Okay guys, this is the oddest thing I’ve ever asked for.
The request is pretty simple: if you identify as autistic—or if you have an ASD dx but maybe identify more generally as disabled, bad brains, etc.—I need you to take several 10-second videos that consist of you flipping over a sign containing one of the following phrases and holding it while looking at the camera, tonight, and then send them to me at email@example.com.
The phrases I need to be on these signs are:
-Autistic children grow up.
-I am an Autistic adult.
-I am Autistic and I can speak for myself.
-I can talk without my voice.
-I can say things without words.
-Talk with your hands.
-I am proud of my brain.
-My brain is beautiful.
-My existence is rich and meaningful.
-Autism has been here all along.
-Disability is a natural part of the human experience.
-I am not a tragedy.
-Autistic and badass.
-My silence is not an absence.
-I know my brain better than anyone else.
-Listen to me.
-It’s my turn.
If you are willing, I also need these less pleasant ones:
-People hurt me.
-They held my hands down.
-They made me take my clothes off.
-They called me retarded.
-They hit me.
-I was ignored.
-They said I was broken.
-They never stopped trying to “fix” me.
-My parents wanted a normal kid.
-My parents wished I’d never been born.
-My parents wish I had cancer.
Okay, so: why do I need these?
I am making a quick promotional video for The Loud Hands Project, the kickstarter campaign of which will launch on Monday. You can learn more details about The Loud Hands Project at the doc here, but it is essentially a way to amplify the voices of Autistic youth, young adults, and self-advocates as we speak out against anti-autistic bullying and abuse and speak up for autistic worth, resilience, and culture. The project has a lot of different facets and a huge potential, but we need some money to fund all of its aspects. So we’re doing a fundraiser on kickstarter, and part of that is a video.
The video has several parts, and I don’t have the space to describe them all here. The signs are a small but important part of it, and it will be more powerful if I can use clips of multiple different autistic people holding different signs, rather than only me. I would be thrilled and honored if you would be willing to help me with this.
If you can help, here’s what to do:
1: Make sure you are using a video camera or a recording feature which doesn’t flip or mirror the image. The audience will need to be able to read your sign.
2: You can pick any of the phrases you want! Don’t worry about duplication—I’m hoping that multiple people will record signs for the same phrases, actually. You could do one or two that speak to you or are true of you, a related set—several of the phrases go in groups of three or four around a related idea—or the whole list.
3: You don’t have to say anything. In fact, any sound recorded will not be used.
4: If you’re like me, you worry about your face when you’re being filmed. Don’t. The important part here is that the viewer is able to read what your sign says—big letters, decent light, hold it still. You can smile, if you think it’s appropriate. You can look away from the camera if you need to. You can hold the sign over your face. You can stim or twitch or rock if you need to. which brings me to the next bit…
5: If you can also make a ten-second video or two of you stimming, however you do, I will love you for forever.
6: Email them to me, tonight or tomorrow morning, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a deadline. This is a limited-time opportunity, etc.
7: If you can’t make a video, that’s fine. Would be willing to pass this on to people who might be able to?
Thank you so, so much for your help. I’m really excited to be able to unveil the project, and the video to promote it, on Monday…but we need to make it the video, first!
too tired to write anything substantial at the moment. go over to autisticspeakingday.blogspot.com and listen to some actual autistic people, please.