There is something within the chronic illness community known as the “Spoon Theory.”  In this analogy, the spoons stand for the amount of energy a person living with a chronic illness (such as Fibromyalgia or Lupus) possesses in a day.  Read more “The Jar Principle: On Over-Stimulation & Social Exhaustion”

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”

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 … Read more “Asperger’s and Empathy: Shifting Away from Dated Misconceptions”

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”