Happy Autism Acceptance Day! April is generally one of my least favorite months, but I'm trying really hard to focus on it being Autism Acceptance Month - instead of paying as much attention to all the harmful "light it up blue" things. I'm too close to burnout to be able to deal with it this … Continue reading Why Autism Acceptance?
Content note: this is a very emotional post and talks about some distressing things. I'm in several online autism-centered parent groups. This is mainly so I can offer support and also learn - as I like learning about resources around to help advise families and friends. Want to know a secret? I hate it. You … Continue reading We’re Listening
This past Saturday, I presented at the 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium! It was a very fun experience, and I met lots of interesting people. As always, I try to upload the presentation information online. I know it's difficult for some people to attend these events, whether it's due to cost, distance, or other … Continue reading Executive Functioning and Independent Living
The other day, someone said to me "it's so inspiring that you're overcoming your autism!" Not surprisingly, I hear this one a lot. "Overcoming" autism. "Despite" the autism. "Fighting" autism. "Don't forget; you're a person with autism." It's something that always throws me off, really. It's as if autism is supposed to be a roommate - you know, the … Continue reading No, I’m Not “Overcoming” Autism
Content note: this post may be upsetting for some, especially for my fellow autistics who also are anxious about April. Also a brief mention of mental health issues and depression. 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. … 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