Black Lives Matter

Speller & Allies Advocacy Network

 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPMImage of large mass of people marching. Three people are carrying posters of George Floyd, a Black man with short black hair and a beard. 

 

In June 2020, following the death of George Floyd, we felt it was important to say something in support of the Black Lives Matters movement. We created a script and video collaboratively to express our support. Please share this widely for us. Change in attitude is required to bring everyone together to fight against injustice towards Black communities. 

Video Script:

We are the Spellers and Allies Advocacy Network. We seek to make real change for all nonspeaking people through our advocacy efforts. But, when there are injustices too great to ignore we fight and advocate for others, just as we do for ourselves. We stand with Black Lives Matter

We are nonspeakers who spell to communicate. In these troubling times… 

We, the nonspeaking neurodiverse community, will not be silent. Our allies will not be silent. The brutality directed towards people of color has been perpetuated for far too long. A Black person is 2.8 times more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement than a White person. Around 30-50% of people killed by police have a disability, including those who have an inability to speak or control motor actions. A disproportionately large portion of those victims are Black. 

Those who cannot control their motor actions are unable to raise their hands over their heads when commanded by police. I cannot speak nor respond reliably to verbal commands. I cannot speak the words “I can’t breathe.” “Don’t shoot.” Police brutality against the Black community also threatens the neurodivergent community and intersects to produce devastating effects. 

We cannot all be free when so many of us are struggling to stay alive. We will not rest until “justice for all” truly means “justice for ALL.” As a group, we support the Black Lives Matter movement and their mission. We support racial bias training in police departments as well as increased law enforcement ACCOUNTABILITY. We support training in de-escalation and in recognizing signs of disability for all first responders. We support more funding for healthcare and social service programs that directly assist those with mental illnesses and disabilities. We support the promotion of widespread education and awareness about the issues that affect the Black community and their intersectionality with the nonspeaking community. 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM

We stand together to amplify our struggle. We stand together because kindness has no color. We raise our voices together. Black Lives Matter.
Take Action!

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM

 

 

 

See the Spellers & Allies BLM Video

The Black Lives Matter organization is actively spearheading the fight for racial parity. 

The Autistic People of Color Fund works to empower autistic people of color. 

Autistic Black Students Matter Scholarship at Hirsch Academy

The Innocence Project works to liberate wrongly convicted individuals and fight for criminal justice reform.

Consider signing the Petition for Justice for Matthew Rushin: 

Learn More!

Black Lives Matter:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=229&v=tbicAmaXYtM&feature=emb_title
  2. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0pJEXffvS0uOHdJREJnZ2JJYTA/view

 

Black & Nonspeaking Reflection by Ben McGann:

  1. https://i-asc.org/autistic-reflections-on-racism/

Police Brutality and Disability/Neurodiversity:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6080222/
  2. https://rudermanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MediaStudy-PoliceDisability_final-final.pdf
  3. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/neurodiverse-age/202007/is-police-abolition-neurodiversity-issue-too
  4. https://time.com/5857438/police-violence-black-disabled/

 

The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication access for nonspeaking individuals globally through trainingeducationadvocacy and research I-ASC supports all forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with a focus on methods of spelling and typing. I-ASC currently offers Practitioner training in Spelling to Communicate (S2C)with the hope that other methods of AAC using spelling or typing will join our association

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