Vijay Patel is a dear friend of Sennies having studied Performing Arts at university with our Co-founder and CEO Georgia. Following his studies, Vijay went on to become a performer and continued to share his personal experience of living with Aspergers within his art. Vijay has been kind enough to put together some material he has found useful during the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hi There I'm Vijay and I’ve been compiling a list of how people might access info differently and centring this on audio books from black authors, visual stories (autism friendly) on black history and articles about black history/disability/neurodivergence. I’m always wanting to look at how people process/retain information differently (as an autistic person myself), so here’s hoping this helps make black history accessible to a variety of people, whilst uplifting/advocating/supporting black people. Donation links have been added so that people can donate to much needed causes and support the black community.
I am in no way an expert but I wish to devote a large amount of time to reading for myself and sourcing relevant information for others, that accounts for accessibility within black history while tackling the vigorous injustice black people face. I hope that children, people with disabilities, people who are neurodivergent might benefit and educate from this blog. Feel free to share if it’s helpful 💜
Stay safe, keep on educating yourself and others.
With love, solidarity and power. Vijay
You can listen to a large sample of each of the books for free and please consider buying them which supports the black authors who have written them.
All of these are brilliant, my picks are:
’If You Come Softly’ by Jacqueline Woodson
’Well-Read Black Girl’ by Glory Edim
Intersectionality Matters by Kimberlé Crenshaw : https://bit.ly/3eGt0Yh
How to Survive the End of The World by the Brown Sisters: https://www.endoftheworldshow.org/
Visual stories (Autism friendly and suitable for children)
> a fantastic resource for educating children and autistic people about Martin Luther King Jr. It is $3.00 as a digital download and contains many visual descriptions to accompany text.
Articles (Advocating for black, disabled, neurodivergent experiences)
www.autisticadvocacy.org/2017/02/beating-drums-a-dialogue-about-black-history-and-disability-advocacy/ By Dr. Lamar Hardwick - an African American husband, father, pastor, author, autism self-advocate who is “leading and loving while living on the autism spectrum.”
Highlighting African Americans with Disabilities in Honor of Black History Month, Lauren Appelbaum, 5th Feb 2018
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“African American students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by suspension in schools, with more than one in four boys of color with disabilities - and nearly one in five girls of color with disabilities - receiving an out-of-school suspension.” - Lauren Appelbaum
Black lives matter
Black visions collective
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Reclaim the block
Stand up to racism
BOOKS Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad: http://laylafsaad.com/ Vanishing Points edited by Salome Wagaine: https://bit.ly/2XqmSgZ Salt by Selina Thompson: https://selinathompson.co.uk/shop/ Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge: https://bit.ly/3gKuiDA Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: http://www.roxanegay.com/bad-feminist/ ARTICLES When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Cargle: https://bit.ly/306dEZj Normalizing Injustice by Color of Change: https://bit.ly/36Q8AJQ
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