Yearly Archives: 2010
Recap of Geneva Centre for Autism 2010 International Symposium – Part 2: A Message of Unconditional Love
The “Idiot Law”: A Brief History of Michigan Marriage Discrimination Against Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Interested in the topic of marriage and disability rights? You'll want to know a little history on Michigan's "Idiot Law", which (until 9 years ago) stated if you have a developmental disability, or even institutionalized briefly, walking down the aisle would be considered a felony. And that also applied to getting frisky.
I finally received a digital copy of an interview Dave and I did for our friend Simon and the folks over at OCALI for the June 2010 Edition of "The Autism Puzzle", powered by NBC4 (Ohio NBC News affiliate) and the Autism Society of America...
According to a number of sex experts, magazine columnists, and the vast majority of the sexually active population, there is a beauty to spontaneity, and claim it is essential to keep sex spontaneous in order to make intimacy more exciting and enjoyable. Tell that to an autistic individual, or someone who works with or dates an autistic individual, and chances are you’ll get a very different take on the matter.
Traditional scenes for romance -- walking on the beach, looking out on the lake, watching the stars, or watching a movie from a living room couch -- is all about "enjoying the moment", right? So why do some individuals replace these "moments" with discussions on scientific analysis, historical facts, and other unromantic topics?
In the LGBT community, there are tremendous resources, support networks, and established organizations which promote advocacy and awareness. The same goes to the autism community. But what about the amount of resources, support, and established organizations for autistic individuals in the LGBT community? What about an opportunity to collaborate?