Dear Autistic Kid, on meltdowns and shame

Person standing far away with a circle of life above their head and orange sparks flying like a fountain off of the circle.

Remember that it’s okay to be autistic. It’s okay to wear headphones or sunglasses, or use weighted blankets or fidget toys (lots of us autistic adults do!). It’s okay to want things a certain way. It’s okay to not look into people’s eyes. It’s okay to be you. Don’t let people, or society in general, take that away from you.

Dear Autistic Kid, on school and isolation

Someone holding a red backpack out of frame wearing white shoes next to a crosswalk.

I want to let you know that autistic adults are here. Autistic adults exist. Most of us have had tough experiences in elementary school and junior high school. Personally, I felt rather isolated growing up in school.

How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People

[This post was also published at NeuroClastic. For new posts from me, head to my author profile on NeuroClastic.] Miscommunication and misinterpretation of autistic people happens very early in life. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or in modern language, "Treat other people as you would like to be treated." …

Adult Misdiagnosis – The Default Path to an Autistic Identity

Woman with shaved head sitting in a hallway office behind a glass window with her face obscured by blinds in that are in the foreground of the image.

This post consists of 46 quotes from autistic people. If you can, please read them all. Please listen to autistic voices.

Blog Update

This is mostly an update for people who follow my blog - I've been writing posts with The Neuroclastic for the last few weeks. I will likely still post things on here as well, depending on the topic. I'm currently working on a post regarding autistic people's misdiagnoses, which will likely take more time. I …

Why Autism Research Isn’t For Autistic People

In the US, you can’t be an autism researcher in most labs without accepting the pathological model of autism. You must reference old research, mostly done by white cisgender male researchers on white cisgender autistic boys. You must talk about the deficits of theory of mind and the difficulties in social communication. I’ve seen at …

Accessible Activism

When spaces are not accessible to autistic people, there's a barrier to our activism. I love being in online spaces. I'm able to say what I want to say, for the most part, and people will either agree or disagree, or ask for clarification. It's pretty simple. Sometimes people won't listen, but that's going to …

Transitioning to Graduate School: StairwayToStem

In case you missed it, I recently wrote a guest blog post on StairwayToStem, a website which provides resources for helping autistic students transition to college and graduate school. They kindly split up the series into 3 parts for me: Part 1: Transitioning to Grad School and Adjusting to the New Environment Part 2: Challenges …

Review: The Rosie Result

The US book cover of The Rosie Result. "A heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world." - USA Today on The Rosie Project. Title: The Rosie Result, a novel. Author: Graeme Simsion. New York Times Bestselling author of The Rosie Project. Picture of cartoon adult man running after a cartoon boy with shorts and a t-shirt.

The Rosie Result is the third book in a series about the autistic geneticist, Don Tillman. I really enjoyed this book. It was very refreshing to read as one can clearly spot the autistic voices that were listened to when writing this book. I read the first two books (The Rosie Project and The Rosie …

Autistic Horror Tropes – #BoycottProdigy

White boy with blonde and green hair and freckles, with glasses on leaning on a building, looking past the camera with mouth slightly open. Wearing a purple hoodie with neon green on the inside of it. A bridge by a city is in the background of the image.

[discussed: ableism, cure rhetoric, abuse] (One caveat here: I know nothing about film making, and I'm not trying to say I do in this post. I'm also not trying to assume that everything I say here will be true or happen in the movie - but they did make a trailer, and that is what …