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Jessica MF Hughes
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I'm organizing a twitter chat on intersectionality and neurodiversity on Monday, Jan. 11 at 12pm EST. The hashtag is #intersectionalND, and the official handle is @ntrsxnlND. Monday's will be the first of a series of monthly chats scheduled for the second Monday of the month. If you're interested, please do join in/lurk/signal boost! 
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Excellent long reads (part 1 linked below, part 2 linked at the end of this post) by Ari Ne'eman on sheltered workshops.

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"progress on moving people with disabilities out of sheltered work and into integrated employment is politically difficult and faces opposition from very well intentioned families and agencies. At the same time, a proper understanding of the motivations that drive this opposition can be an extremely valuable tool in defusing it. It also matters because there are real challenges in crafting public policy that moves away from sheltered workshops without abandoning the people within them. This is very possible and has been done before – but it means understanding the real and legitimate anxieties that people have about that process."

Part 1: http://arineeman.com/2015/09/20/sheltered-workshops-part-1/
Part 2: http://arineeman.com/2015/09/26/sheltered-workshops-part-2/
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"Ableism depends on maintaining the myth that we can be self-sufficient if we are strong enough- the myth of independence. Disability justice proposes a framework for seeing oneself that is more relational and transformative-interdependence, in which other people are necessary for physical, emotional and community health and well-being. Interdependency values our connection to others and communities." - Theo Yang Copley
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SO GOOD. Deborah Cameron schools Naomi Wolf on how language policing is just another form of patriarchal silencing.

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"Not only do you assume that since uptalk and vocal fry are used by young women they must be expressions of female powerlessness, you go on to argue that these speech patterns are actually causing women’s powerlessness, and urge women to reclaim their power by changing the way they speak. That’s back-to-front logic: it’s a bit like saying that if only African Americans would stop speaking African American English the police would be less likely to shoot them. It misses the point that negative attitudes to the language of subordinate groups are just manifestations of a more general prejudice against the groups themselves. People may claim that their judgments are purely about the speech, but really they’re judgments of the speakers."
A response to Naomi Wolf
A response to Naomi Wolf
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Good advice re: social and communicative accommodations for meetings with autistic folks. Items 1-3 would be nice courtesies for us all, actually.
Small things can have a massive impact on how an autistic person feels in an appointment. http://ow.ly/Pig3N
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