I have to apologize to our blog followers for the month long lag in posts! James continues to improve with his letter board spelling and he is working hard at getting faster and more fluent on the keyboard. We use a wireless keyboard that shows what he is typing on an ipad screen. His goal is to use the keyboard full time because it doesn’t require someone to write down what he is spelling and people who are talking with him can just read the screen rather than follow his letter pointing. Today he hung out with a friend from his homeschool group and they talked for an hour with the keyboard and ipad for James’ side of the discussion!
On the school side of things James and his teachers work hard on lots of different subjects but I thought I would share this lesson on the documentary Wasteland. (James is in caps)
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY CALLED WASTELAND. A DOCUMENTARY IS A FILM THAT TELLS A STORY ABOUT AN ISSUE WITH REAL PEOPLE NOT ACTORS. THIS DOCUMENTARY TELLS THE STORY OF VIK MUNIZ AN ARTIST WHO WENT TO HIS HOMELAND OF BRAZIL AND MADE ART FROM TRASH.
MUNIZ WORKS WITH CATADORES WHO ARE GARBAGE PICKERS. THEY ARE STIGMATIZED AS POOR AND LESS THAN. Can you relate? I THINK ALL AUTISTICS CAN RELATE TO BEING STIGMATIZED. WE ARE CONSIDERED LESS THAN IF WE CAN’T SPEAK.
THE CATADORES SIFT THROUGH THE TRASH TO PICK OUT TRASH TO RECYCLE FOR MONEY. THIS IS HOW THEY MAKE THEIR LIVING. THE CATADORES MAY BE LOOKED DOWN ON BUT THEY ARE MAKING AN HONEST LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILIES.
THE CATATORES FIND MUCH THAT OTHERS CONSIDER TRASH AND PUT IT TO GOOD USE. THEY HAVE CREATED A LIBRARY OF BOOKS THEY HAVE FOUND IN THE TRASHL. THEY HAVE FORMED A CO-OP OF PICKERS TO SELL THE RECYCLABLES AND SPLIT THE MONEY. TIAO, WHO FORMED THE CO-OP, WAS CRITICIZED AND DOUBTED BUT HE PERSEVERED. THIS IS WHA AUTISTICS MUST DO, PERSEVERE THROUGH THE DOUBTS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE.
MUNIZ ARTFULLY CREATED PORTRAITS FROM TRASH AND RECYCLABLES TO CAPTURE THE BEUATY AND GRACE OF THE CATADORES. I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE BEAUTY OF MUNIZ’S ART MADE FROM GARBAGE. IT REALLY ILLUSTRATES THAT BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE. MUNIZ GAVE THE PROFITS FROM HIS ART TO THE CATADORES WHO ARE USING THE MONEY TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES.
THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE LESSON. IT MAKES ME THINK ABOUT SO MANY THINGS. MY LIFE BY COMPARISON IS SO LUXURIOUS. I CAN RELATE TO THE FEELINGS OF STIGMA BUT THIS STORY INSPIRES ME TO PERSEVERE.