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Una persona speciale

Da che ho ricordi, mio padre quando non comprendeva le mie scelte, i miei comportamenti o i miei punti di vista quando si discuteva, terminava immancabilmente con un “tu sei tutto speciale”. Non era un complimento ma la presa d’atto, rassegnata, del mio essere differente, di non essere mai dove ci si aspettava fossi, del violare sempre le aspettative sue, familiari e sociali. Era una chiara dichiarazione di incomprensione che si leggeva chiaramente nel suo sguardo, uno sguardo che esprimeva il dubbio, l’incertezza, di aver davanti suo figlio e non un essere completamente estraneo.

Speciale è un attributo che spesso viene appiccicato addosso agli autistici, in particolare segue il sostantivo bambino o ragazzo. Quel termine suona come il “tu sai chi” di Potteriana memoria, per non nominare l’innominabile. Rappresenta il sacro timore che le nostre paure si staglino, col loro orrore, davanti ai nostri occhi.

Definire speciale una persona autistica significa ammettere di vergognarsi della sua condizione, ammettere di non accettarla e soprattutto ammettere di non comprenderla, di non avere nemmeno la vaga idea di cosa sia.

Il termine viene quasi esclusivamente utilizzato da persone non autistiche ed in particolare da genitori o operatori e medici. Mai ho sentito una persona autistica utilizzarla se non per significare il senso vero del termine.

Speciale è l’evidenza schiacciante che l’autismo non è accettato, che non è accettata la disabilità, la differenza, la divergenza, che tutto ciò che non è normale è volgarmente “speciale”, perché innominabile.

Le cose vanno vanno chiamate col loro nome, non esistono bambini “speciali”, esistono bambini autistici, nelle varie sfumature dello spettro e tutti assolutamente normali, banalmente persone.

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When It’s Meant To Be Pt.2

Impostor Syndrome: the feeling that your achievements are not real or that you do not deserve praise or success (Cambridge Dictionary)

The past few years have felt like it. I get a seat at the table and sometimes I wonder if I was invited to fill a quota or because I truly belong. Did they bump someone else for me, or did I really earn it?

Every time I get asked for my opinion, to lead, to speak, or provide my expertise I stress for weeks, days, and hours on end hoping that I don’t let anyone down because opportunities like these don’t come very often to women like me. Sometimes, getting doubted, discriminated, and made fun of almost feels more appropriate than when no one flinches an eyelash wondering why I’m there. 

Except I do belong. And I have earned it. And I want to be able to help more young women get rid of these doubts society continues to impose on us because they think we don’t belong.

Last week I finally sent my farewell email to our supporters and partners. The reaction was completely unexpected. I didn’t think people paid attention to my newsletter, but to my surprise, there were calls, and texts and emails. People asking me if I was ok, wishing me the best, and really saying how much they would miss me. People thanking me for my work. Saying I’ve left a mark and would leave big shoes to fill (many folks got a kick out of that one). As much as my first instinct was to doubt myself, I thought about how they have known me for a year and have witnessed my work as a true professional. They aren’t doing me any favors and yet, I still find it hard to believe. 

I’ve always had big dreams. Dreams to bring change and make the world a better place for others. When I finally got that opportunity, I decided I would take it because MY lived experiences matter. The experiences of those I haven’t met matter. Fighting for women and girls matters. How incredible is it that I have the opportunity to fight for young mothers, system-involved girls, and girls in foster care. Man, I’m so ready to show up and sit at the table like it’s my house. 

My new adventure begins March 11th. I can’t wait. 

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Meet Amy Bockerstette, a golfer who was the first person with Down syndrome to earn a full athletic scholarship! Amy is proving stereotypes wrong every day! 💙💛 #savedownsyndrome #advocacy #tellmewhatyoustandfor #disabilityrights #downsyndrome #specialneedsrights #morealikethandifferent #inclusionmatters #nonprofit #downrightperfect #theluckyfew #inclusion #21reasonswhy #ndss #ndsc #endlawsyndrome #spreadthewordtoendtheword #reecesrainbow #disabilityrightsinternational #imnotamememovement #organdiscriminationmovement @repostit_app
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Nabaasa Innocent, Co-founder, Fabs Organization

Uganda

Growing up seeing girls drop out of school, forced into marriage and sometimes chased from their home due to an unwanted pregnancy, motivated me to work towards encouraging family planning among married women and youth.

I am working towards a world where adolescents and young women have access to information, knowledge, and family planning services. A world where women and girls decide when and how many children to have. A world where a woman is free to choose her preferred choice of family planning.

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Costase Ndayishimiye, Women Deliver Young Leader

Rwanda

I work with a local NGO that works on sexual and reproductive health of young people, especially with adolescent and blahalized people. I wanted to focus on those groups of people, because they are left behind regarding sexual and reproductive health. Too many people think they don’t need to know about their sexuality and they tend to reject them from society. For instance, if it’s a disabled person, people might think he doesn’t want to get married. Those people grew up with social exclusion – that’s why I want to work with them, so they can be included into society. We especially work with youth, because they want to be active citizens. We are working on advocacy and policy, and we focus on those who are socially rejected – blahalized people, disabled people.

We have seen that social rejection for blahalized people is a big problem, not only here in Rwanda, but all over the world. We have been working on recommendations, recommending that governments work on social inclusion. I want to take pride in my country – so that’s why I want to work with blahalized people.

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Pro-LGBTQ laws outpaced anti-LGBTQ laws in 2018, report finds

State bills advancing LGBTQ rights outpaced those seeking to thwart them in 2018, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group. 

Last year, 21 of the 201 pro-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures became law, while just two of the 110 anti-LGBTQ bills did, according to HRC’s recently released 2018 State Equality Index. Advocates of LGBTQ rights fared much better last year when compared to the year prior: In 2017, 129 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced and 12 were passed.

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Hey y’all! I wanted to ask if you guys could send me ways or things that you like to do when you’re feeling sad or anxious?

I’ve been wanting to compile a list like this for some of my clients and I just want to know what works for you all.

You can send them to my inbox on or off anon ❣️

Really just trying to spread more awareness on self care and soothing techniques.

Got oomf on twitter into spideytorch and now they’re wrting a fic with andrew garfield’s spider-man and michael b jordan’s johnny storm

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🚨PROGRESS ALERT🚨Chris González is the first person with Down syndrome to own a business in Puerto Rico! His mother taught him to cook when he was younger, which sparked his love of cooking! After graduating with a culinary arts degree, Chris started his food truck, CHRISin Limites! Chris is proving stereotypes wrong every day, and showing the world that people with Down syndrome can do anything! You’re awesome, Chris! 👍💙💛 #savedownsyndrome #advocacy #tellmewhatyoustandfor #disabilityrights #downsyndrome #specialneedsrights #morealikethandifferent #inclusionmatters #nonprofit #downrightperfect #theluckyfew #inclusion #21reasonswhy #ndss #ndsc #endlawsyndrome #spreadthewordtoendtheword #reecesrainbow #disabilityrightsinternational #imnotamememovement #organdiscriminationmovement #chrisinlimites #chrisgonzalez #chefchrisgonzalez @repostit_app
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Happy Black History Month! 

HuffPost is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting important narratives with the theme Black History Built This.

We’re celebrating the black history makers of today – like Danielle Brooks, above, who is using her voice to help pave the way for curvy, dark-skinned actresses. Check out her story here.

And Kid Fury, who discussed with us how comedy saved his life, that black people should have free therapy and his production with Lena Waithe. Read the interview here.

We also spoke with Raquel Willis, who talked about finding her activist roots in the church, urging the world to show up for black trans women and marrying her advocacy work with journalism. Read more here.

Check back in for more amazing Black History Built This interviews throughout the month of February.