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Writing and reading

I appreciate all the offers of help, both personal help and also offers to help with the overall situation affecting lots of people. I appreciate it and am more aware of it and grateful than you may know.

I am able to write exactly what I write, when I write it, where I write it. Sometimes it looks like I should be able to respond. If I can I will. I’m operating at top capacity. I can’t do more. I have reasons for every way things end up. But I don’t usually have lots of choice how things end up. So I can’t always respond even when I want. And most things I want to write for any reason go totally unwritten. Or written wrong.

So here is what I have.

Please contact my DPOA (Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare) Laura Tisoncik. Her email address is Also the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Or possibly Anne Corwin who is my other DPOA.

I’m putting all my effort into communication right now. What you get is my best. My brain works how it works. Not always to my own wishes or benefit let alone someone else’s. I can’t do more. I wish I could.

So please contact these other people if you want to help me and others. I am sorry I can’t always reply more directly, individually, quickly, or effectively. All these things are part of having developmental disabilities. Some of them are other things too. They’re part of why people like me have trouble getting help when we’re in trouble. Everything is designed like the obstacles we need removed don’t even exist. Then people expect us to function in ways we can’t.

Anyway I’m exhausted and want to write more but need to post this. Thank you.



Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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  1. Hi Mel – We don’t know each other really, but when I was on here years ago (different handle) your writing was very formative to me as most adults around me were trying to train me to behave in horrifically irresponsible ways and your ethical inquiries provided a lot of guidance. I did just write to Laura. I will contact ASAN. Would Green Mountain Self Advocates also be helpful for people to contact? Is this Howard Center in Burlington VT? If so I have friends in the area and could also potentially travel there myself to assist with transportation of goods, picketing, vigil-keeping or anything else that might be helpful.


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