Oversimplification in Autism Advocacy

I’ve been so incredibly busy lately that I’ve really neglected my blog! Apologies to my subscribers; I realize it’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve published a post. I swear I’m writing, it’s just that my computer is clogged up with a ton of unfinished partial drafts. I’ll come up with an idea, write…

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…

AS vs. NT Culture: Two Worlds, One Dysfunctional Family

After several weeks of juggling various projects and generally bumbling the whole executive functioning thing, I’m finally getting around to transforming my presentation on neurologically mixed relationships into a series of blog posts. And I say posts, plural, for a few reasons. For one thing, my presentation was just over an hour long. No one…

The Little Professor is Compensating for Something: Theory of Mind and Pedantic Speech

“That woman is irritating,” Cara says. “What?” I say. “Why?” “She can’t separate herself from her own knowledge[.] […] She keeps saying things like they’re obvious when they are not, in fact, obvious.” (—Veronica Roth, Allegiant) The inspiration for today’s post comes from… a novel I’m reading, believe it or not. I’ve finally gotten around to…

Is Autism a Disease?

This post is an edited version of an email I sent to an autism mom I know who also works in the AS community. After I hit ‘send,’ I realized that this is a topic I wanted to address publicly, but had always struggled to write about. I often find it easier to write when…