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…

What’s Your Function?

The difference between high functioning autism and low functioning is that high functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low functioning means your assets are ignored.      Laura Tisoncik If you’re at all familiar with the autism community, you’ve probably heard autistics referred to as either “high functioning“ or “low functioning.” In fact, it…

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…