Uncommon Sense

I have a lot of strong opinions about autism in the media. I sometimes feel like popular media just portrays autism as a stereotype (The Big Bang theory, Rain Man). Other times, when they do get it right, the story isn’t about autism, it’s about ONE autistic individual (The Curious Incident of the Dog in…

Masterpost: Stim Toys

I’ve written a few posts about stimming so far (1, 2). I frequently get messages and emails from readers asking after my recommendations for stim toys. Thankfully, the autistic kids of the millennial diagnostic wave are growing up, as is the neurodiversity movement, and we’ve been seeing a huge surge in the mainstream production of…

Disability vs. Inability

I had an epiphany the other night about disability. I was walking to meet my partner, Tom, at a restaurant. I could feel the familiar unease building; I’m much more anxious meeting someone at a destination than arriving with them. As always, I sent him a text message asking where he was sitting. I wanted…