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Non conforming identities are beautiful

November 26, 2019

As autistic parents to autistic children,

We are models.

We model both self respect and respect for others

Our autistic kin, and our intersectional kin.

We choose wisely, the people, places and things we engage ourselves and our children in

The round table conversations between adults outside our culture when they visit

Sexuality, gender, identity and culture are fragile and precious topics

As parents, we consistently reflect on and revisit our beliefs, our actions, and our language

We invite positive examples of diversity into our family life and culture

Queer and gender non conformist, neurodivergent, racially diverse, disabled..every BODY.

We speak openly and honestly and without prejudice or disrespect

Especially when another’s experience of being is not our own

We encourage our children to learn about difference

Autistic people have a natural essence of acceptance and curiosity about them when it comes to others and nurturing and investing in that luminous, beautiful quality is a gift to our world.

We call each other out on language, humour, pronouns, without invoking or casting shame

We love others

And we remember, that our children are always watching more than they are listening

Know your intersectional kin.

Adopt and embrace values that assure your autistic children that they are complete and whole.

Have them understand that non conforming identities are beautiful.

Demonstrate and gift to them a community of diversity, in neurotype, gender and culture so that they have family.

So that they know, without a doubt, that whoever they are; whoever they become will be more than acceptable.

That they are outstanding.

Be gentle in body, soul and spirit when communicating with those at our tables that within our home, we value diversity.

We learn from others.

From their acceptance

And from their ignorance.

Because we are modelling to our children

The revolution of the value and strength in diversity.
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Kristy Forbes
inTune Pathways

 

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