Laura Nagle At Pacific Rim Conference ©Delightfully Different Life
Those of you who actually read my blog know who Laura is already, but here are two prior posts about her for any who missed them:
- Helping Fund the Dialogue to Improve Our Children’s Future
- Three Voices of Inspiration: Promoting Accommodation, Acceptance and Appreciation of Differences
The documentary, Vectors of Autism is now available for purchase. Its beautiful cinematography, animation, and music score help to bring Laura’s inspirational story to life, as she identifies the challenges she has faced and offers hope and insights to others. The documentary is worth every penny!
Go to: http://lauranagle.net/Film.htm to purchase!
I spent two days exhibiting at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity surrounded by people with talents beyond my dreams. These are great minds that work harder than most just to be heard. They have greater capabilities and bigger hearts than those who try to keep them down by failing to accommodate them and by failing to see the beauty of their souls.
I met an inspiring young woman, Jocelyn Davis who wrote a children’s book There Will Always be Love...Read More over at Blessed Elements where I am guest posting.
Grace is featuring autism related give-aways and other bloggers for the month of April for Autism Awareness Month.
Today I am grateful for support and understanding. Thank you to all of you who have e-mailed Fox and blogged about the recent Glee episode. I sincerely hope they respond in some way and try to make things right.
I want to make clear that the opinions I express on this blog are my opinions not my daughter’s. There are times we see eye to eye and there are times we do not. Therefore, I ask that you do not try to drag her into the campaign to e-mail Fox. She is choosing to stay out of this and I ask that you respect her wishes.
Now, I know there are those of you who will ask why I am doing this if she is not on board with this cause. My reason is simple. I cannot be a quiet bystander when I feel something is wrong and my views of the world as an adult are different from my views at age sixteen. This is not to say my daughter is wrong and I am right for that is not the way I see it. Rather what I see is that in our generation there were people who thought Archie Bunker on All in the Family was funny and there were people who found it offensive. Some who thought it was funny still find it humorous and others no longer do.
Everyone has a right to their opinions. However, laughing at a group that is vulnerable should never be okay in my book and Allen Frances’ very public opinion that many with an Asperger’s diagnosis do not really have it and those who make very public comments that people with Asperger’s use it as an excuse for bad behavior makes this group vulnerable. Therefore calling someone “self diagnosed” does not negate the harm done to those with a diagnosis of Asperger’s. The writers of Glee need to show tolerance for this vulnerable group.
The audio of the radio show I mentioned in my post earlier this week:
Overcoming Fear for a Cause | dswalkerauthor.
is now available.
The Body Show – February 7 2011.
FYI: Try not to notice the fear in my voice in the beginning of the show. It did get better thank God! I was fortunate because Todd Addelson, M. S. , BCBA, who was also a guest, carried the beginning of the show with our wonderful host, Dr. Kathy Kozak while I reminded myself to breathe so I could actually speak. I did get over this as we talked and I began to relax and enjoy our interaction. Listen and let me know what you think of my first ever radio experience.
Addendum: The Podcast is no longer available.