December 17: You Aughta Know This Week

This week, black voters propel Doug Jones to victory, and yet he refuses to commit to hiring African Americans for senior staff positions. CHIP is still in limbo. More women in more fields expose the creepy men who harassed them. And neurodiverse parents of neurodiverse kids, late diagnosis edition.

This Week in ADHD

1. The Tilt podcast this week was hugely helpful for me as a newly diagnosed mama with ADHD. Episode featured Susan Hyatt who spoke about her son with ADHD and how he’s “launched” or transitioned out of the house.

It made me realize that some of my issues after graduating high school were primarily caused by undiagnosed ADHD. Hyatt’s son had not asked for accommodations at his college but has been offered classes like life skills and study skills that I so wish I could have taken at his age. Sometimes I feel like I will be having these moments of sudden understanding and relief for the rest of my life.

To be clear, not everyone launches into college or even is able to leave home or complete high school. Hearing the stories of ADHD people now really puts my struggles in a new light. I’m pretty lucky. As much as I struggled, I was able to make it in a world not set up my brain. Maybe I wasn’t valedictorian but that’s not really the point. I made it. Now I know why it was so hard.

2. WaPo features first-person ADHD story: When do I tell a new partner about my health condition?

This Week in Autism

3. An autistic mother of an autistic child tells us all to take it easy on each other.

I shouldn’t have to disclose my neurology in order to defend myself as a mother.

This Week in Women

4. I wrote a post about rampant sexual harassment in the workplace and the genius of Anita Hill.

This Week in Politics

And then there’s the disturbing, shameful fact that, according to the Washington Post, 63 percent of white women voted for Moore, not so very different from the 72 percent of white men who did so as well.

5. Yes, that’s right. Black voters turned out in droves to prevent Moore from being elected. Their votes made the difference. Again. The Democratic Party needs to be putting in a lot more time and effort into hearing their voices and investing in black communities with political dollars.

6. No brainer, Democratic Party:

Amid the Democrats’ celebration over their success in turning out a huge number of black voters in the Senate election in Alabama, party leaders, activists and operatives are seeing a vivid message to increase outreach, mobilization and investment in minority communities.

The story goes on to detail a political mailer that featured a black man with text that asked whether he would be elected to the Senate if he preyed on teenage girls.

“It did not recognize that in the context of the South, that when black men were accused of those kinds of things, not only would you not win office, in some circumstances they were lynched,” Ms. Brown said. “I don’t know a single black person in my circle that was not offended by that piece.”

How do we increase the voices of people of color within the Party? There is one obvious place to start.

The eight Democratic organizations with budgets of at least $30 million last year all had white leaders, according to Steve Phillips, an activist and fund-raiser.

If you’re interested in raising up black-led political groups, here are the ones listed in the article.

Black PAC
Black Voters Matter Fund

7. CHIP still in serious jeopardy. Despite a bipartisan agreement hashed out months ago in the Senate, House Republicans are still playing politics with children’s health. The new normal: providing health care for children is now a partisan issue.

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