Here we go! Part 2 of my 10 MUST-see TED Talks for Autism Parents.
3. Safwat Saleem: Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent
Safwat Saleem is a visual artist who challenges the idea of being normal. I love this Talk, because Elijah has had a lot of trouble with stuttering; and lately he seems to want to give up very easily when he can’t find his words. Safwat talks about how ‘being normal’ kind of seems to be like a social construct that is based on per-conceived ideas of what normal should be. Oh, and he’s funny, too.
4. Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much
In this video, Stella Young talks about how disability in today’s society seems to be this thing that gives “normal” people the ability to objectify those with disabilities; all to make normal folks feel better about themselves. I found this Talk quite eye-opening. There have been many times when people basically told me that I need to give Elijah more leeway, because he is on the Spectrum; but I refuse to do so. His father and I try very hard to make Elijah understand that just because he may be looked at as different in today’s society, he isn’t necessarily different at all. Her use of the phrase “Inspiration Porn” is fantastic, by the way!
What do you think about this list? Are there any TED Talks you would recommend?
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