Culture & Identity

The purpose of human cultures

From a position of safety within a network of mutual aid, autistic people are ideally equipped to act as catalysts for the evolution of social norms for collaboration between groups, to allow human scale communities to manage scarce resources sustainably at bioregional levels, and to share trustworthy knowledge globally, via the global communications networks we have established.

Reclaiming the essence of humanity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education beyond wishful thinking: The antidote to xenophobia is genuine appreciation of diversity and interdependence.

This image is for nonspeaking autistic author Ben Breaux's review of the film, The Reason I jump. The image features six photos from the film of the different autistic characters in the movie

REVIEW: The Reason I Jump – An Unusual Film With a Very Important Message

Ben Breaux, nonspeaking autistic advocate and author, reviewed the award-winning film, The Reason I Jump, an adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s best-selling memoir of the same title. Breaux interviewed several members of the cast and crew to pen this critically-important and profoundly-insightful analysis of the film.

an indian american man looks out a window. he appears to be in deep thought

Forgoing and Going: The best and worst feelings autistics feel

Tejas Rao Sankhar is a nonspeaking apraxic autistic. He talks about what feelings are the worst– and the best– when your brain and body don’t always communicate.

Nurturing good company, one trusted relationship at a time

Autistic people know intuitively that trusted collaboration at eye level, without social power gradients is the only route to creating good company.

Love, Loss and Mandarin Orange Chicken: How I Broke Up With Trader Joe’s

Tre Luna loved Trader Joe’s with all his heart and stomach. Then his disability—and their refusal to accommodate for it—led to a break-up with the grocery chain and reflections on what it means to be disabled in America.

NonSpeaking or NonVerbal. Image has a colorful sky as the background.

On Using NonSpeaking, Minimally Speaking, Or Unreliably Speaking Over “Non-Verbal”: NonSpeakers Weigh In

“I prefer nonspeaking as I understand all language. Non-verbal suggests I don’t understand language and doesn’t represent how I love language.”

Motorcycle Boy's perception of color is limited to the "rumble fish".

The Autistic Gaze: Rumble Fish [film]

Representation matters, even indirect and unintentional representation. Headcanon neurodivergent characters abound in our cultural landscape. Motorcycle Boy is damn near archetypal for me. He is an avataric poem, a song of disenfranchisement, a long epic tale of knowing yourself SO well and being known not at all.

a silhoette of a man is falling into deep water and is several feet below the surface. Between him and the surface is a lyre.

Reply to a Lullaby

Anantha Krishnamurthy, nonspeaking teen poet, is an Old Soul. This poem pulls readers through a layered theme from previous work with Layers lurking deep below the surface.

The OCD is in Control

Trevor Byrd is a nonspeaking autistic teen struggling with obsessive compulsions. He conjectures that OCD is his brain’s way of trying to gain some control over his circumstances.

The purpose of human cultures

From a position of safety within a network of mutual aid, autistic people are ideally equipped to act as catalysts for the evolution of social norms for collaboration between groups, to allow human scale communities to manage scarce resources sustainably at bioregional levels, and to share trustworthy knowledge globally, via the global communications networks we have established.

Reclaiming the essence of humanity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education beyond wishful thinking: The antidote to xenophobia is genuine appreciation of diversity and interdependence.

NonSpeaking or NonVerbal. Image has a colorful sky as the background.

On Using NonSpeaking, Minimally Speaking, Or Unreliably Speaking Over “Non-Verbal”: NonSpeakers Weigh In

“I prefer nonspeaking as I understand all language. Non-verbal suggests I don’t understand language and doesn’t represent how I love language.”

Motorcycle Boy's perception of color is limited to the "rumble fish".

The Autistic Gaze: Rumble Fish [film]

Representation matters, even indirect and unintentional representation. Headcanon neurodivergent characters abound in our cultural landscape. Motorcycle Boy is damn near archetypal for me. He is an avataric poem, a song of disenfranchisement, a long epic tale of knowing yourself SO well and being known not at all.

a silhoette of a man is falling into deep water and is several feet below the surface. Between him and the surface is a lyre.

Reply to a Lullaby

Anantha Krishnamurthy, nonspeaking teen poet, is an Old Soul. This poem pulls readers through a layered theme from previous work with Layers lurking deep below the surface.

The OCD is in Control

Trevor Byrd is a nonspeaking autistic teen struggling with obsessive compulsions. He conjectures that OCD is his brain’s way of trying to gain some control over his circumstances.

The purpose of human cultures

From a position of safety within a network of mutual aid, autistic people are ideally equipped to act as catalysts for the evolution of social norms for collaboration between groups, to allow human scale communities to manage scarce resources sustainably at bioregional levels, and to share trustworthy knowledge globally, via the global communications networks we have established.

Reclaiming the essence of humanity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education beyond wishful thinking: The antidote to xenophobia is genuine appreciation of diversity and interdependence.

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