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The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People

Autism neurodiversity

School

Seclusion Broke My Heart

Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.

Chalk drawing of a child huddled up with a thought bubble that reads “stop bullying”

The Long Term Impact of Bullying

Mike Wise talks about his experience as being fully autistic but before anyone who was speaking could be diagnosed that way. Bullying was treated as a rite of passage and empowered, even by his teachers.

Why I’m Not a High-Functioning Autistic

“We have now arrived at the ultimate falsehood of high-functioning autism: what this label really means is that you have high outside functioning.  I am excellent at pretending to be someone I am not.”

Why Accessible, Community Driven, and Neurodiversity-Friendly Events Are So Important

“[…] a real effort was made to accommodate various sensory needs and allow the kids in attendance to pursue activities they enjoyed and found interesting. Visual instruction sheets and other adaptations were provided for those who were nonverbal; a variety of stations, all loosely related to the weekly sport theme, were set up to allow for choice; and the event in general was one that encouraged the neurodivergent folks who came – parents and children alike – to have fun and bond with other like-minded people.”

Seclusion Broke My Heart

Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.

Chalk drawing of a child huddled up with a thought bubble that reads “stop bullying”

The Long Term Impact of Bullying

Mike Wise talks about his experience as being fully autistic but before anyone who was speaking could be diagnosed that way. Bullying was treated as a rite of passage and empowered, even by his teachers.

Why I’m Not a High-Functioning Autistic

“We have now arrived at the ultimate falsehood of high-functioning autism: what this label really means is that you have high outside functioning.  I am excellent at pretending to be someone I am not.”

Why Accessible, Community Driven, and Neurodiversity-Friendly Events Are So Important

“[…] a real effort was made to accommodate various sensory needs and allow the kids in attendance to pursue activities they enjoyed and found interesting. Visual instruction sheets and other adaptations were provided for those who were nonverbal; a variety of stations, all loosely related to the weekly sport theme, were set up to allow for choice; and the event in general was one that encouraged the neurodivergent folks who came – parents and children alike – to have fun and bond with other like-minded people.”

Seclusion Broke My Heart

Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.

Chalk drawing of a child huddled up with a thought bubble that reads “stop bullying”

The Long Term Impact of Bullying

Mike Wise talks about his experience as being fully autistic but before anyone who was speaking could be diagnosed that way. Bullying was treated as a rite of passage and empowered, even by his teachers.

Why I’m Not a High-Functioning Autistic

“We have now arrived at the ultimate falsehood of high-functioning autism: what this label really means is that you have high outside functioning.  I am excellent at pretending to be someone I am not.”

Why Accessible, Community Driven, and Neurodiversity-Friendly Events Are So Important

“[…] a real effort was made to accommodate various sensory needs and allow the kids in attendance to pursue activities they enjoyed and found interesting. Visual instruction sheets and other adaptations were provided for those who were nonverbal; a variety of stations, all loosely related to the weekly sport theme, were set up to allow for choice; and the event in general was one that encouraged the neurodivergent folks who came – parents and children alike – to have fun and bond with other like-minded people.”