CJ and Sunny have really been wearing their advocacy hats lately. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we in the Neurodiversity Movement have been working hard to make our voices heard, with photos that show the beauty and positivity of people on the autism spectrum, and the support from their allies. Our community is rallying together, to counteract the damage done by the media of the public image of autism. Here are some of the pics we’ve been sharing.
You can find us on our friend Paula’s webpage, This is Asperger’s. This is Autism, and you should also watch for us on our friend Lydia’s new project, on her blog, Autistic Hoya. To get a feel for what’s been happening lately in the autism community, you can check out a fantastic facebook page called Disability and Representation, and also Autism Shines, which has gotten over 5500 likes in the past 3 weeks!
As you can see, we’ve been in full throttle advocacy mode, so it’s pretty nice timing that January is Social Media Advocacy Month for Music Therapy. Even BenFolds is advocating for us on twitter, with #FollowMTWeek!
CJ’s proposal was accepted for the MAR-AMTA conference this April. She’ll be presenting on SensoryFriendly Concerts: how they fall within the category of Community Music Therapy and how these events advocate for the Neurodiversity Movement.
Anita L. Gadberry, Ph.D., MT-BC says
YEAH!!!! And I am so glad you’ll be speaking at the MAR conference; people need to hear your message!
Both of you are fabulous.
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Way to go, ladies! Sunny, since your talk at the ICDL conference I’ve been on a mission to figure out how to get self-advocacy as a goal on everyone’s IHP at the facility where I work. It’s going to take some doing, but it’s a must! Looking forward to hearing of your further exploits in advocacy!
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