I am a 28-year-old Autistic girl who works as an aide for a 26-year-old girl with profound disabilities. Before meeting my boss, I supported a lot of people with different developmental disabilities, and also worked with people with dementia and Parkinson's. I started writing this blog when I was in college and I realized how much my disability affected my life and also became aware of how disabled people are discriminated against, even by people who are supposed to be helping us. I write from the perspective of both a disabled person and a direct support worker, since I am both.
My posts are about a few different subjects like disability identity, social construction of autism, ethical issues for support workers, living with a disability, and ethics in general. For the last few years, I haven't written here that much. When I was first writing it, I wrote a lot more so I had a huge directory of my posts. But it's huge, like I said, and not up to date. Instead, here are 13 things I've written that I either particularly like, or that other people seem to have particularly liked.
1. Social Skills Don't Exist 2010
2. some disabled staff person fragments and facts 2011
3. Ability Statements Are a Personal Attack 2011
4. pink-collar jobs and autism 2011
5. How Indistinguishability Got Its Groove Back 2012
6. behavior vs. ability 2012
7. Gaslighting 2009 (I don't like this as a piece of writing, but it covers something that I haven't seen written about very much.)
8. They hate you. Yes, you. 2009
9. Disability services are not accessible! 2011
10. It's a beautiful day and I can't see it 2011
11. training 2012
12. Away From Home 2014
13. Mushballing 2014
If you are visually impaired, I'm white and I am pushing some levers on a piece of an old streetcar next to a creepy mannequin of a conductor. I am at the San Francisco Railway Museum.
I like to hear from people who read my blog and my email is awf vivian, at gmail. I don't always remember to answer but if you are thinking about emailing, you don't need to be shy about it. I will never be bothered by someone emailing me.