So we have conservative pundit George Will in Newsweek calling Trump “Socially Autistic” to describe his total lack of empathy or compassion. No. Just no. Read more
This is based on a presentation I gave to colleagues where I work today titled Understanding Autism. Although not a transcript, the text here is based on my detailed speaker’s notes. Read more
Growing up autistic you get used to being told, “Don’t do that!” So what a relief when you get past all that, find other autistic folks, and finally get to be yourself! Am I right?
Except… Read more
A couple of weeks ago, on and around August 10th there was yet another long-running argument being conducted on Twitter between anti-vaccine supporters on the one hand and autistic advocates on the other. Read more
I thought I was free. I thought I could cope with limited contact, dealing with my ex occasionally. Trying to be amicable, even helpful. I was wrong. Read more
Michelle Sutton has written an excellent summary here of the issue of including autistic kids in mainstream education, and why improving the school environment for autistic needs can benefit everyone. Definitely a must-read.
As usual I’m coming into the discussion “late”. The conversation about inclusion of autistic students in our nations classrooms has been at the forefront of all my social media feeds this week, and I’ve been sitting here, swinging between trying to take it all in and trying to avoid it.
Read the full letter here: Open letter to those who think autistic kids should not be allowed to disturb mainstream education settings
- ask us for our help and input
- listen to what we tell you
- respect us as unique individuals
- remember we have feelings
- give us subtle, complex motivations
- portray adults as well as children
- ridicule our differences
- treat us as objects of pity
- assume our goal is to be like you
- use our behaviours as a running joke
- fall into lazy, outdated stereotyping
- expect praise just for mentioning us