Monthly Archives: March 2015

Don’t Be Blue

Emma's Hope Book

Mom prepares me,

but nothing can inoculate fear colored blue

masked in lights, shining brightly.

The terror seeps through.

Awareness disguised as tolerance is not the same as love.

An uneasy embrace may appear affectionate,

but can feel worse than a slap.

Words said with anger are not kind,

no matter what each word means by itself.

Look kindly

choose many feelings,

but please do not choose blue.

#WalkinRed2015 #WalkinRed2015

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Autism Acceptance Month Events!

Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance

We’ve compiled a list of some alternatives to “Autism Awareness”.  These are events that center the Autistic experience and Autistic voices by promoting community, pride and the ideals of neurodiversity.  Check them out and if you are planning a similar event, please contact us at and we can add you to the list!

Online Events:


Don’t light it up blue, walk in red!

PWN the Game!

Help spread the message that autistic people have loving and reciprocal relationships with their families and raise funds for important support programs by participating in PWN the Game! with your autistic loved one(s)!

Tone it Down Taupe

A campaign to calm down the rhetoric of fear in April


Paula C Durbin-Westby’s Autism Acceptance Day 2015 Virtual Event

The official event for Autism Acceptance Day!

Autism & Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Advocay and Instruction’s Celebrates Autism Acceptance andNational Poetry Month!

Celebrating both…

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Advocating: Love not Fear!

Thirty Days of Autism

SidelightH.jpgH just shared with me:

“In Tales from the Darkside from 1983 – there is one episode where there is a monster in this boy’s room, and he advocates for himself and tells the monster ‘Hey this is my room’ and the monster backs off and the boy gets the power over his room.”

Then going deeper – he replays this part of the episode and explains some of the plot and dynamics as he sees he has caught my interest:

“Mom look – here the part where he advocates for himself. His dad is a real jerk. He thinks he should stop being 6 years old and be a man right now: he [the dad] thinks he has the right to do what he wants.”

Sensitive to my reluctance to watch scary stuff:

“Don’t worry, Mom, it’s not that scary – there is an octopus man under his bed…

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My Comcast Rant Of March 2015

Does Comcast care about its customers?

No, i do not think they do anymore.

Is Comcast really trying to change its customer service for the better like they say they are?

No, not when it has now been made even more impossible to reach a live customer service representative who speaks clearly to you so you can understand them, and who knows what they are doing, and is not loudly rude and does not cut you off mid-call.

No one at Comcast seems to answer people’s complaints anymore. Or resolve them.

On their Facebook page, i have now observed that customer complaints get ignored there too now.

For a disabled person such as myself who is mostly confined to my house, and who depends on my internet because i am alone and lonely, because most of my support network, my disabled community, my friends are online, because i need to get important messages from my caregiver when she is running late or will be late, it presents a very real state of raw fear and panic when my internet goes down and i am unable to get a live person to talk to anymore.

I am Autistic, and losing my internet puts me in such a panic that i have meltdowns until i see that it is fixed.

Those meltdowns take alot of my energy.

Especially when i am unable to get a live person i can talk to who will tell me what is going on, and when it will be restored.

But does Comcast care? No. They do not seem to anymore.

I am no longer accomodated by them like i was for awhile. For awhile, in 2010, local techs would call to let me know when the internet was going to be off, and they would let me know when it would be back on, so at least i would KNOW.

Instead, i am labeled a nuisance caller, and dismissed now.

I don’t call them everyday. But i do call them when my internet is out, and all i get are automated messages.

The phone number for my Gateway Wireless Tech Support keeps getting changed. ALL the time now. It just got changed again. This time? I now do not know what that phone number is. That throws me into an even more panic.

I am not slandering Comcast.

Just go on their Facebook page and click on Posts By Others, and you will see it is rife with complaints.

Just Google Comcast Customer Complaints on Google and YouTube and see the hundreds of thousands of negative articles and videos about them.

Google their Better Business Bureau complaints and rating with BBB, and you will see numerous complaints and a rating that is very low, there too.

I sincerely can hardly wait until i can get a way to move North to ther next county, so that i can have Charter for my high speed internet, because in San Luis Obispo County, CA, Charter has a very good reputation for providing its customers with sincerely good customer service. I don’t hear or see as many complaints about Charter or Cox Cable, as i do Comcast. But Charter and Cox are not partly owned by NBC/Universal and General Electric. Since Comcast has merged with these other companies, they seem to ignore us now.

I truly wish i had an alternative for unlimited high speed internet.

I do not as long as i live in Santa Maria CA.I do not feel that is right or fair.