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This Is Autism

In response to Autism Speaks’ pathologizing, offensive, bigoted characterization of autism, various autistic writers and pro-autistic allies are writing our own accounts of what autism really is. So what is it? I need to go to the post office to … Continue reading

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Freedom and Fraternity (Houses)

When is an autistic person ready for adulthood? When is he or she ready for, and mature enough to handle, the decisions and responsibilities that accompany autonomous adult life? The question isn’t clear-cut with neurotypical youth, either.  Attitudes vary, and … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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One of 104,000, apparently

There’s an ongoing debate among people who write about autism between those who favor person-first terminology (“person with autism,” “has autism”) and those who favor identity-first terminology (“autistic person,” “is autistic”). Generally, parents of children with autism prefer the former, … Continue reading

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