Honoring Respectfully Connected #PACLAOWies
Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance is excited to reveal the third OWie Award in April!
Awarded to Autistic Activists who are changing the conversations and shifting the Overton Window toward acceptance!
Image: blue/green certificate with green filigree frame. Top left is stamp of PACLA icon. Bottom of image is watermarked with an arrow shooting through an open window. Green text in multiple fonts reads: Honoring Respectfully Connected in appreciation of your radical activism & shifting the Overton Window toward Autism Acceptance & the Neurodiversity Paradigm. Thank You! Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance
The team at Respectfully Connected had plenty of nominations, individually and as a group. We decided to honor all of them this week for our Third OWie award in April.
In gentle parenting communities, there is often so much ableism, as if parenting disabled, autistic or neurodivergent children has different rules and expectations of respect than parenting typically developing children. We love Respectfully Connected because they combine radical autism acceptance with gentle and respectful parenting.
From their blog:
“This blog exists to share the authors stories, with the hope they will empower and encourage other parents on their journey with the knowledge that there is a gentler, more compassionate way of raising autistic children than much of society tells us, and that close attached relationships are very possible.”
Their blog is also a great resource for information on autistic parents and autistic parenting, as the majority of their contributors are autistic parents.
One anonymous person said of Respectfully Connected writer Court Thatcher:
“Court’s writing on Respectfully Connected has been incredible and her work has been important in the realm of parenting neurodivergent children.”
Another anonymous person who nominated Respectfully Connected contributor Briannon Lee wrote:
“Briannon has been involved in initiatives that have had far reaching effects on autistic people. She has committed to important roles in Respectfully Connected, Autistic Family Collective, and Neurodiversity Connect. These things have contributed to improving the lives and rights of autistics. Her wider writing is also fantastic and her huge efforts deserve recognition.”
Because every individual at Respectfully Connected received at least one nomination, and because of the work they are doing to change the world and make it better, fairer, more accepting and more inclusive for Autistic people, we honor them this week and thank them always!
Thank you, Respectfully Connected!
Posted on April 14, 2016, in Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.