Stop… and Rail Against Stigma!

Thirty Days of Autism

RailagainstStigma.jpginmemoryofalex “Stop,” a poem about the damage of negative stigma for Autistic people and those who love and support them, was originally published here, and was written in memory of Alex Spourdalakis… and far too many others…

I am ready for the day when social justice and human rights are extended to every person and this poem becomes an archaic relic from an ableist past…  I believe we will get there!


These words of tragedy
Emblazoned on notepads and billboards
This epidemic of dehumanization
This narrowed definition of being
Twisted finer and thinner
So that it lacks any sensitivity
So that the words themselves are
A garrote
Cutting into flesh and spirit
When words and stance 
are played out deftly
to define other as less
to define different as solely deficit
and are used to silence
This – THIS – is the tragedy

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