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.
I am proud of both of my children as I have mentioned before on this blog. This week I am particularly grateful for and proud of how mature my daughter has become. We enrolled her in a prestigious private school when she was five. This was before she had the diagnosis of Asperger’s.
She has done extremely well academically, yet we had recent struggles related to past bullying at her school and years of being misunderstood. She made a difficult decision this week and handled it with great maturity for any child who is fifteen years old, let alone a fifteen year old on the autism spectrum. We have encouraged her to become her own advocate and she has. She even met with and politely informed the Dean of her school of her decision and the reason behind it. Both her dad and I are so proud of her and stand behind her decision 100 percent.