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Autistic with Cancer: Six Tips for Navigating the Medical System

Photo © wp paarz | Flickr / Creative Commons[image: Person with white-appearing skin, wearing a disposable exam gown, from shoulders to hips, hands folded, waiting in a medical exam room.] Anne Bordentwitter.com/againstcuresI’m currently going through breast cancer treatment, and have encountered barriers to accessing accommodations while autistic....

When Adaptation Looks Like Laziness

Emily Paige Balloutwitter.com/epballouMany times growing up, I found myself being called lazy for doing things a way that made sense to me. Of course I had no idea I was autistic for much of my childhood, and it was even longer before I first heard that executive functioning difficulties may be an inherent aspect of autism. Even then it wasn’t totally...

Invisible Differences: A Review

[image: Cover of the graphic novel Invisible Differences. The title is at the top in red block letters. Under is a grayscale illustration of a woman with straight dark hair, looking perplexed. She is wearing red Converse-style sneakers and is standing in front of many people walking by, intent on their own business.]Sonny Halletttwitter.com/scrappapertigerReview...

When Autistic Kids Destroy Things: Insights and Advice

Photo © Helen Taylor | Flickr / Creative Commons[image: Cracked black iPhone on a red background.]Sometimes autistic kids, and the adults they grow up to be, are really hard on physical things. Sometimes they consistently break devices or furniture, or take them apart. What many frustrated parents and caregivers may not understand is that there is usually...

A Letter to Vice President Biden on Disability Policy

June 17, 2020Dear Vice President Biden,Your campaign’s new disability policy makes us hopeful about the future for our autistic children with high-support needs. Thank you for taking the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), disability rights, inclusion, and quality of life issues seriously, and also for addressing how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts...

When Autistic Children Get Bullied: How To Understand, and Help

[image: A number of wooden figures, with a group on the left, looking angrily at one individual on the right who looks scared.]Content note: This article talks about abuse and suicideAnn Memmottannsautism.blogspot.comMost autistic children in schools are bullied at some stage. We know this from research.We also know that too many of the bullies get...

Autistic, Trans, and Betrayed By J.K. Rowling

Photo © Chris Bentley | Flickr / Creative Commons[image: Bisexual Pride, Trans Pride, and Gay Pride flags billowing against a blue sky.] Content note: transphobia, transmisogyny, and ableism.Kris Guintwitter.com/The_Kris_GuinI was in elementary school when the Harry Potter books were first published. My parents bought each new book as soon as it came...

“Our Own Little Worlds”

Photo © Jill at Blue Moonbeam Studio | Flickr / Creative Commons[image: A wooden gate in a botanical garden, with the Austin skylinein the background, as seen reflected in a crystal ball.]Devin S. Turktwitter.com/AuroralAutisticAs I have become more involved with the autistic self-advocacy movement, I’ve found myself paying more and more attention to...

Finding the Right Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) For Your Autistic Child

Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLPwww.TherapistNDC.orgPhoto courtesy Julie Roberts[image: Ms. Roberts, a smiling whitewoman with long straight blonde hair.]After your loved one receives a diagnosis of Autism, your physician, school, family members, friends and possibly even total strangers may bombard you with (possibly unsolicited) advice for the next steps...

Why Doesn't Respect for Communication Diversity Include Non-Speaking Autistic People?

Photo © Pier Paolo Tosetto | Flickr / Creative Commons[image: Photo of a young child wearing a white baseball catcrouching down and talking at a brown bunny.]Emily Paige Ballouchavisory.wordpress.comOne day, when I was 15 or 16, I was making my way through the crowded halls of my high school as I did most days, wondering for nowhere near the first time...

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