Valerie Foley

How’s it working for you…?

In Action, Perceptions on February 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

I keep writing and re-writing this post in an attempt to make sense.

I’m thinking about how to change the world and make real change and fix stuff and protect other kids and families from some of the stuff we have to endure. I’m thinking about pluralism and inclusivity and agitation and policy change… and I keep disappearing around corners and up my own bottom.

So, instead, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Here’s a list of what I think is holding back the realisation of actual, tangible useful change in the way autism is viewed, treated and understood.

In random order.

– ridiculous passive memes.

– hideous whiny stories about how no-one really gets it.

– the views of the few being touted as the universal truth.

– actively avoiding the acknowledgement of the presence of elephants in the room.

– pathetic mainstream attempts to divide and conquer with diversionary arguments about hot button issues.

– parents confusing acceptance with inertia.

– professionals pushing nonsense barrows to keep themselves in business.

– politicians answering actual thought out questions with irrelevant cut & pasted press releases.

– people who do not research but pretend they have, who are not informed but claim they are.

– people who buy the ‘movement’ and wouldn’t recognise the reality if it crept up and gave them a wedgie.

If I have to accept that I live in a time where real people seriously think that it’s OK to more than double the rate of a lifelong disabling condition in less than a decade, and not care about why or how… then I’ll stop writing sweet little lists and start running for office.

Or running down the street playing paintball with unsuspecting strangers.

One or the other.

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