Alright. I’ll level with you. The reason I am so pro-vaccine is the apparent hatred of autism from those anti-vaxxer parents. It feels like they would rather have a dead child than an autistic one. I am the worst-case scenario for them. I am the root of all their fear. I am a monster.
I’m sure you know by now that there is a play that makes the one autistic character a puppet. That is problematic. Let me explain: Turning the one different character into a puppet only makes them not human. It gives the play a sense that there is an alien among them. And, since that alien is autistic, I am an alien too. Of course, now the United States lock aliens in cages.
Some people say this is like Julia from Sesame Street. However, I disagree. On Sesame Street, puppets and monsters living there are a way of life. They are treated with the same respect that any human is. Coming back to Julia, she was given an introductory episode with all her traits outside. Most Sesame Street characters appear through various points in the show, and are treated as regulars.
Of course, maybe they tried to avoid casting an autistic actor, or a non-autistic actor in an autistic role. I’ve got a request: Let’s do better. If you can’t find an autistic boy to play the role, find an autistic girl. If the role is “too adult,” get an adult autistic actor to play the child. No offense to the play producers, but making a person a puppet to stand them out is wrong. It dehumanizes them.
I figured out why I was so moody and cranky earlier today. I’m not doing well physically. Shortly after I finished my earlier reporting, I got a strong headache and had to lay down for the morning. Fortunately, I cold cook breakfast and walk the dog as usual a little later on. Eventually, my mother and I went out and enjoyed a good steak dinner. So, any argument against the mind-body connection? It will make you look like a flat earther to me.
For some reason, Valentine’s Day is hitting me hard this year. Yes, I’m single, but it has not bothered me before. I remember last year that my dog was my Valentine. I think he will be that again this year. Fortunately, I think some strategies will help me get through it this year:
Medicines: I will take my medicines, thank you, and move on.
Bask in Others’ Love: This has helped me before.
No Alcohol: People have used alcohol to cope with singlehood and loneliness before, but in my case, I fear I will take it much too far. Besides, I need to deal with my feelings head on.
Don’t Believe the Hype: I wonder how many people will end up sleeping on the couch due to a fight tonight? A day for romance can take place at any time of the year.
Hopefully, these stratagems will help. I will report the results later on.
Let’s talk about some inventors. Here are a few names:
Garrett A. Morgan.
The first three were white. The last one was black.
So, what did Garrett A. Morgan invent that would put him in the company of the likes of Thomas Edison? HINT: you look at it every time you stop at an intersection.
Mr. Morgan gave the traffic light the yellow light, as a “warning” position to prevent accidents. (Many people use this light to gun it out of the intersection, though.) He also discovered hair straightener and a type of smoke hood for rescue workers. I also think it’s funny that he needs Black History Month to be remembered. I dislike that fact entirely.
Funny, I bet you that Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Elon Musk do not need a White History Month to be remembered. You more than likely know these guys’ names by heart. But not Garrett Morgan.
One final note: Have you noticed that February, aka Black History Month, is THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR? I have. This fact notes the racism behind assigning months.
My point is, when people remember inventor Garrett Morgan, the inventor of the current traffic light, as much as we remember Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, then we can talk about having a White History Month, or getting rid of History Months.
So, come on, quit your whining about not having a White History Month because you don’t need one.
Groot, Drax and the Blue Power Ranger are here to say hi!
These are characters that portray living with autism in a positive light. This group is as diverse a cast of characters as you can get, as far as I am concerned.
Groot and his kind are basically sentient tree beings. He is basically nonverbal. (Much respect to Vin Diesel, who provides his vocal and emotional talents. I’d like to see his scripts.)
Drax, who I am not sure if he is the last of his kind, got his cred from an autistic child who struggles with metaphors in a similar manner.
Billy Cranston from the 2017 Power Rangers movie has an actual diagnosis, and his particular set of struggles is explored in the film. (Be honest; you think Groot and Drax would have diagnoses?) I suggest renting it.
I’m on the hunt for more of our kind in the comic books. Anyone have autistic comic book characters we can talk about?
(NOTE: I’m aware of Legion, but I’m pretty sure more of his personality is closer to Dissociative Identity Disorder than autism itself.)