Culture & Identity

Talent Isn’t Enough: Ableism & “Gifted” Autistics

Autistic people are often highly skilled or have well-developed talents, which causes the world to see them as having high earning potential. But that’s not what happens. Here’s why.

Swallowed Whole: Inside an Autistic PTSD Flashback

Asiatu Lawoyin, at age 42, experienced their first PTSD flashback from childhood sexual abuse. Asiatu unpacks the space between the trauma and the flashback through the lens of being Black and autistic.

If not electroshock at the Judge Rotenberg Center, then what? Try access to communication

Proponents of the Judge Rotenberg Center’s use of electroshock as punishment on disabled children and adults claim that nothing else works. What about access to appropriate communication?

Te Hapori Whai Takiwātanga o Aotearoa

Te Hapori Whai Takiwātanga o Aotearoa is a new website that is designed as an access point to the New Zealand Autistic Community. If you are autistic and live in Aotearoa New Zealand, you are welcome to join Te Hapori Whaitakiwātanga Aotearoa and to access the peer-to-peer support services offered by our members.

Real Progress Takes Time, So Don’t Give Up

Rithik Sinhasan is a nonspeaking autistic teen who wants to be a travel writer, but before gaining access to rapid prompting method, or RPM, through Soma Mukhopadhyay, his dreams were grounded.

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.

Talent Isn’t Enough: Ableism & “Gifted” Autistics

Autistic people are often highly skilled or have well-developed talents, which causes the world to see them as having high earning potential. But that’s not what happens. Here’s why.

Swallowed Whole: Inside an Autistic PTSD Flashback

Asiatu Lawoyin, at age 42, experienced their first PTSD flashback from childhood sexual abuse. Asiatu unpacks the space between the trauma and the flashback through the lens of being Black and autistic.

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.

Talent Isn’t Enough: Ableism & “Gifted” Autistics

Autistic people are often highly skilled or have well-developed talents, which causes the world to see them as having high earning potential. But that’s not what happens. Here’s why.

Swallowed Whole: Inside an Autistic PTSD Flashback

Asiatu Lawoyin, at age 42, experienced their first PTSD flashback from childhood sexual abuse. Asiatu unpacks the space between the trauma and the flashback through the lens of being Black and autistic.

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