My July Blogging

I split my writing between this blog and the Stimpunks blog. Stimpunks is a philanthropic LLC we started to house our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging consulting as well as our direct giving to neurodivergent and disabled creators. More on Stimpunks later.

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Abed’s Autistic Abandonment Experience Supercut

In this blog I will summarise selected episodes and then show and analyse scenes that depict common autistic experiences. My main focus will be on Abed’s fear of abandonment and his striving for relationships and, well, community.

Source: Abed’s Autistic Abandonment Experience Supercut – Wibbley-Wobbley Minds

This blog is wonderful. I’m crying. I am reminded how good it felt watching such fully-developed and compassionate representation. I’m also reminded of the intense feels as Abed processed trauma that hit close to my own experiences.

When I first watched the show, I was thrilled to have found autistic representation, that didn’t make me cringe or feel like I had to correct it all the time. But I soon found out that with accurate representation comes accurate depiction of trauma.

Source: Abed’s Autistic Abandonment Experience Supercut – Wibbley-Wobbley Minds

We dream of the accepting community, and Abed found one.

Community is magic.

Source: “Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century

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My Electric Wheelchair

Progressive neuromuscular disease finally put me in a power wheelchair, and I’m loving it. I should have gotten one years ago, but power wheelchairs are two things common to the disabled experience: expensive and logistically cumbersome.

I picked a Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro XL as my chair. That’s US$3000 right there. And then there are the accessories. I’ve turned the chair into a mobile coping platform and life-support system. Some highlights:

  • 300w motors x 2
  • 10Ah motor batteries x 2
  • 3500 lumen headlights x 2
  • tail/brake lights x 2
  • stereo speakers
  • climate control
  • toolkit
  • toiletry kit
  • tech kit
  • full mobile office setup
  • change of clothes
  • the 10 Cs of survivability
  • quick-detach first aid kit including Stop the Bleed
  • quick-detach go bag
  • integrated charging harness and battery for all devices

I’m not sure what all of that adds up to price-wise, but let’s call this a 5 thousand dollar rig. That’s a chunk of change. The crip tax is real.

The chair plus batteries weigh a little over 60 pounds. That’s much lighter than many power chairs, but we still need a portable wheelchair lift (also expensive) to get it in our minivan. The logistics of that aren’t fun, but it’s doable.

Aside from the expense and the logistics of travel, this chair is all upside. I love to pace. At least, I used to when I could walk. Back-and-forth, around-and-around, I’d pace my well-worn paths, thinking on the move. I haven’t been able to think on the move for years. My previous manual wheelchair required someone to push me since I can’t push it myself. I couldn’t go for a stim “walk” whenever I wanted. An electric wheelchair allows me to think on the move again. It allows me to pace and loop and drive patterns around our yard while working through the day’s thoughts and worries.

This chair is life-changing. Behold my precious:

Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Fender of wheelchair with "Disabled AF" and "Wheelchairs Mean Freedom" stickers
Fender of wheelchair with “Disabled AF” and “Wheelchairs Mean Freedom” stickers
Wheelchair fender with "Disability is Political" and "Ambulatory Wheelchair Users Exist" stickers
Wheelchair fender with “Disability is Political” and “Ambulatory Wheelchair Users Exist” stickers
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack. Sticker on frame reads, "The Future Is Accessible".
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack. Sticker on frame reads, “The Future Is Accessible”.
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Power wheelchair with rainbow umbrella and backpack
Seat of wheelchair
Seat of wheelchair
Tray under wheelchair seat with "Ambulatory Wheelchair Users Exist" and disabled definition stickers
Tray under wheelchair seat with “Ambulatory Wheelchair Users Exist” and disabled definition stickers
Rainbow wheelchair umbrella with two clip on fans
Rainbow wheelchair umbrella with two clip on fans