Two years ago, after my son and his father had both been diagnosed autistic, I began reading as much as I could about autism, focusing on autistic voices. As I sought to understand my husband and our son, I happened … Read more “My Journey to Self-Identification”
It’s not vaccines.
Though it’s tempting to let that be the end of the article, I won’t do that. To me, it’s perfectly obvious why autism rates are rising. Let’s break down the five reasons behind this phenomenon.
1.They’re not. … Read more “5 Reasons Autism Rates Are on the Rise”
We often hear, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” This maxim, coined by Dr. Stephen Shore, holds true.
Still, there are some relatively consistent traits that are easily recognized. In schools, on social … Read more “What’s in a Word: Asperger’s and White Privilege”
Starting therapy on the very first day of my university classes in August didn’t seem like a bad idea. No real crisis was happening, as I’ve experienced many times before (you know, like the catastrophic consequences of active alcoholism, an … Read more “Coming to Terms with my Diagnosis: Revelation not Resolution”
Few words in behavioral science come with more controversy and contention than Asperger’s.
This series focuses on the word, Asperger’s, and the many antagonists to the word, the diagnosis, and/or the autistic people who would have previously been … Read more “What’s in a Word: Asperger’s and the APA”
Aside from a few Facebook friends, I have been so very demoralised by the reactions of others, to this single, most important event in my life – the discovery of my autism. This thing that I never really knew existed, … Read more “Reactions to Late Autism Diagnosis”
My name is Hugh Willis. I am autistic.
Having an autism spectrum diagnosis and changing my life narrative has been a difficult journey of self-discovery. Acceptance of my neurodiversity allows me to view my personality traits of seeking knowledge, demonstrating an … Read more “A Life Illuminated”
Eventually I spoke to my mum about it. Well…I never really discussed it, I simply said that I received the diagnosis. I wanted to explain what it was and how it affected me but her response halted me. It was … Read more “Family Response to Autism Diagnosis”
There are many different reasons that a person on the spectrum may reach adulthood undiagnosed. Autism is such a familiar term these days that it seems impossible for people to remain undiagnosed; however, it is very common that autistics live … Read more “(Un)Diagnosed Adults On The Autism Spectrum”
In prevailing literature, people on the autism spectrum have all of their traits, their behaviors, and even their very existence pathologized. They are considered to have “mind blindness,” or the opposite of empathy, which means that they are unable to … Read more “Allism Spectrum Disorders: A Parody”