For parents like us who live in a very insular world of toddlers and early elementary school children, we tend to completely miss the broader conversations going on about what kind of society and culture our autistic children are growing into. And by being so focused on everything going on in the present (though understandably so) we also miss out on seeing all the possibilities that are waiting out there for our children’s futures. Within the chaos of everyday life, perspective is hard to come by. But this – among many other reasons – is why if you aren’t reading blogs written by autistic adults, you should be. (Asperger Square 8 can – and should – be one of your first stops.)
But enough of my typical rambling preamble. Check out her latest draft of “The Checklist of Neurotypical Privilege” – it’s eye-opening and challenging and brilliantly written. And for me at least, it is one of those landmark, defining pieces of writing I’ll be coming back to over and over again for both a swift kick in the butt and some real perspective on how to be the best possible parent to the J-Man and advocate for autistic persons of all ages.
Biggest lesson I’ve learned so far from reading her work? I have a lot to learn.
Note – You should be able to follow future revisions to her checklist at http://aspergersquare8.blogspot.com/search/label/privilege.