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. Physically and cognitively disabled. Anything you hear in the media or gossip is likely to be oversimplified at best and wildly inaccurate at worst, the only way to get to know me is to actually know me. 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 a couple years ago 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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