Author Archives: adkyriolexy

Autistic People Are

Autistic people are people. Humans. Human beings. Persons. Individuals. Members of the species homo sapiens. Mankind. If all Xs are Ys, anything that is true of all Ys must be true of all Xs. If all autistic people are people, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

My Brain Is Not An Assault Rifle

I didn’t want to write this post. I didn’t want to write about the Sandy Hook massacre of 27 people, 20 of them children. I don’t typically write about strong emotions, and what is the aftermath of the death of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Parents of Children with “Medical Autism” Should Support Neurodiversity and the Anti-Cure Movement

Autism acceptance has been slowly gaining a bit of ground in the popular discourse (although one wouldn’t know it from the Congressional autism hearings, nor the coverage of the DSM revisions). We’ve gone from a movement that can be dismissed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Dear Internet Smartasses:

We get it. The people you disagree with are stupid and deserve to be insulted. And what worse insult can you think of than calling them “retarded” or “mentally ill” or “bipolar” or “schizophrenic” or “autistic”? Or perhaps just suggesting … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Changing the Odds (Autistics Speaking Day)

Most of the terminology commonly associated with Autism Spectrum Conditions is undeniably degrading and dehumanizing: disorder, illness, regression, disease, suffering, impairment, low-functioning, broken, damaged, confined, relegated, trapped. However, terminology associated with a “positive” view of autism can, in its own … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dress for Self-Respect (or don’t)

I’ve been known to be just a touch sensitive about the gendered aspects of pop psychology, particularly the premise that the female of the species is predisposed to self-hatred. Of course we’re damaged, vulnerable, abuse-seeking, self-loathing tubes of distressed damselhood, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

8 Doses Hydrogen Hydroxide, Taken Daily: An Intensive, Demanding Therapy Regimen

“Something is better than nothing!”—the rallying cry of defenders of autism therapies, however harmful, quackery-based, abusive, or senseless they may be. The worst treatment plan is infinitely better than no treatment plan at all, isn’t it? Who are we to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments