I recently published an article about the erasure from Wikipedia of autistic people who use or have used facilitated communication. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but there have been a few persistent arguments that violate the principles of argumentation … Read more “Logical Fallacies in the Facilitated Communication Debate”
Splinter skills and spiky profiles
One of the primary things I wish people knew about autism is that autistic people tend to have ‘spiky skills profiles:’ we are good at some things, bad at other things, and the difference between … Read more “Autistic Skill Sets: A Spiky Profile of Peaks and Troughs”
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”
When Lorna Wing started talking about autism as a ‘spectrum disorder,‘ it was a major step forward in understanding what autism is. Integrating Hans Asperger’s important work from the 1940s, she showed that many more people … Read more “Autistic Spectroscopy: Exploring what the “spectrum” means”
Act I, Scene 1
The First Anxiety
Andromeda Banneker paces the long stretch of abandoned railroad tracks in the woods behind her house. She visibly agitated, a phone pressed hard against her ear.
I know, Mom … Can you just … Read more ““Your Child May be Neurotypical:” A Journey to Diagnosis”
There exists a lot of literature on subconscious and implicit processing in (assumed to be) neurotypical people. However, this research rarely intersects with “autism research,” and the social and emotional research is rarely re-framed as the study of neurotypical people, … Read more “Bias in Autism Research and The Neurotypical Advantage”
Editor’s note: This story contains font colors in the dialogue in order to artistically illustrate a plot point. If you are using a text reader or prefer black text, a monochrome version in PDF form can be opened by clicking… Read more “Short Story: The Gay Alexes and the Hivemind Party”
Computer Programming, aka “Coding” is something that has come up every now and then in journals and writings on Autism. It is known by some that the Tech Giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google all try to hire autistic … Read more “Programming, A Great Hobby for an Autistic Child”
It was the anniversary of Moby Dick‘s publication. 15 November 1851. The song was released on 15 November ’18. This has to mean something, but I don’t care what. There’s a clarity that transcends absolutes, and defining something too … Read more “Hozier, Monomania, Monsters, Melville, Literature, Layers, & Movement”
This thought experiment has been profound in helping me to understand some of the differences in neurotypical and Aspergian empathy. I knew already that the identity of someone neurotypical is social and emotional, whereas the identity of the aspie is … Read more “Part 5: My Personal Journey Through this Empathy Series”