Our Movement Needs Mediators, Not Leaders

It also means that the past year has made it clear to me that what our movement needs is space where everyone, regardless of opinion, is welcome, in which the decisions of the community at large are represented (not just the decisions of autistic people who have leadership positions).

A Letter to Pro-Cure Autistic People

3D Cartoon drawing of a neuron and a miniature doctor walking on the axon like a tightrope.

I promise that I will always try to approach the idea of a cure or treatment with compassion in mind. If someone feels they need to be cured, it’s logical to reason that they are hurting. I will try to keep this in mind to avoid minimizing any harm.

Autism and ADHD: Neurological Cousins

ADHDers have what has been called an “interest-based nervous system.” We might have difficulty concentrating on something difficult or uninteresting, but we can also hyperfocus on the things that we’re really into. The real experience of ADHD is not a deficit of attention, but an inability to regulate it.

Double Standards: ABA vs. Facilitated Communication

Young specialist consulting with her experienced colleague while pointing at one of evidence of crime on board

There were a couple of things that spurred my dive into research regarding facilitated communication (FC) and other methods of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). One that I have mentioned before is that I watched a few documentaries featuring autistic people who spell or type to communicate. Another was that I very quickly learned about […]