… Read more “Caretaker Fatigue”
I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man. Two parents can’t raise a child anymore than one. You need a
Throughout history, we have been seen as eccentrics, loners, and oddities.
In the 1900s, the poor of us were to be found begging in the streets, and many of us were housed in the workhouses or detained until the end … Read more “Autistic Rights & the Need for Advocacy”
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…”
Naturally, parents have a lot of questions about autism when their child is first diagnosed. There are a lot of supportive facebook groups which allow parents to ask for advice and insight from autistic adults.
Here are a few guidelines … Read more “How To Ask An Autistic 101”
Growing up, I was acutely aware that I did not belong. The proverbial elephant in the room, my identity was carved out of all the things I definitely was not.
I was no one in any books or movies I … Read more “Why I Choose Autistic Pride”
Editor’s note: When J David Hall first wrote this, he didn’t yet know he was autistic… but when we read this, autistics did. First featured on Medium, this article made waves. We are glad that David has found a home… Read more “Autistic Uprising: a Neurodivergent Rebellion of Hearts and Minds”
Don’t Tell Me
Life’s too hard
I’ve come this far
To go nowhere
Why the blank stare?
Don’t tell me you’ve been there.
I don’t want to hear
Let’s make that clear
Just save your breath
Because I have… Read more “Poetry: Don’t Tell Me”
A few years ago, I quit my job as a non-profit development and communications professional to become a full-time mom and autistic activist. When I first met the team of The Aspergian, I was so excited to fundraise. I admit, … Read more ““Sorry, We Already Gave to Autism Speaks,” or The Role of Money in Institutional Ableism”
The month of April is now over, and with it an overstuffed ensemble of competing colors, puzzle pieces, symbols, fundraisers for bloated organizations supposedly serving the suffering masses, those persons supposedly reeling from the condition of autism.
Like the aftermath … Read more “Closing Our Autism Awareness Mouths”
I remember the acrid smell of something broken. Salty, sour, it permeated the Gulf Coast air like the scent of some fading electrical fire or burnt gunpowder perhaps. A battle between sky, sea and land with humans in the crucible.… Read more “Walking in the Autistic Eye of the Storm”