(Satire): An introduction to Allism

Few things irritate me more than the way autism is often written about on the internet, on pamphlets, and presented in news stories. These “introductions to autism” are frequently full of incomplete, outdated, or just plain wrong information on top of stereotypes and myths galore. They talk about autism as if it were some sort of disease that … Continue reading (Satire): An introduction to Allism

I am super excited for the upcoming short-film “Loop.”

I am very excited about the upcoming Pixar short-film called "Loop." So excited that I can't think about it without bouncing and skipping around. It makes me want to shed a tear or joy. It's another sign we might be turning the corner towards good autism representation in the media. "But wait..." you're probably wondering. … Continue reading I am super excited for the upcoming short-film “Loop.”

Don’t let my talents discredit my challenges.

I am incredibly lucky, privileged, and blessed to have so many amazing talents. I am a gifted writer and, as I recently learned, pretty good at giving presentations too. I've been told I'm doing a good job helping people better understand autism. Plus, I have the gift of an amazing memory, especially given things I'm … Continue reading Don’t let my talents discredit my challenges.

Autistics Present Symposium: Essential Youth Voices

A few weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the Autistics Present Symposium at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. This year's theme was "Essential Youth Voices," and featured, with a few exceptions, all-autistic presenters between the ages of 13 and 22 (though a few were a bit older). I had a fantastic time at … Continue reading Autistics Present Symposium: Essential Youth Voices

Understanding Meltdowns and Autism

"Beneath every behavior is a feeling. And beneath every feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause and not the symptom." - Psychologist Ashleigh Warner I used to have daily meltdowns. There was a time in early elementary school where … Continue reading Understanding Meltdowns and Autism