Stop Saying Autistic People “Defeated” Autism When They Succeed

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 […]

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What Should Autism Research Look Like?

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 […]

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Red Flags of Early Intervention for Autism

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 […]

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