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…

Self-Diagnosis, Self-Acceptance

This week I will be writing about an issue near and dear to my heart: The stigma of self-diagnosis. More specifically, many within the autism community see those who unofficially diagnose themselves with ASDs as anything from deluded, to attention seeking, to outright mockeries of “real” autistics. Simply put, this stereotype is unfair, privileged, and…