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
On World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) , many neurotypical people show support and spread “autism awareness” for their autistic family members and friends by displaying the puzzle piece ribbon, wearing puzzle piece pins, and put puzzle piece stickers and decals on their car bumpers and windows. But one question is commonly forgotten; what do […]Read More The Ableist History of the Puzzle Piece Symbol for Autism
It should go without saying that autism pseudoscience is extremely dangerous and harmful to the autism community. Some autism pseudoscience techniques range from providing essential oils, supplements, or a change of diet to “treat” autism. Others are much more lethal, such as electric shock, ingesting damaging substances, and undergoing chelation (which is used to remove […]Read More Autism Pseudoscience is Disguised as “Activism”
One of the favorite and tired stereotypes about autism is that only boys can be autistic, or that girls are not “as autistic” as boys are. Autism was once believed to be exclusively for men, and autistic women would hardly receive a formal diagnosis. Even on websites today, it may state that men are more […]Read More The Male Diagnostic Bias in Autism