Explaining it a bit for all the folks on twitterHaving a bit of an interesting conversation on twitter that’s getting hard to do with only 140 characters. So I thought I’d do a break down of my reaction to Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation.
1) I am a touch jealous, because here is someone seemingly effortlessly set up a foundation to do just the good that many of us in the autism community have been struggling to do. Just a touch. Enough that I need to admit it, but not enough to blind me from the fact that yes, this woman has the connections and resources to make it happen.
2) A bit pissed off at the traces of martyr-parent of autistic child that I’m seeing in the mass media. This is compounded into RAGE over the fact that I have been discussing the rather disgusting fundraising depictions of autism that some orgs use, and ways to protest and ways to describe the depths of my feelings about it.
3) a bit worried. Oh yes, she has the potential to do fabulous things, and maybe the Autism Women’s Network can get in contact with her and we can do partnership things and get supports for under-diagnosed and under-supported autistic women and this will be AWESOMENESS. and I really really really really really really really really really really hope that this is the case. But I gotta keep myself grounded; there is the possibility, however far-fetched, that she might turn down the woo-trail and make more work for us self-advocates. So far, it looks like this isn’t the case, but the foundation has just begun, and sometimes weird stuff happens.
So no, I haven’t actually JUDGED Winslet yet (although I absolutely hated Titanic, but that’s not exactly her fault), although I have started picking through all the language on the website and I have faulted the media for its child-focused approach to autism. There are some pieces that are picking up the slack and including autistic adults, but we still have a long road to go.
Also, the fact that the only faults I can find on the site is that she lists Autism Speaks as a resource. But she also gains points by listing some very good research on autistic intelligence (done in Canada too, yay Canada!).
So as things go, nothing’s set yet, and I’m just waiting to see, and sprouting out my opinions online.
There you go, my opinion on the matter, so far. And of course, since it is an opinion, I have the right to change my mind at a later date. I expect that I'll be letting everyone know if I do.