2016 Flashblog Contributors
Diana and Christopher Gibbons
Pharoah Inkabuss (aka Black Autist)
Frank L. Ludwig
Heather Beattie is an autism blogger and advocate. She has been fighting ferociously for over 2 years against the terrible autism treatment MMS. She is the mother of 2, one of whom is autistic.
Mia is 34 and the mother to a 15 year old daughter. She was diagnosed two years ago. Mia set up her own business so she could work in a way that utilises her strengths and also acknowledges her areas that are not as strong.
Mia has submitted three excellent Vlogs.detailing her journey through starting her own business. For those of you with a hearing impairment, she has text transcripts on her website.
From her blog: Autistic parent of autistic kids. Tender, empathetic baby. Nonbinary queer. Will totally mom you and shake a fist at your detractors. Chapter co-lead for ASAN-Chicagoland.
And in her words: Autistic parent of an autistic teen, a tween, and a toddler. Lotsa psych comorbids. Learning every damn day. Eh, I knit and sew sometimes.
I like Amanda!
Website: Searching For Amanda
Rosemarie is the Mom to a beautiful thirteen year old autistic son, and she is also proudly on the spectrum. For I Don’t Need A Cure, Rosemarie has written an open letter to all those parents who despise autism, as well as a beutiful piece titled “What an Autistic child needs from their parents”
Diana considers herself to be extremely fortunate to be the mother to Christopher and Sarah Gibbons. They are all some of the most beautiful people, inside and out, that I have ever been blessed with knowing. Very proud to see them contributing again this year! Don’t forget to check out their posts from last year’s flashblog as well!
Well known Autism advocate and Anti MMS crusader, Emma is also the author of Its An Autism Thing: I’ll Help You Understand. Steve Silberman of Neurotribes fame, had this to say about Emma’s book:
A sensible, earnest, succinct, and compassionate book from the autistic mom of neurodivergent kids. Dalmayne's easy-to-grasp explanations cast light into complex behaviors like meltdowns and sensory play from the inside, allowing even neurotypical parents to understand what's going on in the minds of their kids on the spectrum as they face the challenges of daily life. With endearing illustrations by Dalmayne's son Raphelle.
Website: Autisticate Dalmayne
Its An Autism Thing: I’ll Help You Understand
Timotheus Gordon Jr., also known as Pharaoh Inkabuss, is an autistic self-advocate, poet/writer, and event photographer in the Chicagoland area. Pharaoh advocates for equal, fair access to special education, public & accessible housing for all, and fighting against police brutality among people of color with disabilities. He is also the creator of “The Black Autist” a blog where he discusses autism and disability acceptance among people of color, along with sharing his special interests (e.g., American football and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Website: Black Autist
Dave, AKA “Safety Pat, the Proud Schizophrenic Clown” writes a blog on the ethics of behavior science. In his words: “I do not deny the existence of operant conditioning, nor of nuclear energy, which fuels the sun and atomic bombs alike. Likewise, behavior science is done highly ethically, highly unethically, or somewhere in between. My mission is to help rid the world of its punishment run amok. We start by closing the worst place for behavior mod, the Judge Rotenberg Center of extremely painful electric skin shock.”
Website: Reward and Consent
In Frank’s words:
“I was born in Hamburg in 1964 and have lived in Sligo (Ireland) since 1996. In 1999 I published my first poetry collection, have been awarded a scholarship for the Yeats Summer School (where Seamus Heaney complimented me on 'a very good feeling for the rhythm and the rhyme') and won my first poetry competition. My poems were published in magazines and anthologies in Ireland, the UK, the US, Switzerland and Germany.
Being a man in Ireland, I was not able to find work in my vocation for eleven years until 2007 when I became the first male childcare worker in County Sligo.
At the age of 50 I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a condition on the autistic spectrum which accounts for my extraordinary skills as a childcare worker and poet as well as for my social awkwardness.
I also run the free Sligo Autism Mediation Service which helps autistic children to relate and adapt better to their environment, as well as their parents to get a better understanding of their children, and work as a volunteer for Children in Hospital.
Autism Appreciation Link
Jonas is an exceptional painter and poet based in Sweden. He is a living artist genius who happens to also be autistic. You can find ( and order) his works on his various sites, and you can pick up a book of his work at the link below. He is proud to be autistic and started with digital arts in April 2014. He held his first brush 2014-05-23. When you see his work, you will be shocked that he has not been painting his entire life.
“It is now the only way of life I know. To love all as one and to paint paint paint!:
To purchase his book “ An Introduction to Jonas Lundström”, click HERE
Fiona has made a name for herself as one of the preeminent autism advocates in the world. She is constantly sought after by major media outlets for interviews. This past fall Fiona ran for office in County Cork Ireland, making an impressive first foray into politics. Fiona is a force to be reckoned with, and a fine example of what autistic people are made of!
Website: Autistic Rights Together (ART)
Ben Sloan is 9 years old and a wonderful story teller. He loves Pokemon, Star Wars, Chemistry and Geography. His Mom is an autism blogger. Links below are for mom’s pages.
Website: Never Less Than Everything
Paul works for the National Autistic Society in London, training professionals around the UK, including social workers and local authorities. Paul has a show, “Guerilla Aspies”, named after the book he wrote, which will be playing 3 fringe festivals this year “converting audiences to autism”. Paul is proudly married to another Aspie, and his parents are on the spectrum as well.
Website: Paul Wady
“My name is Christy, and I'm an autistic adult. I love drawing, crafting, painting, pottery, reading, writing and photography. I'm also an autistic activist. This is my first year of participating in the flashblog. I am very grateful to be a part of it.”
Website: Christy Autistic Walk
I'm a small autism success story from the sticks of Northern Michigan. I have Asperger's Syndrome and have self published two poetry collections titled "Strength for Autism" and "Peace and Redemption: Darkness into Light" that are available. I have been helping a local autism support group as a "Shining Example" of what one on the spectrum can become. To be honest, some kind of positive example is better than none at all to me.
'No Need to Hide' is one of the poems from "Strength for Autism". I am also writing a memoir laced with poems I've written. It should be finished in terms of rough draft sometime this year. Hopefully by the end of April.