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