||A M Baggs
||16th September 2006 21:21
||I co-presented at Autism Network International's conference in 2004 on the topic of institutions and their impact on both autistic and non-autistic people. I have presented on panels at two Autism National Committee conferences, in 2006 on the topic of supports in general and in 2007 on the topic of getting supports without a guardian. I have also presented at a self-advocacy conference for people with developmental disabilities in general. I have been involved in organizations for survivors of psychiatric abuse.
Because of health problems and chronic pain, what I most often do is write on the Internet. My blog is Ballastexistenz. I am currently managing the group blog that used to be Left Brain/Right Brain after its author stopped publishing for his daughter's safety (it is now called Grey Matter/White Matter because I was uncomfortable keeping the same name with him gone). I also manage Autism Demonized and am currently planning another group blog on autism-related topics. I am one of the sysadmins for autistics.org and related websites. You can see a bit of my personal background by reading this interview by Donna Williams.
I am interested in disability rights in general, and have been involved in the mainstream disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement for people with developmental disabilities, the autistic self-advocacy movement, and the psychiatric survivor/ex-patient movement. I view the innate part of disability in general as an aspect of human variation and the most harmful aspects of being a disabled person as the ways in which societies disable some of us while enabling others. I don't limit this view to autism and I am not an autistic supremacist of any sort. I am not against learning and I am not against lessening pain, but I view many of the methods that people try to use to do these things as misguided at best and devastating at worst.