In the United States, Independence Day (July 4th) is coming up. But not everyone enjoys the loudness or brightness of holidays such as July 4th, New Years, and other holidays that involve the use of fireworks and explosives. Part of the fun of the 4th of July and other related holidays for many people is […]Read More How to Make Fireworks More Enjoyable for Autistic People
When an autistic person succeeds at anything, an ableist trope is too commonly used: that they were successful because they somehow overcame or “defeated” their autism. A recent example is with the performance of a twenty-two year old autistic and blind musician, Kodi Lee on America’s Got Talent (AGT), who earned the “Golden Buzzer” to […]Read More Stop Saying Autistic People “Defeated” Autism When They Succeed
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 (also known as the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act) provides the majority of funding that goes into autism research, services, and support activities in the United States. The Autism CARES Act, which provides $260 million of funding for autism, will expire on September 30, 2019 […]Read More The Autism CARES Act Still Seeks to “Combat” Autism
The International Society of Autism Research (INSAR), which is the largest autism scientific conference, will be holding its annual session in Montreal, Canada from May 1st to May 4th in 2019. Because there is a more diverse audience this year, the INSAR organizers are having difficulty attempting to please both the neurotypical scientists and researchers […]Read More What Should Autism Research Look Like?
Parents with autistic children often say that they are “picky eaters,” and I was one of those children who was deemed as such. However, autistic people with sensory sensitivities or aversions to tastes and textures are not picky eaters, they are sensory eaters. They might be “picky” in the sense that they may have a […]Read More I’m Not a “Picky Eater,” I’m a Sensory Eater.
Not all disabilities are visible. As a neurodivergent person, I have a unique choice to make. I can choose to share my neurotype with others, or I can keep it to myself. For years, I had done the latter. I socially masked, I forced myself into uncomfortable social interactions, I suppressed my stimming, and tried […]Read More Disability Disclosure and Privacy Management
One of the most frustrating things for autistic people is to feel invalidated and feel that their experiences don’t matter. To invalidate an autistic person is to invalidate their identity, and it really hurts them. Some of these phrases are not all used with malicious intent and can unintentionally invalidate autistic people, but they are […]Read More Ten Phrases Used to Invalidate Autistic People
Today is April 2nd, or World Autism “Awareness” Day. I myself prefer to call it Autism Acceptance Day, because being aware of the existence of autistic people is one thing, but accepting them for who they are is another that requires effort, including learning about misconceptions about autistic people so that we don’t have these […]Read More Ten Common Misconceptions About Autistic People
What do ASMR (or “oddly satisfying”) videos, fidget spinners and cubes, and weighted blankets all have in common? These things were all considered “weird” when disabled and neurodiverse people used and enjoyed them, and were “cool” when neurotypical people popularized them. If you enjoyed “geek culture” in the 1980’s and 1990’s, maybe you were bullied […]Read More Disability Discrimination in Social Trends
After children are given an autism diagnosis, their parents are often recommended early intervention services, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Some of these services can provide benefits for developing neurodivergent minds, such as sensory integration and motor skill acquisition that occupation therapy provides, and speech therapy and communication skills […]Read More Red Flags of Early Intervention for Autism