Exploding The Other Myth Of Being Autistic
#ACTUALLYAUTISTIC FOLKS on Twitter love to “explode myths” about autism, and they’re pretty good at it. They explode myths about communication, about empathy, about romance. If there’s a myth out there about autistic people, it’s regularly and routinely exploded.
There’s one myth, though, that they rarely seem interested in exploding, because I guess doing so wouldn’t fit the preferred narrative.
Continue reading Sorry, Hannah Gadsby, But It Fucking Well Is The Autism
Working To Determine My Future
SINCE STARTING an unplanned sabbatical from my nonprofit in the middle of January, I’ve not had a mental health day as low as any of the recent days beforehand.
Continue reading What If Even Things I Care About Break Me
My Autism Cannot Be Defined Solely As Some Sort Of Norms Mismatch
A MAJOR THREAD of autism advocacy is the social model of disability. There do seem to be many aspects of being autistic that are limiting not because of any inherent flaw, per se, but because of a mismatch between the wiring of an autistic brain and the social and cultural structures of the society in which that brain operates.
Continue reading Meltdowns Dispute The Social Model Of Disability
What Companies, Government Agencies, & Others Need To Understand
IT DOESN’T MATTER whether you subscribe to a medical model of disability or a social one when it comes to autism. Either way, I am disabled. The easiest way to understand why, and how, is to talk about talking on the telephone.
Continue reading Email As A Disability Accommodation
Living At My Wit’s End
THE THING about how even one of the good days can almost break you is that when you have a good day like that, the next day is basically shot to hell, too.
Continue reading Thoughts On Being Worthless