April 21st, 2015

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What Would Help?

I've been watching all the Autism Awareness/Acceptance stuff, and noticed something missing.  Nobody is asking: What would help?  What are YOUR goals?  When you were growing up and learning to use your neurovariant brain/body, what would have made that easier?  What things do you know now that you wish someone had taught you a lot sooner?

Because that's how to compile a good toolbox for improving people's lives.  You ask experienced ones in similar circumstances what helps for them, and then you offer it to others.

One reason I write what I write is because I've heard a whole lot of "representation helps" from many different communities.  It feels good to see characters who are like yourself, especially if they are happy, successful, and the hero of a story.  What else helps?
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Poem: "To Own My Truth"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "coming out" square on my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest and the "nightmares" square on my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense topics. Some of the more detailed warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. This is where Mallory discovers that Damask is a multiple system, and most of Damask are completely freaking out over that. There are nightmares, panic, dissociation, blaming, headmates sitting on each other, hostile language, identity issues, coming out, and other challenging stuff. They also talk about some of the rough stuff that has happened to both of them in the past. It has a happy ending, though. Consider your headspace regarding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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Poem: "The Natural State of Motherhood"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "unrequited pining" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with intense topics that many readers may find uncomfortable. The detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Amada is upset at not being able to reconnect with her daughter due to Rosita's impaired attachment. Faramundo is not dealing with superpowers at all well. So when Aidan offers to help, Faramundo flips out and tries to hit him. Obviously this is a sign of Amada and Faramundo's relationship unraveling further. Prejudice and hurt feelings all around, and the kids are scared by the violent outburst. Also Saraphina's harsh background from Haiti means that she doesn't know how to explore and play like a normal toddler, which worries Danso. Hannah is peeved about Aidan putting himself at risk too. All kinds of stress. But the sensible people try to deal with it in mature ways instead of yelling and hitting, because SOMEbody has to be the grownup. Consider your tastes and sensitivities before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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