I'm currently preparing for my session at an Autism conference, and my anxiety levels are through the roof. I'm covering how to best manage/prevent meltdowns, and ironically, I feel close to having one myself. My last few posts have also been a bit serious, especially with it being Autism Acceptance Month and finals coming up … Continue reading Positive Thinking
Content note: this post may be upsetting for some, especially for my fellow autistics who also are anxious about April. And of course, April is 'Autism Awareness Month.' I'm already cringing inside. The urge to burrow underneath my weighted blanket until May is honestly very tempting. You might've gathered it from my last post, but … Continue reading When You’re Afraid of Autism Awareness Month
I imagined I'd make an eventual post on my disdain for Autism Speaks eventually. While all the chants of "Light it up blue" and puzzle pieces surround us as April approaches, I'm already covering my ears. Surely by now, people are aware of the horrid things Autism Speaks is responsible for. Right? ...apparently not. If … Continue reading Autism Speaks: We’re not listening to you.
As I type this, there is a large gathering of people assembled outside in D.C. You may have not heard, but the disability rights' organization ADAPT has been fighting relentlessly for the FDA to ban the torture on people with disabilities. The Judge Rotenberg Center, in the middle of it all, is notorious for its … Continue reading #StopTheShock
It's official: I made it through half a semester! Luckily for me, that means it's officially Spring Break. Not that I'm actually on a break; I have things to do. I'm hoping that I can take the week to plan things and such. Our Neurodiversity Club is doing things for Autism Acceptance Month, I'm still … Continue reading Conferences, Midterms, and Naps
Note: This post discusses the topic of filicide and violence against people with disabilities. Take caution in reading, and be mindful of how it may impact you. Your mental health is always important. On March 1st, my college campus will feel a little different. Usually, March is the month of midterms, spring break, and a … Continue reading Disability Day of Mourning
To the parents of kids with disabilities: Take it easy. Take a breath. Be gentle on yourselves. More importantly, be gentle on your kiddos. Parenting is difficult, no matter how typical your child is (or isn't). It's tough, especially when you have to worry about things that other parents don't. Those late nights where no … Continue reading An Open Letter to Parents and Caregivers