My Disabilities Make Me Both Broken and Whole

Friday, August 24, 2018A dichotomy is defined as a contrast between two things.  It is two stones with a gulf between them, two planets on opposite sides of the sun, two opinions, two political parties, two opposites.  And in my case, one person. …

15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

Thursday, April 26, 2018It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and

Autistic People are Taking Back Autism “Awareness.” It’s About Acceptance.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018As a joke a few years ago, I posted on April 2 (widely celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day), “I think you’re all aware, but I’m autistic.” I was sick of seeing photos of non-autistic people on fundraising walks for

Why We Need More Research on How Substance Abuse Impacts the Autistic Community

Monday, November 27, 2017I will always remember the first few times I tried an alcoholic beverage. I was around the age of eighteen, and at first found the feeling very uncomfortable. Even a slight buzz—just a partial alcoholic beverage—changes my perception and how

Study suggests major changes in new proposed autism definition

Sunday, January 22, 2012Advocates and people with autism were already concerned about upcoming changes to the definition of autism, scheduled for 2013, in the widely used American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Those concerns were amplified by a new…

“Discovering Autism”

Wednesday, December 28, 2011A recent series by Los Angeles Times looks at the causes of the ever growing number of individuals nationwide being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Nearly one percent of children nationwide have autism, a 20-fold spike over the past two…

U.N. honors autism awareness with 2012 postage stamps desgined by artists with autism

Wednesday, November 16, 2011Every year the United Nations honors seven causes of importance within member nations.  They do this by issuing stamps that reflect the cause. For 2012, one of the issues they have chosen to honor is autism awareness.  There will be…

Autism Act reauthorized

Saturday, October 1, 2011With President Barack Obama’s signature Friday, the Combatting Autism Act is extended for another three years. The reauthorization allocates more than $200 million annually during that span for extensive autism research, as well as prevalence tracking, education, early identification and…

Working with people with autism

Monday, July 25, 2011David Bornstein, an award-winning author who specializes in writing about social innovation, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on June 30 featuring a Danish company that regularly hires dozens of people with autism spectrum disorders. Specialisterne (“The Specialists”)…

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