autistic culture, Disability Culture

Self Diagnosis Is Not A Privilege. It Is Deep Seeded In Trauma

"Does your autism make you nasty?" is what I was met with when I told my toxic mother that I was diagnosed with autism on September 30, 2013.  How do I remember the date? The only appointment that was available was my birthday and only appointment that was available. I thank my toxic mother for… Continue reading Self Diagnosis Is Not A Privilege. It Is Deep Seeded In Trauma

autistic culture, Disability Culture, In The Media

An Interview that Could Have Educated Went Horribly Wrong

About a month ago, I was contacted through my pet business email about an interview with The Today Show for a written article about autistic parents perceptions about videos being posted of meltdowns. I showed the email to my good friend, Emma Dalmayne and we both agreed this would be a great opportunity to educate… Continue reading An Interview that Could Have Educated Went Horribly Wrong

autistic culture, Disability Culture

Autistics can Find Love, a Story About How My Husband and I Met

A fear a lot of parents do have about their autistic children whether or not they will find someone who will love and accept them for who they are. Yes, it can happen. My husband and I met a year after I escaped home and have been together ever since. 16 years ago, Nick and… Continue reading Autistics can Find Love, a Story About How My Husband and I Met

autistic culture, Disability Culture

Stigma Against Cluster B Needs To Stop

Stigma is everywhere. It is against different disabilities, religions, races, etc. It is harmful. There is a lot of it when it comes to the autistic community. The autistic community perpetuates stigma against people with cluster B personality disorders. It's because it was taught like that from the psychologist we see and who study us.… Continue reading Stigma Against Cluster B Needs To Stop

autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History

Don't Mourn For Us by Jim Sinclair

[This article was published in the Autism Network International newsletter, Our Voice, Volume 1, Number 3, 1993. It is an outline of the presentation Jim gave at the 1993 International Conference on Autism in Toronto, and is addressed primarily to parents.]  Parents often report that learning their child is autistic was the most traumatic thing that… Continue reading Don't Mourn For Us by Jim Sinclair

autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History

Autistic History: Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day was established by the advocacy organization Apies for Freedom (AFF) in 2005 to raise public acceptance and celebrate autistic people and their identity. Autistic Pride Day was inspired by the LGBTQ pride events during June. This helped drive positive societal changes for autistic people.  "Autistic Pride Day is on 18th June each… Continue reading Autistic History: Autistic Pride Day

autistic culture, Disability Culture, Growing up undiagnosed

Autistic Adult Find Healing From Abuse in Unusual Places

Background It is no secret I was an abused child. I was neglected, abused in almost every sense of the word. I was berated, beaten and made to think I was worthless. I was placed in ABA to change who I was. My parents favorite go to was that I was created to make them… Continue reading Autistic Adult Find Healing From Abuse in Unusual Places

autistic culture, Disability Culture

Making Disabled People Find Your Sample Group is Exploitive and Unethical

This happens far too often. There is a student who is required to conduct a research study. There is nothing wrong with this, I had to do it. The issue is with how these people obtain thier sample group.    Lately, there has been a trend of students reaching out to autistic content creators and… Continue reading Making Disabled People Find Your Sample Group is Exploitive and Unethical

autistic culture, Disability Culture

Rebuttal: Dr Dinesh Bhugra: My Fear Over 'neurodivergent' Tik Tok stars who make ADHD and autism seem cool

Dr. Dinesh Bhugra is an esteemed psychiatrist in the United Kingdom. This article came across my google alerts. He also ran a study to see if vitamin D and iron deficiency were autism related. This has been disproven many times over. He also wrote an article saying that Hollywood films are excellent teaching tools when… Continue reading Rebuttal: Dr Dinesh Bhugra: My Fear Over 'neurodivergent' Tik Tok stars who make ADHD and autism seem cool

autistic culture, Disability Culture, Recommended Therapies

Identity First and Person First Language of the Deaf and Autistic Communities

    It is no secret that I was born Deaf. Even though my parents shielded me from the Deaf community, I was very involved as a child. American Sign Language was banned from our home. A teacher and child taught me signs from when I was very young. I had to be careful not… Continue reading Identity First and Person First Language of the Deaf and Autistic Communities