Someone walks over to our step to say hello. She bends at the waist, looming over Brooke.

Brooke doesn’t look up. She doesn’t stop stripping her stick.

Dig. Pull. Dig. Pull.

Our visitor reaches out a hand and cups it below Brooke’s chin.

I freeze. Oh God.

She uses the hand to pull Brooke’s head up by the jaw.

A thin line of panic starts somewhere deep. I know that Brooke is going to scream. 5,4,3,2 …

She does scream, but not in the way that I expect.

“I HATE BEING TOUCHED!!” she shouts.

I am flabbergasted.

Words. Self-awareness. Communication. Self-advocacy.

I know the sentence will need to be reformatted. But I am drenched in pride.

I turn to Brooke. “Great job telling us how you feel, Brooke. Really great job.” I hope that my words send a message to both of them. I stand with my girl.

Our visitor is undaunted.

“I just want to see that beautiful face,” she says. “Lift up for me.”

I am stymied by etiquette. By deference to our host. By generational difference. By convention.

Brooke is not.

She lifts her head as instructed. And growls.

This has probably been posted before, but this knocks me for a loop - a blogger and her autistic daughter had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks, and this is how one of the noisiest voice in the autism community treated her daughter.

What knocks me for a loop isn’t so much Wright’s awful behavior. It’s the unbelievable strength and self-advocacy that the blogger Jess’s daughter, Brooke, shows when someone violates her personal space. It’s her mother backing her up for making sure someone knows that they are not permitted to touch her unless she says it’s okay. Honestly, it’s heartening. I hope Wright felt real fucking uncomfortable. She should.

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artoftrungles:

I did a really quick BW composition test, but I like it like this. 

artoftrungles:

I did a really quick BW composition test, but I like it like this. 

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hannahglodich:

Petey

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girlsbydaylight:

美少女戦士セーラームーン プリンセス・セレニティ + 美少女戦士セーラームーン プリンセス・レディ・セレニティ by 鏡 餅人 on pixiv
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heartstringcrochet:

#045 Vileplume, the Flower Pokémon. 

Now available and READY TO SHIP!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205207374/vileplume-ready-to-ship

This is the BIGGEST Pokemon I’ve crocheted. 

The colors were a bit tricky to take a pic of. 

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girlsbydaylight:

版権 by 奇稲田※(前ポメ子) on pixiv

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版権 by 奇稲田※(前ポメ子) on pixiv

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madness-and-gods:

A wonderful bunch of bears

madness-and-gods:

A wonderful bunch of bears

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Maki Miyako

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Maki Miyako

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