Mostly on the ’80s boom in for-profit facilities.
I’m not going to add any specific content warnings, because I figure that if you’ve been there, you have a pretty good idea what triggering stuff might get discussed here.
I didn’t entirely read every words, but this is important stuff about institutionalization, forced institutionalization and how all of that is not a thing of the past.
Most students at the JRC are sent by the state of New York. Legislators there are considering banning state funds to support aversives, which would pull their students out and leave the institution in financial crisis. It might well have to close its doors. Please encourage them, especially if you are a New York voter.
This is the text I added to the petition:
In fact I am not from the USA I’m from Switzerland, but I hate it when I can’t sign these petitions so *bip* that… I want to be a part of taking down this horrible place, Because autistic people (and other disabled people) of all the world are my people, and when these kind of thing are tolerated in such a powerful country, it can influence how we are treated everywhere.
Please sign it, as many of you as possible.
[TRIGGER WARNING: transphobia, institutionalization of trans people]
[TRIGGER WARNING: transphobia, institutionalization of trans people] ]Update: 11 year old trans girl lost appeal
The above article is an update. Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost. She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender. She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.
Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined. Lets get on the ball and spread the word.
I want to throw up. I’m so fucking angry. Sign this shit.
No no no no no no
Oh my god
Please tell me they’re going to take it to the EU supreme court
Because this is
This is a human rights violation
How can this happen so close to here
Oh my god
Oh fuck no D: Please let the EU Commission or the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg be the next stop for this case.
The poor, poor girl. So many children are neglected and not removed from their parents, and now they choose to remove a perfectly healthy child from a perfectly good and supportive mother because of this. Nononono, they’re getting this all wrong. Ugh. I wanna punch the judges in that case - and anyone else who thought this was the right decision.
TRIGGER WARNING: Institutionalization, abuse)I can’t quote this one
I’m still reading the book of old Disability Rag stuff. (I’ve also got a CD of everything they ever published.) And… I got to this one article I wanted to quote. And I tried. And I can’t.
Quoting requires slowing down and really thinking about the words. It requires typing the words, which aids me in understanding them. And I can’t make myself want to understand them enough to quote them.
It’s all about nursing homes and rehab and the glamour that companies use to fool people outside them into thinking they’re good places. There’s lots of details that match any other institution I’ve seen. So there’s that.
But there’s also this terror. Because I know I more than qualify for a nursing home. And I have had people try to say I belong in one. And I know that with a few exceptions I’m losing stuff rather than gaining it. And I’m watching a friend with an autoimmune disease go through similar changes. And I’m afraid either of us could end up there. And I have a very good idea what they’re like, having volunteered at them and visited my mom at work.
And just no. I can’t call up those images right now without panicking. Maybe some other time but definitely not now.
I understand that there are good reasons why you can’t, you have already written yourself some very important things on this subject.
(trigger Warning: mention of psychiatric abuse)
Oppression is Yucky: I really really REALLY don’t trust people who oppose self-diagnosis
I am self diagnosed with mental illness (no specifics, because no mental illness seems to fit for me exactly but I am aware that the way my brain is functioning does not fall within the norm.) For me, self diagnosis allows me to get help and advice from people, reach out to communities and to have more support around me overall. It’s really important to me. I don’t go to a psychiatrist because when I have in the past, I was basically told that if they diagnose me with what they think I have, I will not be able to transition. At all. Ever. To dismiss self diagnosed people is to dismiss a lot of people facing intersecting oppressions who don’t have the option to be diagnosed professionally (and for some of us, even just facing mental health issues can mean we just don’t have the spoons for therapy. It can be torturous and painful and tiring- so anti-self diagnosis people, you face ableism and are still being ableist.)
(Of psychiatric issues, that is)
By opposing self diagnosis you are telling people that they cannot understand themselves without outside help. You’re opposing self-determination. Like… How the fuck do any activist type people think that’s…
This is pretty exactly why I don’t go to any counselors or therapists who can diagnose me. I am fine with my generic depression label, cause every once in a while I do like to be medicated for that. But anything else? I’m not risking it.
The reblog being circulated is the older version of the post, my revised version added a few points on the end to fill in gaps and address common criticism
(I don’t think I’d agree with everything said there now, either; it’s worth noting this was written last May.)
It specifically mentions the risks of abuse from mental health institutions, which are often really bad about that.
It doesn’t touch on the dangers of professional diagnosis that much, but it’s worth noting, on top of the fact that professional diagnosis may result in abuse, if a professional fucks something up it’ll probably do way more damage then if a random individual does.
(Like my experience with bad self diagnosis: “No I’m not actually autistic because I have friends!” *proceeds with everything as normal*; bad psychiatrist diagnosis: “eh your current severe anxiety is probably just your current meds not taking effect you. Here take some benzos too and stop bothering us” *months, and at least one attempt to lock me up, later* “oh oops those meds we thought weren’t taking effect yet are probably completely fucking up your head SOOORRY”)