Today, June 18th, is Autistic Pride Day. It's a day created by autistics and for autistics to stand in contrast against all of the negativity and stigma surrounding autism and celebrate our differences, neurodiversity, and awesome autistic uniqueness. It sounds awesome, and Autistic Pride Day is something I've supported for several years now. The only … Continue reading Autistic Pride Day 2019
Relatively recently, I was having a pretty basic discussion on Facebook about accessibility accommodations that can be useful for autistic kids, and those that have been useful for me. It was going alright, until someone who wasn't originally part of the discussion replied to me saying (this is a paraphrase, not an exact quote) "You … Continue reading Yes, autism is a disability… and that’s OK!
Today, Friday, May 17th, is the last day of Neurodiversity Celebration Week. This was an initiative created by award-winning autism advocate and online friend of mine Siena Castellon of Quantum Leap Mentoring. It is an initiative to hopefully get people to celebrate neurodiversity - the idea that variations in how people's brains are wired, like autism, ADHD, … Continue reading Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2019
Today is going to be an incredibly somber post. Today, March 1st, is the International Disability day of Mourning for disabled people who were murdered by their caregivers. Every year, hundreds, if not thousands, of disabled people are murdered by their parents, their caretakers, or their siblings. The people they should have been able to … Continue reading International Disability Day of Mourning
They say history repeats itself... I don't know if this is necessarily true as much as is the fact that people themselves haven't changed over time. We have the same problems we did hundreds of years ago, but in different forms. The same flawed ways of thinking but applied to different scenarios. I'm taking US … Continue reading Kill the Autism, Save the Child?
As I walk through the doors of the restaurant, I am hit immediately by the forceful wave of sound. It blasts from every direction, people's conversations, the scooting of chairs, clattering of silverware, dings of phones, everything blends into an impossible-to-process cacophony. Some things, such as the laughs of patrons, the occasional shattering of a … Continue reading The Intense World Theory of Autism – What we’ve been saying all along!
Spend enough time in the autism community, and you'll notice the popularity of the "functioning label." "I'm a high functioning autistic," people will proclaim. "My brother has low functioning autism," people will say. You could also put talks of severity in this category with "My son is only mildly autistic" or when people ask "how … Continue reading The Fallacy of Functioning Labels