in the final edit as I recall. I can’t even remember the title of the thing at the moment but it’s archived on the NPR website somewhere.

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