On Sunday, November 17, 2019, people around the world lit candles in honor and remembrance of Max Benson.  The local vigil was powerful, but worldwide, the hashtag #ShineOnMax became a unifying and powerful movement to bring the world together in

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Two autistic voices have risen to prominence in the mainstream media: Greta Thunberg, teen climate change activist, and Kodi Lee, the blind autistic musician and singer who recently won the popular show, America's Got Talent. Both of these autistic young people are amazing, but this article isn't about them or their achievements.  This article is about the reaction from the general public and my autistic perspective about those reactions. I want to talk about how social biases regarding autistic people are wrong and why.  There's a lot of disconnect between the language of the autistic community (autistic people), the autism community (family members of autistics and professionals who work with autistics), and the mainstream (people with no significant connection to autism).
Black woman in a wheelchair looking up a set of stairs in a house.

Creating an environment that is inclusive of all employees, for whatever differences they have, prepares employees to be respectful, open, and even excited about inclusion.  Truly, being unapologetically accepting of difference is one of the most profitable, transformative, and exciting

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Autistic people, adults and children, are infantilized, gaslighted, and manipulated regularly by society– individuals and institutions.

gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted

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