One of the dominant characterizations of people on the autism spectrum is that they lack empathy or are empathy-disrupted.  This is based on the paradigm that autistic people aren’t able to intuit the emotions and needs of others, or that

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I’m an aspie—an insider term to describe a person with Asperger’s Syndrome.  It’s a label which underscores and is inextricably connected to every facet of my identity.  The only tragedy related to my neurotype is that I spent the majority

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It was hard to come out as an aspie (a person with Asperger’s syndrome).  I started with some people I thought would be the most safe, but I read that situation poorly.  It’s a strong suit, really, almost like a

Read more “Autism and Friendships Part 1: The Polish of a One-Winged Albatross”

For someone on the spectrum, navigating relationships with neurotypical (non-autistic) people is the social equivalent of assembling an Ikea shelf with missing parts and directions that are out of order, mirror-image, and written in a different language. 

Read more “Autism and Friendships Part 2: 30 Ways to be a Friend to a Person on the Spectrum”

blowfly-2151453_640Whenever you watch an old movie or sitcom, you likely cringe at what was socially acceptable for the era—racist jokes, misogynistic epithets, blatant xenophobia… and you should cringe.  For most people, it’s entirely obvious how offensive and dehumanizing it would

Read more “Function Labels: And We’re Supposed to be The Awkward Ones…”