Heck yeah, I needed to know about this.
TW: Ableism, abuse
Hands are by definition quiet, they can’t talk, and neither can half of these students…
(Behavior is communication.)
(Not being able to talk is not the same as not having anything to say.)
re-reblogging to add: in contradiction to the usual internet rule, DO read the comments.
they’re full of people saying, “i didn’t know it was like this. i’m going to stop saying ‘quiet hands’. i’m going to make sure i never do this to my children/students. i didn’t understand.”
people are basically decent. they just don’t know.
they don’t want to hurt us. they just. don’t. know.
this is acceptance. <3
(i’m not a hand-flapper myself. my stims are more ‘acceptable’ — touching fabric, tapping rhythms against my leg, ‘normal’-looking things that allistics also do when they’re deep in thought. and i wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood, so i wasn’t subjected to the abusive ‘treatment’ many autistics suffer. but i did get a whole lot of flack for not making eye contact, and responded by making too much eye contact, which was interpreted as challenging and defiant, and i was abused for that by teachers and bullied by other children. and i honestly believe, if they’d known why i was like that — if they’d known that for me, looking away didn’t mean i was lying or distracted, but that i was thinking, and staring into their eyes didn’t mean i was picking a fight, but that i’d been told to make eye contact and was doing my best, they would’ve been kinder to me. understanding is the best therapy.)
For my photography class I did series of self-portraits in which I attempted to portray culture and counterculture for the past 10 decades. This is the product of that idea…
this is SO COOL oh man
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