A Guide to Understanding Your Autistic Child

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Has your child just been diagnosed, or is likely autistic? Are you a therapist/teacher/researcher who is working with autistic kids? Start here! I answer the 5 most common questions I've seen from parents of autistic kids.

Sensory Sensitivities Are Not Preferences, They’re Needs

Person with hands over ears looking down, people talking behind them in a large machine building.

I have a request for non-autistic people, and anyone who does not experience sensory sensitivities: Treat sensory sensitivities as disabilities and accommodate them as you would for any other person who is pain. Believe Them.

Yes, It Really Is Legal to Electrically Shock Disabled Children in The US as Punishment #StopTheShock

Is It Legal in the US to Electrically Shock These People or Animals with the Graduated Electronic Decelerator as a Punishment? List: Animals at the Zoo - No. Abled People in Prison - No. Abled Neurotypical Children - No. Autistic Children - Yes. Children with Intellectual Disabilities - Yes. Children with Developmental Disabilities - Yes. Abled Neurotypical Adults - No. Autistic Adults - Yes. Adults with Intellectual Disabilities - Yes. Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Yes. This is not a Treatment or Therapy. This is Torture. #StopTheShock

Please help #StopTheShock - It is legal in the US to shock disabled people right now at the Judge Rotenberg Center. This is not okay.

Be Honest: Autistic vs Neurotypical Honesty

Flow chart with 6 boxes. Top box: Autistic person saying something to a neurotypical. Next box - Neurotypical black box of thinking/emtoions/concepts. Box 1A - Neurotypical Negative Reaction, Box 2A - Autistic person knows to never say those words to anyone ever again. Box 1B - Neurotypical positive reaction. Box 2B - Autistic person knows they can say those words to that one neurotypical in that one context.

I’ve learned a lot recently after asking allistic people on twitter what they truly want to hear from other people when allistic people say “be honest.” Most of them want a very specific “type” of honesty. At least, neurotypical people may consider this honesty.

PRESS RELEASE FROM AUTISTIC SELF-ADVOCATES REGARDING THE COLOR THE SPECTRUM EVENT AND NEXT FOR AUTISM

Press release from autistic self-advocates from the general public regarding, A livestream to support the autism community. Color the spectrum. Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel Friday April 30th

Press release from autistic self-advocates regarding the Color the Spectrum event and Next for Autism.

An Open Letter to the Autistic Community Regarding Color the Spectrum

Youtube Originals presents in partnership with Next for Autism, A livestream to support the autism community. Color the spectrum. Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel Friday April 30th

A small group of autistic advocates have an announcement regarding the color the spectrum event.

Autistic Sensory Pain and the Medical Consequences

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I want to talk about the physical health of autistic people and how the gaslighting of our sensory sensitivities teaches us to ignore our pain - whether it be physical or sensory. There are many reasons why you shouldn't gaslight an autistic person's sensory sensitivities, but this is a really important one.

Seeing Myself – Why Elliot Page’s Visibility Matters

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Trans/nonbinary people shouldn’t have to pick a box to make things easier on cis people. We shouldn’t have to use only the 2 binary pronouns. And we shouldn’t have to simplify our identities for the sake of cis comfort.

How Autistic People Hear the World: auditory chaos and the search for silence

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I just watched the movie Sound of Metal and it is by far the most relatable experience of my hyperacusis and auditory sensitivity that I have ever seen and heard on film.