What is a transgender person? In the simplest terms, it is a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond to their birth sex. In my case, I feel female although my birth sex is male.
Miscommunication and misinterpretation of autistic people happens very early in life.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Or in modern language, “Treat other people as you would like to be treated.”
Everyone knows about The … Read more “How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People”
It is well known that representation of marginalized groups in fiction matters. We have made progress towards having more representation of Black, gay, female, and trans characters in fiction, to name just a few examples.
While it’s still not perfect, … Read more “Dear Screenwriters and Fiction Writers: “Autistic” Is Not a Bad Word”
I started to write this article after I wrote my poem, Unmasking as Autistic Pride, but I put it on hold when a special interest took over. I want to come back to it now.
When I wrote Unmasking… Read more “Autistic Solidarity: A Personal Reflection”
Big emotions are hard for me to process. Complex mixes are even more difficult to tease apart. Sometimes I feel my larynx tightening and tears welling up in my eyes before I can register why I’m having an emotional reaction. … Read more “It’s All Right to Cry…”
Editor’s note: This article has two authors, Jen Bluhm and Leonardo Yeats. It has two very different stories of moving and demonstrates how much diversity there is among autistics. Part I is Jen’s tale, and Part II is Leo’s.
Part… Read more “Moving While Autistic”
Before I came to my identity as an autistic person, I had a short-lived obsession with self-determination theory (SDT), a framework for characterizing the processes which foster or inhibit healthy motivation and psychological development. I’m still very curious about SDT, … Read more “On ABA Therapy, Self-Determination, & Healthy Psychological Development”
Sometimes, I feel like a unicorn, and it’s never in the fun way.
As an adult female autistic who runs a podcast and media outlet, I am what … Read more “Finding Adult Autistic Women in the Media: A Unicorn Hunt”
… Read more “Poetry: Away and Apart”
When I was a child,
I looked under molding leaves
and saw many-legged monsters;
I looked in the dusty canyons of runnelled bark
and saw fairy jewels;
I looked through the spaces between clouds
and saw coiled and smoking dragons;
When we were kids, being INSIDE a video game was the stuff of fantasies. But now it’s real. The hardware of virtual reality (VR) is still clunky, heavily-wired, and low-resolution– but we HAVE it.
“So what?” I thought. Honestly, the … Read more “Virtually Real: VR and the Autistic Brain”