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Self-care is birthed by and through community care.Talila A. Lewis
What is mutual aid?
“Solidarity, not charity.”
Collective Community Care: Dreaming of Futures in Autistic Mutual Aid
- Interdependence, understanding and support
- Gives opportunity to help & care for other in on our own terms and within our own capacities
- Direct support in a community within a community
- It’s much easier to practice asking, offering, receiving, and declining among people who “get it”!
- 🤲 It is time to celebrate our interdependence.
- 🏩 Creating Community
- 📢 Platforming and Amplifying Each Other
- 🎨 Featured Artist: Jasmine Slater
- 🎵 Featured Artist: Ronan Boren
- 🎵 Featured Artist: Feral the Earthworm
- 🩹 Need Mutual Aid?
- 🗄 Temporal Lotteries: We Don’t Have Any Time for Writing These 200-Page Long, Detailed Grant Reports
- ⛑📚 Our Pillars 🗂🧰
- ⏭ Next Pillar: Learning Space
🤲 It is time to celebrate our interdependence.
Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today. If we do not understand that we are interdependentInterdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how... More with the planet we as a species will not survive.You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence | Leaving Evidence
The notion of disability in our society is underscored by a bizarre conception of “independence”.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence!
Collaboration allows us to create genuinely safe spaces for autistic and otherwise neurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite... More people.Celebration of interdependence
🏩 Creating Community
Asking for help is a wonderful way to build community & engage in meaningful collaboration. In asking for help you also uplift others who want to show up for you.Just a reminder that asking for help is a contribution
What I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community. Community is magic. Community is powerThe 20th Century political scientist Karl Deutsch said, “Power is the ability not to have to learn.”I quote this statement often, because I think it’s one of the most important... More. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
In a world & societies where autistic, neurodivergent and disabled lives are less valued and systemically gaslighted, abused and classed as less than, it is absolutely vital to keep speaking not just our truthJustice, equality, fairness, mercy, longsuffering, Work, Passion, knowledge, and above all else, Truth. Those are my primary emotions.Very Grand Emotions: How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently » NeuroClastic https://youtu.be/uPRa6G2a48E... More for ourselves as individuals, but to platform and amplify each other@ExistentialAut1
📢 Platforming and Amplifying Each Other
Thank you so much @stimpunks for supporting & believing in me & my artwork.
It’s okay to be you. It’s okay to be differentOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More. It’s okay to have a disability. Never give up on yourself.Jasmine Slater
If y’all care about me, read what @stimpunks is saying.Liana McCrea
Huge thank you to @stimpunks for this generator so if we lose power, the oxygen concentrator can still run! I can’t thank you enough!!Karrie Higgins
🎨 Featured Artist: Jasmine Slater
🎵 Featured Artist: Ronan Boren
Lately I’ve been feeling out of tune out of tune I don’t know why but I would like to know why And I want to get back in tune Out of tune that’s what I am Being out of tune pains my head (can’t get out of bed) Hurts from being out of tune and I just so want to get back in tune Out of tune that’s what I am out of tune
🎵 Featured Artist: Feral the Earthworm
incept thoughts of sustainability and alternative living while simultaneously giving energy to the conscious resistance make a colossal difference and help to stop the systems that forever lock our existence Insignificant by Feral the Earthworm
heard a quote that the answer is contained inside the things that you fear most don't run from the pain it's the hydra two heads grow back when you cut one this cannot be slain it perpetually regains until the day that you've illuminated darkness with a flame shadows remain understand this principle can never be removed only tamed The Answer by Feral the Earthworm
🩹 Need Mutual Aid?
If you need monetary support, our “Request Aid” page outlines our application process.
We also offer creator grants to fund your projects.
We pay neurodivergent and disabled people. We pay us to create. We pay us to live.
I’m honestly in tears right now because of you guys.
Thank you so, so much for caringThe activities that constitute care are crucial for human life. We defined care in this way: Care is "a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue,... More about my family. Thank you for sharing your kindness & support.
I want to say thank you and tell you you made a big differenceOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals... More in someone’s life today. I can’t stop crying. I’ve never felt understood or seen like this before. I’m desperately looking for community, perspective, support, tools to survive and feel backed into a corner.
Thank you for reaching out! I’m doing well – thanks to your generosity as well as some other donations I was fortunate to receive, I was able to trade my car for a van and order a lift for the wheelchair! The lift won’t be here until the end of March, but I’m SO excited to finally be free to use my wheelchair out in the world! Thank you SO much for your donation!!
Oh my gosh, thank you SO MUCH! This is truly amazing!
Extremely blessed to be able to get my procedure and medication. Huge thank you to @stimpunksStimpunk combines “stimming” + “punk” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we... More. I’m honestly in tears, thank you guys so much.
Thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed right when I needed it. Y’all are heros. I appreciate your help.
Thank you all so very much! This is a very beautiful thing your team is doing and gives me hope for our society.
Deeply appreciative of this and all of you at Stimpunks, thank you so much! This is an extremely impactful relief.
Again, thank you so much for everything you’ve provided. Stimpunks is doing wonderful work. Our needs may be great, but our gratitude when we receive what we need is even greater. 💕
It shocked me, humbled me, and made me wonder how you were able to do what you did for me!
I can’t believe how incredible y’all are. I’m in tears. This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me like this.
My partner told me about you and when I saw your mission page I cried for like an hour because it resonated so strongly.
Thank you so much for the support. I truly appreciate it! It’s really nice to connect with others who “get it” too!
Thank you so deeply for your help and for your care of others.
Thank you so much for reaching out and I cannot express how grateful I am to have been selected! This is going to be a massive weight lifted off my shoulders!
🗄 Temporal Lotteries: We Don’t Have Any Time for Writing These 200-Page Long, Detailed Grant Reports
We are literally just trying to take care of each other in our communities and we don’t have any fucking time for writing these 200-page long, detailed grant reports to prove that we’re really being honest because you know who doesn’t have to prove that?
Generationally wealthy people and extremely well-resourced organizations don’t have to worry about where their money is coming from. They don’t have to worry about who they’re asking for money from. And so they have the privilegeTo not have conversations because they make you uncomfortable is the definition of privilege. Your comfort is not at the center of this discussion.Brené Brown Power can be understood as... More to be able to not care, whereas we have to be a hundred times more scrupulous.
We are both shamed and guilted for asking for “handouts”, and yet we’re also expected to beg.
And that is why the vast majority of philanthropical resources continue to go to the same well-resourced, established organizations that are largely not accountable to directly impacted communities and to the people who have the most to lose, whereas organizations that are doing work on the front lines directly from community are infinitely less likely to be able to access even a fraction of the same funding pools and even in the space, especially in the space of disability philanthropy.Lydia X.Z. Brown Powerfully Addresses Philanthropy’s Ableist Practices
The David Prize claims that the submission process “should take no more than 30 minutes. Yes, 30 minutes.” At first glance, the application seems straightforward: ten questions, with a maximum of 280-1,500 characters per answer. But it is a process that will disproportionately impact many chronically unwell and racialized individuals, as well as non cis men, who will recontextualize their ideas to appeal to a billionaire philanthropist. Alex and I spent roughly 80 hours over the course of two weeks to complete the written application. This sort of request for proposals, Alex pointed out, creates temporal lotteries, in which the buy-in isn’t money, but time.Philanthropic Gentrification. How The David Prize turns activists… | by Liz Jackson | Medium
I have been forced to think about everything I do. Do you know how many spoonsAt that moment, the spoon theory was born. I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in... More people waste everyday? I don’t have room for wasted time, or wasted “spoons” and I chose to spend this time with you.The Spoon Theory
Everything costs time everything Everything costs time yes it does Costs time getting out of bed Doctor says you got your head in the fog Got to cook and eat your food Costs time to walk your dog Costs time no matter what you do Take a shower and get in the pool Drive a car hang out with your friends Go back in time or forward again Some things take a lot of time And some things don’t take too long Just depends on what you do Write a letter or sing this song, sing along --Cost Time by Josephmooon
Our movement, however, needs nothing of respectability politicsRespectability politics didn’t save me then, and they won’t save our community or movement now or in the future either. Our movement, however, needs nothing of respectability politics. Accepting —... More. Accepting — conceding, surrendering, submitting to — that will only erode our movement until it crumbles entirely. RespectabilityRespectability politics didn’t save me then, and they won’t save our community or movement now or in the future either. Our movement, however, needs nothing of respectability politics. Accepting —... More politics is what’s gotten us into reliance on foundations and nonprofits, and elected officials and bureaucrats, and policies and programs that only benefit the most privilegedTo not have conversations because they make you uncomfortable is the definition of privilege. Your comfort is not at the center of this discussion.Brené Brown Power can be understood as... More and resourced members of our communities at the direct expense of the most marginalizedFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at... More. Radical, militant anger — and radical, militant hope, and radical, wild dreams, and radical, active love — that’s what’ll get us past the death machines of ableismable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply... More and capitalism and white supremacy and laws and institutions working overtime to kill us.Autistic Hoya — A blog by Lydia X. Z. Brown: The neurodiversity movements needs its shoes off, and fists up.
It's just me and my MPC Questing out to meet my tribe unique Keep it funky for the followers eager to speak The same dialect is on when we greet in the street, fam Why would my sound be tampered? Or better yet, watered down and then pampered? Cater to who, I influence the standard Check it… we 'bout to change some manners --Talent MAP Mix by Mugs and Pockets
⛑📚 Our Pillars 🗂🧰
Real help against the onslaught. Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableistable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply... More society. We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.
The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it. Anti-ableist space for passion-based, human-centered learningA human-centered education: • Cultivates Purpose-Driven Classrooms • Ends Dehumanizing Practices • Demands Social Justice • Builds a Human-Centered World https://youtu.be/JsrsgM6LqiI https://youtu.be/h9gQXG9T1RM Build human-centered classrooms around four values: • Learning... More compatible with neurodiversity and the social model of disabilityIn the broadest sense, the social model of disability is about nothing more complicated than a clear focus on the economic, environmental and cultural barriers encountered by people who are... More.
Digital sociologyBut, there is something sociology must do. It is our disciplinary imperative to understand societies. Just as communication studies understands forms of communication, sociology must understand the social. If we... More, neurodiversity studies, disability studies, and syncretism, in the open. Improving science by restoring the humanities. We bring voice into empirical constructs and translate voice into academic comprehension.
Stay relevant in a constantly changing world. Dismantle ableism in your spaces. Enable dignity through access. Client services are how we live our mission to employ neurodivergent and disabled people as well as how we raise capital for grantmaking.
⏭ Next Pillar: Learning Space
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