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

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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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