Archive for February, 2011
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
I am very pared down in my material belongings both in my clothing and my possessions at home. Money does not grow on trees in my family but we have enough to live comfortably in a spacious house in the friendly hills of Milton, Vermont. People in many other parts of the country do not have the same good fortune. Let us plead with our senators, representatives, governors and President to reel in the lines of insensitivity to the predicaments of people who need services to live independently and make meaningful contributions to society.
I also plead the case of public television and radio organizations. Looking into our minds for the nourishment of the creative spirit can levitate us to a consciousness of our potential for improving not just our material condition but our ability to relate to one another.
New popularity contests vote that the very large size of the American government should be drastically reduced. It is not the government that needs lopping off but rather the branches of fear mongering political groups that need their messages worked over by the fine sandpaper of compassion for the needy.
I am thankful for this opportunity to share my thoughts along side my fellow wretch-in-revolutionary-thought, Tracy.
Category General Thoughts | Tags: Tags: advocacy, autism, blog, budget cuts, film, government, Larry Bissonnette, NPR, PBS, support, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Learning to position yourself in a loaded with people landing loudly and like apples moving around in a box on a bumpy truck ride, seeing themselves all knocked around, subway in New York City is a lot like working on your voice and typing hand to produce articulate and meaningful opinions, thoughts, light lies on your age and perspectives as a person with autism.
I love to make sounds with my voice like people making noise in a tunnel to listen to the ecolalic placement of sounds moving like loud vibrations around the walls of the tunnel. Laughing at myself doing this happens naturally and so does laughing at me by other people. But pleasure around this does not equal satisfaction with my communication. I look to my partners to push me into the potentially more expressive stations of real intentional thought by extending, supportive of my intelligence, words and light touch to help me land in the world of looking-good-for-movie-star communication. It is like being prompted powerfully to get off at Times Square from the subway.
One of our fans asked which mode of transportation I preferred: tuk tuks or the subway. Neither is my answer. It is a massive limousine with a stocked refrigerator and my own lounge chair like the real celebrities have.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, communication, film, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, NYC, subway, tuk-tuks, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Larry and Tracy landed at the big airport in New York and ordered up loudly zany moments on the mostly full, and needing cleaning, subway. Kidding aside about our mass transportation near-death experiences involving slamming on legs doors and lopping off of arms going through totally hard to move through, turning slowly, turnstiles, it was practically like presenting at the Oscars, killing our audiences with Larry’s jokes and Tracy’s inspirational words of presuming competence at the Reelabilities Film Festival this week.
Larry loved parading down the streets of New York really appreciating the meaning of our mission to change attitudes about intelligence and inclusion. We were on the stages opening minds and hearts out in Long Island and in the heart of Manhattan at the JCC (Jewish Community Center).
Oddly enough, even though we walked by one of the fanciest McDonalds I have ever seen with Broadway lights and didn’t stop, we still had the cheeseburgers to die for at a local pub.
Pleased I am to post my thoughts on the Big Apple and would love to hear from you New Yorkers.
Larry and Tracy pose with Producer/Director Gerardine Wurzburg outside a high-profile McDonalds in NYC.
Larry and Tracy take the subway to ReelAbilities Film Fest screenings.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, cheeseburgers, disability, education, film, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, Long Island, McDonalds, New York, ReelAbilities, subway, support, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Nothing makes me happier and awesomely more proud than to see my fellow wretch-in-arms, Mcdonalds cheeseburger lover, Tracy putting out his words of advocacy for communication and presumption of competence on the, in-a-second-things-change, information superhighway.
Emptying our inner systems of wisdom onto this landscape looks at jostling people’s perspectives on disability into seeing movement challenges as planning action without thought. I make thoughts into typed language like a donut machine producing multi-flavored croissants as long as lots of ingredients of support are provided to me. Acting like energizer bunnies for communication, iPads would be great presents in every speech-impaired person’s stocking at Christmas, mobilized by voice output apps and the Wretches & Jabberers soundtrack.
I moment-by-moment listen to my ideas percolating below the surface of my eccentric behavior. Now thanks to the wonders of technology, the internet and the support in navigating the channels of expressive language we get from our trusty presumption of intelligence sidekicks, Tracy and I are going on our mission of changing attitudes around the world, looking for people to listen to our message of new hope for seeing intelligence as an array of blends of coffee different in flavor but never lacking in passionate strength.
Category General Thoughts | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, communication, film, inclusion, iPad, Larry Bissonnette, soundtrack, support, wretches & jabberers,