How (Not) To Do Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month, and I overheard someone say in a Facebook community that they got jumpscared by Autism Speaks merch in Walmart already, so I figured it was a good time for a […]

7 Ways to Be An Ally to Autistic People

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I don’t have anything fancy for New Year’s (okay, being completely honest, I had other deadlines this week I worked on first and finished this with 10 minutes before the automatic email goes out XD), […]

Labels: Helpful or Hurtful?

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A conversation topic that I’ve seen come up a lot, both in the context of asexuality/aromanticism with their stacks of microlabels and autism where there’s the question of “should I tell this person they probably […]

Why it’s Important to Explicitly Acknowledge Neurotypical Perspectives

I got involved in a comment discussion on this post by sildarmillion this week about the lack of nuance in otherwise useful advice like “listen to your body,” and she said something that perfectly summarized […]

The Info People Are Missing When They Think About Autism

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One of my favorite resources is the “Autistic Not Weird 2022 Autism Survey” – a survey which collected responses from 11,212 respondents, of whom about ⅔ (7,491) were autistic, about everything from preferred terminology to […]

Why Do Autistic People Die Earlier?

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Well, I didn’t intend to start with such a heavy topic when I haven’t really established a history of writing about autism yet, but I’ve wanted to write this ever since I wrote a research […]

Thoughts on the Word “Normal”

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This has come up frequently in the comments but I had yet to make a proper post about it for some reason, so I’m remedying that now: I have problems with the word “normal” in […]

(My) Aromanticism and Mental Health / Neurodivergency

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This is a post as part of the May 2022 Carnival of Aros blogging event, which is hosted by AUREA (Aromantic-Spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy) in order to collect material for a book […]