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"What's my name, Quincy?" ... "Come on, we're in the same English class, how can you not know who I am?" This has become a common interaction for me at school recently, ever since it became widespread knowledge that "Quincy can't remember anyone's name." I get stopped a lot with people asking me the same … Continue reading Why I can’t remember your name as an autistic person.
I never like writing posts like this, but when I started this blog I determined it has to be done. Every year on March 1st I decided that, in concordance with the International Disability Day of Mourning, I would publish the list of names of the autistic people who were, over the last year, murdered … Continue reading International Disability Day of Mourning 2020
"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien That's the quote I wanted to use to begin this post because it's totally profound, and becomes even more so the more you think about it. Not only that, but it's totally true. Despite that though, I'll be totally honest with you, I do tend … Continue reading Autistic Wandering and Bolting
How many times have you heard something of the following sorts about autism? "People with autism lack social skills." "People with autism can't communicate appropriately." "Deficits in theory of mind is a core symptom of autism." "People with autism lack the ability to feel empathy." As you can tell from the person-first language, these statements … Continue reading The Double Empathy Problem – A Paradigm Shift in Thinking About Autism
Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? In the marketing world, an elevator pitch is how you would tell someone about your product or company or idea if you had to explain it to them while riding on an elevator, so within fifteen or twenty seconds or so. It's intended to give the listener … Continue reading The Autism “Elevator Pitch” and Other Thoughts On Talking About Autism
Time for another installment in my "Understanding 'X' and Autism" posts, for all of those people out there trying to learn more and/or better understand their autistic friends and loved ones. For today's post, we'll start with a story. The scene is about two years ago, December of my sophomore year of high school. Every … Continue reading Understanding Echolalia and Autism