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WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL??? Or, Fuck you, OryCon!

November 6, 2012

Wow. So apparently Orycon, a sci-fi convention in Oregon that had scheduled an autism panel WITHOUT AUTISTIC REPRESENTATION, said, after being called out for not having autistic representation, that they would cancel the panel discussion.
The advocate doing the calling-out even explained what the problems were with the panel.

What she got for all her efforts and energy and VALUABLE SPOONS was a fake apology.

Yeah. She spends alot of time and energy and that’s what she got. I don’t really understand the entire situation to be honest, but I know enough to be absolutely outraged.

BUT WAIT, IT GETS BETTER! I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.

THEY HAD THE FREAKIN PANEL DISCUSSION!

Because of YOU, OryCon organizers, certain advocates will probably need days to recover from their frustration and overload and wasted efforts to explain to you what was wrong and how you could correct the situation.

I don’t believe this shit. OMFG, I’m so freaking angry right now.

But I highly doubt this is the first time something like this has happened in the history of autistic self advocacy.

K, and whoever else made such an effort to reach out to these goons on behalf of autistic self advocates everywhere, I am deeply deeply sorry, that your valuable energy was so shamelessly disrespected.

These people clearly had no appreciation whatsoever of the time, energy and stress you may have gone through in order to advocate for yourselves and the rest of us. But I surely do appreciate it. I would never have known about this if K and others hadn’t blogged about it in the first place.

And yes, I used the word goons to describe the organizers of OryCon. Why? Because they fucking lied about having cancelled the discussion panel. Bullshit they weren’t aware of it happening. Read K’s posts I linked to. All of them.

I hope this gets signal boosted into the stratosphere!

Nothing about us, without us!

Ivan, Andrea, and Athena

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Hey. Goons are an important part of any oppressive structure, and it’s entirely possible that autistics get no respect because we don’t send out our own goon squads.

    Calling the orycon …humans “goons” is hella more respectful than they deserve.

    C7
    who reminds you that 06 Nov is Election Day, so go find the relevant polling place and break out the ballots


    • Yeah. So true. We need goon squads too. But then we would just get painted as a bunch of crazies. We already are, WITHOUT having our own goon squads. K is so brilliant in her commentary about it that if it weren’t a very serious matter I might be rolling on the floor laughing. But unfortunately it IS a very serious matter indeed.

      I am just glad that people like her keep speaking out about this shit. It needs to happen. I wish we could do more.



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