ABA, ADHD, autistic culture, Growing up undiagnosed

Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

It is no secret that I was diagnosed with ADHD as a 6 year old. They did a whole battery of tests. I remember them, vaguely. It is also no secret that I was an abused child. Today, I found out they both have everything to do with each other. Today, in a Facebook group… Continue reading Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

autistic culture

Autistics Don't Trust Awareness Gear Companies and Here is Why

It is no secret that most autism awareness gear that is out there is geared towards "autism parents." They aim to represent us and not with us just to make a dollar. This is something the majority of us have bene adamantly against. This one company went a step further and faked a partnership between… Continue reading Autistics Don't Trust Awareness Gear Companies and Here is Why

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

CoMorbidities, Disability Culture, Disabled Parenting, EDS

Transitioning to Being An Ambulatory Wheelchair User

So about a year ago, I was diagnosed with EDS. It took a long time to get a diagnosis because of the myth that only people who are not overweight can have EDS. I am overweight because I have PCOS. EDS is a connective tissue disorder that causes hyper mobility, stretchy skin, unexplained injuries (my… Continue reading Transitioning to Being An Ambulatory Wheelchair User

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

CoMorbidities, Deaf Culture, Disability Culture, Sensory Processing Disorder

Hard of Hearing, Sensitive to Sound and Auditory Processing Disorder? How is that Possible?

It is common knowledge that I am autistic, Hard of Hearing and have ADHD. I am quite vocal about this. A few things people may not know is that I am sensitive to sound and have auditory processing disorder. How can someone be Hard of Hearing and be sensitive to sound and have auditory processing… Continue reading Hard of Hearing, Sensitive to Sound and Auditory Processing Disorder? How is that Possible?

Disability Culture

Disability Has No Age Limits

There is a common misconception that a child can outgrow autism, ADHD, dyslexia or any other neurodivergency. This is harmful, especially when the neurodivergent child grows up and tries to go along with their life in a world that is not built for them. Incidents due to this ableist agism happens all the time and… Continue reading Disability Has No Age Limits

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