Beautifully written by Lydia X. Z. Brown

Cw. violence and ableism

Do not put me on a pedestal,
because,
whether wood, metal, or glass,
it will break if dropped
or smashed
or burned
or drowned
or left to rot.

A pedestal is a thing
easily defaced,
struck,
scarred,
sprayed with
piss or
angry, resentful, bitter words that smack of hate and fear
or
scorched colorless under the sun
or settled and buried with dust
and dirt
where no archeologist will ever find it and exclaim
about its beauty and forgotten meanings
but
instead consider it
unremarkable
exhibit 47,906
before finding a home
in a crate in the back of some future museum’s
unwanted artifacts storage unit.

There are already too many pedestals out there for
tokens and well-behaved monsters with
unruly bodies or
unstable minds
or
freedom fighters who died
with justice and love spilling
from fists and lips
more powerful than
whatever my crude thoughts
and halting actions
might imagine.

I need no pedestal.

Besides,
people with statues and monuments
probably have at least something like
a fifty percent or greater chance
of being murdered
than ordinary folk,
either the kind of murder that results in death
or that other kind,
the kind of murder that happens
while still very much alive

But fuck if I know anything.

Once on a pedestal,
though,
I suppose I don’t have luxuries like
feeling or
growing or
struggling,
since,
well,
people on pedestals are more
the unmoving, polished wood, metal, or glass,
than flesh
or brain matter.

There are no pedestals for people who
die in the space between
victim and survivor.

(They tell me the average lifespan for
an autistic person is thirty years
shorter than neurotypicals,
and they tell me
the average lifespan for
a transgender person is
only thirty-something.)

If they start to kill me,
and bury me while still living,
with platitudes and empty admiration,
building my pedestal while
I am breathing
and here,
kindly tell them,
for me,
to fuck off.

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March 1st is upon us ,let us have a moment of silence !

What is the Day of Mourning?

Every year on March 1st, the disability community comes together to remember the victims of filicide – people with disabilities murdered by their family members. Vigils are held on the Day of Mourning in cities around the world.

What is filicide?

“Filicide” is the legal term for a parent murdering their child. In the disability community, “filicide” is used when talking about a parent or other relative murdering a child or adult relative with a disability.

When we say “filicide,” we are talking about a pattern of violence that starts when a parent or caregiver murders their child or adult relative with a disability and continues in how these murders are reported, discussed, justified, excused, and replicated.

Further Reading

More information, including our Anti-Filicide Toolkit, can be found here.

Why you should Absolutely get your child vaccinated

Flu (Influenza)

Every year, millions of people get the flu. The good news is that the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu by about half. Getting the yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.

Most people who get the flu have a mild illness. But for some, it can be serious — and even deadly. Serious complications from the flu are more likely in babies and young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with certain long-term health conditions — like diabetes or asthma.

Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to lower your chances of getting the flu. Flu vaccines can’t cause the flu. Keep in mind that getting the flu vaccine also protects the people around you. So when you and your family get vaccinated, you help keep yourselves and your community healthy.

This is especially important if you spend time with people who are at risk for serious illness from the flu — like young children or older adults. Learn more about how vaccines help protect your whole community.

Everyone age 6 months and older

Everyone needs to get the flu vaccine every year. It’s part of the routine vaccine schedules for children, teens, and adults.

See the routine vaccination schedule for:

It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year. That’s important for 2 reasons: first, immunity (protection) decreases with time. Additionally, the flu viruses are constantly changing — so the vaccine is often updated to give the best protection.

People at increased risk for complications from the flu

It’s especially important for people who are at high risk of developing complications from the flu to get the vaccine every year. People at high risk for complications from the flu include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Adults age 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 5 years — and especially children younger than 2 years
  • People with long-term health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or cancer

Aim to get your flu vaccine by the end of October

Try to get the flu vaccine by the end of October. It takes 2 weeks for your body to develop immunity. So it’s best to get the flu vaccine before the flu starts to spread in your community.

If you don’t get the vaccine by the end of October, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it — getting vaccinated later can still help protect you from the flu. You can get vaccinated at any time throughout the flu season.

Health care professionals and caregivers

It’s also very important for people who spend a lot of time with people at high risk for complications from the flu to get the vaccine — for example, health care professionals and caregivers.

Talk with your doctor about how to protect your family from the flu.

Children younger than 6 months should not get the flu vaccine.

Be sure to tell your doctor before getting vaccinated if you:

  • Have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a dose of the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine (like eggs or gelatin)
  • Have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (an immune system disorder)

If you’re sick, you may need to wait until you’re feeling better to get the flu vaccine.

We still have a long way to go

This is a picture of two autistic boys strapped to a radiator in 1982 in a mental hospital. Only 30 odd years ago – “professionals” didn’t know what to do with people with autism. It was seen as a mental illness – most of the time schizophrenia. This is how misunderstood autism is. And although progress has been made and the world is ALOT more autism aware now – there is still a long way to go. There is still people that blame autism on bad behaviour, claiming that it can be disciplined out of a child. Please be autism aware.. #invisabledisability #autism #autismawareness