Autspoken

Spring Awakening by Scott Lentine

Flowers blossoming, snow meltingIt is time of the year of new beginningsTo forget our winter woesAnd transition into spring clothes Getting ready for daylights savings and EasterMarch Madness and baseball as TV featuresMore birthday celebrations and weddingsRoasted chicken with asparagus and coffee cake as selections Organizing ideas for spring and summer gardeningPlanting new seeds and hoping for a bright and …

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Marshfield Memories Poem by Scott Lentine

Today is a beautiful day on the beach There are plenty of people and dogs to see The water is warm and the sky is bright And seeing some people flying a kite I am having a fun time with cousins and friends Hoping that this day will never end The ocean and sands are comfortable and feel so right …

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The Ode to the Autistic Man by Scott Lentine

Try to understand the challenges that I face I would like to be accepted as a human in all places Where I will end up in life I don’t know But I hope to be successful wherever I go I would like to expand my social skills in life Making new friends would be very nice Stand proud for the …

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Can’t You See by Scott Lentine

Can’t you see I just want to have a friend Can’t you see I need the same connections in the end Can’t you see I want a good job Can’t you see I need to have stability and independence and be part of the general mob Can’t you see I want to be independent on my own Can’t you see …

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My Summer Aspirations by Scott Lentine

Reaching out, making connections Looking for friends and new directions Exploring new places and meeting people Moving forward and looking for life’s next sequel Beautiful beach weather with waves crashing on the shore Allows me to connect with nature My senses feel alive to the core And I relate to life’s basic force Crowded beaches with people everywhere Dogs of …

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Just A Normal Day by Scott Lentine

Just a Normal Day Never knowing what to say Never knowing what to do Always looking for clues Just a normal day Feeling unsure Totally perplexed with everyday life Always on edge never certain I wish I could lift this curtain Needing to constantly satisfy my need for information Always online searching for new revelations Going from site to site …

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In My Language By: Amanda Baggs

The first part is in my “native language,” and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

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Project VoiceScape: No Pity (A Documentary by Drew Morton Goldsmith)

No Pity (Drew Morton Goldsmith) – Autism disability self-advocates' empowered response to our culture's pity for the disabled. Project VoiceScape is a partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today’s best young documentary filmmakers.

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What if It Were Just About Being Different? by Ray Stirman

My biggest question about autism is not so much why so many want to see autism as a disease and cure it. I am really more interested as to why people feel the way they do about people with autism. Part of it I think has to do with people being uncomfortable around people who are different. One of the …

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Wandering Mind of An Autistic Girl by Aquarian Girl

Wandering Mind of an Autistic Girl, 2004 My mind wanders like an autistic, but I certainly don’t write like an autistic. I write like a normal person although I am disabled. But if people criticize me for my way of expression and the way I write, then they must be disabled! God gave me, the Autistic Social Butterfly, the ability …

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