I am so glowing from Motormorphosis! Wow! I want to share a poem I wrote about how it felt to be in such an accepting community in person. This was my first time at a large public event centered on nonspeaking autistic folks, and it was such a space of understanding and comfort and peace to not worry about whether my dysregulation or stimming was disruptive. I could feel Tara also noticed it, and it was a new feeling to her too to not worry about how people would react to me! (She is normally only worried about my safety and people who are rude to me – she can turn into a real Mama Bear if provoked on my behalf!)
It was an unexpected highlight to the weekend, and I now hope that more events and spaces will evolve to be so accepting. Thank you to the amazing team at I-ASC and the amazing community of people who attended!
We are us
by Danny Whitty
Among you all
There is a peace
Despite our bodies all so struggling
And it is a new feeling to my heart
New since I first realized I was different
My young self destined for a life
Of stares and shame and shushes
And we all the same in that
And we all so kind to each other
And we all united in accepting ourselves.