My eldest son recently wrote, in a workbook: “I don’t like writing answers to questions where the data changes (with time).”, and that applies nicely to the message that I want to convey next:
I started this blog four years ago and a lot changes in four years. I went from wanting to reduce the stigma of ‘autism’ (being autistic) while unknowingly contributing to it with disability euphemisms, oversharing of my children’s experiences and no understanding of intersectionality or disability justice.
I expect (and hope) that in the future, I will continue to learn and change my thinking but I will keep old posts (sometimes edited because the messages are too harmful to leave there) to serve as a reminder of how my/our understanding continues to evolve with time, experience and a dedication to listening to the most marginalised.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a nice day 🙂
Identity: Rachel McNamara, Autistic mother of two Autistic children, Disabled, Feminist and sometimes Blogger. Cis, het, she/her. At the time of writing this, also a Board Director of Amaze, Aus. (doing my best to bring the opinions of Autistic people ‘to the table’).