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”

Child about 6 years old standing outside looking at the camera with her fingers and palms different colors with pink, blue, purple, and yellow and a clear sky in the background.

I once knew a childhood educator who always used to say (often irritably), “I am not raising children.  I am raising future adults.”

The skills required for being a successful child and the skills required for being a successful adult … Read more “Life Skills Aren’t What You Think: What Research Says About Raising Autistic Kids”

Student around 10 years old in a classroom using a tablet sitting next to a teacher. They are both looking at the camera.

I am a nonspeaking autistic teen.  I used to be called non-verbal.  Non-verbal is a misleading word because it conjures up ideas that a person who cannot speak cannot understand words either.  That is far from the truth.  The truth … Read more “Independence through Dependence: Why I Need a Communication Facilitator”

Black woman in a wheelchair looking up a set of stairs in a house.

Creating an environment that is inclusive of all employees, for whatever differences they have, prepares employees to be respectful, open, and even excited about inclusion.  Truly, being unapologetically accepting of difference is one of the most profitable, transformative, and exciting … Read more “How to Get Your Workforce Excited About Diversity & Inclusion”