Today, my new “Neruodiversity” t-shirt came in the mail today.
If you haven’t seen these yet, they’re being sold by ThinkGeek.Com (one of my favorite websites of all time, being, you know, a geek…) The proceeds from the neurodiversity t-shirt sales this month (in honor of Autism Awareness Acceptance month), are going to the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, a GREAT, Autistic-run group working to better the lives of Autistic individuals. I really like my t-shirt (well, besides the fact that they use pink instead of any other color, I’m not a pink fan, but alas), which is why I’m talking about it here. I’m not advertizing for thinkgeek, but I do love this shirt (and all of my other thinkgeek shirts, including the “You read my t-shirt. That’s enough social interaction for the day” and many others), and it’s super neat that it’s going to a great Autism Acceptance-based organization. We should all get them!
But that’s not the only reason this post is being written. If you’re a frequent customer of thinkgeek.com (and I admittedly am, though this was my first purchase for ME in over a year), you’ll know that they have this thing called “Geek Points”, that you can earn on purchases, then cash in later for bonus (free) products. Well, the other thing that came in the mail today, was my geek-points prize for today: a 12” tall stuffed Tux penguin (you know, the Linux Tux). Geeky and stuffed animal. I love stuffed animals, always have, always will, and so I was thrilled to have another coming to join me (by this count I’m at 304, and counting – a surefire way to make me super happy? stuffed animal!). My stuffed animals mean a lot to me, and at some point I’ll write a full post, but for now, I will say that I love my stuffed animals, and they (and the way I interact with them) are definitely identifiable as “Autistic”. But that’s the best part… my new stuffed animal came today, with my celebrate Neurodiversity t-shirt. And it couldn’t be a better combination. Yippee!