Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a common co-occurrence with autism, but just what is it? Here we interview my friend with EDS to learn more.
Accommodations are not Rewards
Disability accommodations are among the most important factors in allowing autistic and other neurodivergent people to equally access an education. “Equally access” here is the key phrase, because the entire purpose of accommodations for a disability at an academic institution is to ensure the same opportunity for all students to access an education (and the … Continue reading Accommodations are not Rewards
Sleeplessness and Night-Time Anxiety
There are very few things that I'd change about myself. I'm pretty comfortable with myself. That is not the case, however, for my sleeping patterns. I have really really bad insomnia. It comes and goes, occasionally I'll have a few nights where I can sleep without any problems, but a lot of the time I … Continue reading Sleeplessness and Night-Time Anxiety
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.
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