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The Loud Hands Project

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So I’ve been busy.

INTRODUCING: The Loud Hands Project.

Our Story:

The Loud Hands Project is a publishing effort by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Currently, we are raising money towards the creation of our first and foundational anthology (Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking) and accompanying website.

Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking features essays, long and short, by Autistic authors writing on autism acceptance, neurodiversity, Autistic pride and culture, disability rights and resistance, and resilience (known collectively by the community as having loud hands). Questions posed to the contributors might include what does autism mean to you; why does Autistic culture matter; what do you wish you had known growing up Autistic; how can the Autistic community cultivate resilience; what does “loud hands” mean to you; and how do you have loud hands? The anthology is the first of a projected series featuring contributions from Autistic writers stressing the preservation and celebration of Autistic culture and resilience. The website will host shorter and multi-media submissions along the same lines, along with additional materials and videos, and serve as a focal point for the project and community.

Our Impact:

The Loud Hands Project is about survival, resilience, and pride. The Loud Hands Project is necessary because autistic youth face systematic oppression, abuse, and bullying every day. It does not “get better” for us—typically, upon graduation, it actually gets worse. This must change.

The Loud Hands Project is a structured, multi-facetted response by the Autistic community to the systematic disenfranchisement, bullying, and abuse experienced by autistic youth, young adults, and self advocates. Taking the form of a publishing effort by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and spearheaded by Julia Bascom, The Loud Hands Project consists of multiple prongs organized around the theme of what the Autistic community refers to as “having loud hands”—autism acceptance, neurodiversity, Autistic pride, community, and culture, disability rights and resistance, and resilience.  We focus on cultivating resilience among autistic young people and empowering us in building communities and cultures of ability, resistance, and worth. To quote Laura Hershey: “you weren’t the one who made you ashamed, but you are the one who can make you proud.”

How You Can Help:

We need to raise ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to help cover the initial costs of putting together and distributing our first anthology and launching our website. Please consider making a donation here—every little bit helps!

Spread the word! Check out the share tools on our page, and please use them! You can visit our Facebook page, tumblr, and twitter too, and tweet about the project using the hashtag #loudhandsproject.

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Written by Julia

December 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

11 Responses

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  1. I wish I had money to send for this.

    I mean, it set me off in massive floods of tears (you know how a lot of people with crappy families do poorly on holidays, and a lot of disabled people have crappy families? yeah) but I think it may have been a good thing. Cuz this is something hopeful (the real kind).

    Thank you for putting this together. I’m really excited about it.

    Kassiane (@UVGKassi)

    December 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

  2. This is amazing. Good luck, I really hope this works out. I, too, have “loud” hands, and was really touched by your “Quiet Hands” post because I too lived that reality (and do so again every time I see my mother), and think this is a great project. Thank you :)

    E

    December 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  3. Thank you for posting this. Just, thank you. I’m going to donate fifty pounds. If I get any more money that exceeds the funding I need to replace certain essential things if one should break, I’ll donate that too. Actually, my birthday is before the deadline, so I’ll ask people to donate any birthday money they were intending to spend on me too.

    chassisbird

    December 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  4. Hi! I have shared your ‘Obsessive Joy of Autism’ article with my family, and in turn my father was inspired to donate to your wonderful Loud Hands Project. Even better, he shared the article with one of his colleagues who has a son with autism. Your article gave them insight into their child’s perspective, and helped them better understand their son’s behaviors and thought process! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your thoughts. :)

    carohemp

    January 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  5. You really need to write a book. I would read it to my kids at school.

    Cheryl Palen

    February 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  6. [...] one is a pretty good example of why I sometimes despair for humanity. And why I’m glad the Loud Hands Project has gotten rolling, besides It Gets Better/Make It Better (my preference in a lot of ways). Again, [...]

  7. I love this! Absolutely perfect!

    Laura Flynn

    September 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  8. [...] The Loud Hands Project (juststimming.wordpress.com) [...]

  9. [...] Julia created The Loud Hands Project. [...]

  10. [...] he gets older, it will then be my job to introduce him to The Loud Hands Project. I think it will be important for him to have autistic role models like Ms. Bascom and the other [...]

  11. This is a very important project and really highlights the work the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network has bee doing over the years: giving a voice to autistic people against oppression, abuse, neglect, bullying, and disenfrancisement. It will hopefully guide our world into a better path on autism.

    Ben Edwards

    July 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm


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