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Lu (Ship) Everman
Swim class: "He's silly!" the little girl says, pointing at my kid. "I want to play with him." "Be gentle," says her grandmother. "I saw on Sesame Street," and she jumps beside my spinning son. There's an autistic, nonverbal Muppet. Don't tell me representation doesn't matter.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
It's kind of funny, because I was pissed at Sesame Street's portrayal of an autistic child, because it hit so many tropes, and every autistic kid is different. (It's not a spectrum; it's a sundae bar.) And then I realized I was looking at it like an adult.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
Preschoolers look at Julia, and they see some of the most "readable" traits. It helps them to not only recognize an autistic play/classmate, but to learn how to be a good friend with them. To not be afraid of them.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
When you're four or five years or six years old, the sundae bar concept is too much to grasp. The inaccurate spectrum model isn't much better, because then they think in terms of the kid being "good" or "bad". But saying, "Hey, you may have a friend like or kind of like this."
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Stix (FFT2/RDC5) Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
That's awesome!!!
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
That's huge. That sets the foundation for learning more and discovering how to interact. That everyone has something that makes them unique, or things that are sometimes hard. AK has trouble talking, but he's great with computers already. Disabled people aren't scary.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
It's a platform for them learning there's nothing wrong with using sign language, or having a wheelchair, or wearing an insulin pump, or any other disability under the sun. And we fucking need that.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
Looking at it as an autistic adult, I see the underpinnings of ableism. Looking at it like an abled child, I see a path to acceptance. And that's a good thing.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @mxpopsiclestix
I might be crying a little lol
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Ass Appreciator Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
Weeping, this is so good and beautiful
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @pitytheviolins
I was trying hard not to ugly cry. It's the best abled-peer reaction we've ever had, and he loves swim class so much, and I just have so many emotions!!
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Aleeliah Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
I honestly choked up
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @EchoAlenia
I was so worried about how the other kids in the swim class would treat him! (And I definitely choked up, too.)
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MaryEllenDesM Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
I love Julia. I’m the mom of 2 boys w/ autism and they are worlds of different. So she represents all of them and acceptance is key.
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Super Fishie Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
Oh man i'm actually crying.
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evilin sk8s Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
This is awesome! I love your sundae bar thought! My Autie is chock foully of so many different flavors and toppings😁
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @MaryEllenDesM
Yes! Upon my rewatch of her intro episode earlier, I am much more fond of her. I think, sometimes, in determination to not be an ableist parent, I judge media rep too quickly. Seeing it work in real time definitely gives me pause--and gratitude.
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @evilinsk8s
I saw a graphic about sundae bar theory on facebook and immediately adopted it haha. So explainable!
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Lu (Ship) Everman Jul 18
Replying to @WhatFishie
I keep coming back to it and tearing up hard haha
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Super Fishie Jul 18
Replying to @shiphitsthefan
Its these things that keep my faith in humanity.
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