S4-E2 A New World – Part 1
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We went long on this episode so please join Dud Gramley and Vickie to discuss the first half of Season 4, Episode 2, A New World (part 2 will be published next week)
If you are a first time watcher, we suggest that you watch the episode BEFORE listening to this pod cast.
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There are no new characters or guest stars in this episode.
The Avengers Endgame – Time Travel: (SPOILERS!!!!!)
Autism Infinity Symbol (Header Photo):
Autism Rights Movement: The autism rights movement (ARM), also known as the autistic culture movement or the neurodiversity movement, is a social movement within the context of disability rights that emphasizes the concept of neurodiversity, viewing the autism spectrum as a result of natural variations in the human brain rather than a disorder to be cured. The ARM advocates a variety of goals, including greater acceptance of autistic behaviors; therapies that focus on coping skills rather than imitating the behaviors of neurotypical peers; the creation of social networks and events that allow autistic people to socialize on their own terms; and the recognition of the autistic community as a minority group.
From: Marissa Lingen:
So Eureka appears to be on hiatus until after Christmas, giving me plenty of time to fuss, fume, and explain why its treatment of its major autistic character, Kevin Blake, makes me want to punch things.
From: Interacting with Autism – Media Representations:
This mother’s struggle could be forgiven and related to by the autism community but after Season 4 an unfortunate change was made. The main cast gets thrown into an alternative timeline- their lives just slightly different. One thing that’s different: here Kevin has always been neurotypical. He is outgoing, athletic, and has the strong verbal relationship with his mother she always wanted
From: Autistic not Weird:
From: Autism Odysseys:
We have evolved into a “Whovian” family over the course of a few years – my kids are ages 14, 12, 12 and 9. We have receptive / expressive language impairments (associated with an Autism diagnosis), so any subject that allows for reciprocal conversations is rejoiced! I also rejoice because I love sharing this interest with them and going to comic conventions to cater to my love of fandoms!
From Sarah Kurchak:
The Light It Up Blue campaign and the puzzle piece image are both the products of Autism Speaks, a charity that is almost universally loathed by actually autistic people. If we’re being polite, we might say that we take issue with the fact that the organization’s name is presumptuous
From: Taking it a Step at a Time:
A year later … it is still there, again for no other reason except that it is still working and it is difficult to change. Left over from years ago when I was ignorant enough to support “The Organization That Will Not Be Named” (AS). In my and other’s of the same era’s defense – we had nothing else. We were at the mercy of teachers, doctors and professionals who were supposed to know better. We had to learn and change on our own…
From Taking it a Step at a Time:
Back in the “Olden Days” (when we were all walking uphill in the snow to AND from school) when DC was diagnosed (the early 90’s) there was no internet to speak of. There was little information about autism readily available to parents. Yes, there were a few books that I’m sure every parent owned, but really not much else. We had to depend on our doctors and the school system.
The Brand New Book (Time Travel) mentioned in the podcast
Biding Time – The Chestnut Covin: Temporal Protection Corps Series – Book 1 – E.W. Barnes
Also: To Explore Strange New Worlds: Understanding Autism Through A Star Trek Lens
When Elizabeth Barnes discovered that her son was on the autism spectrum she realized she had a lot to learn. She also discovered a talent for finding fun ways to teach her son about his autism through his own interests. One of those interests, which she shared, was Star Trek.
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