Trigger warning: discussion of disability-hate, autism discrimination, and violence by and against disabled people. Longer read than my normal posts. This week, autism's in the news. Unfortunately, it's attached to a violent young white man with murderous intent. Whilst the child victim faces agonising and slow recovery, from an attack intended to kill him, Jonty … Continue reading Tate Attack: When Carers Act As Security, We’re Turning People Into Monsters.
This post is mainly inspired by Mel from "Cussin' and Discussing", who is one of my favourite bloggers. Their well-written piece about the pain of emergency speech when your body isn't built for it is incredible. I can't claim to feel the exact same way about talking as Mel does, but their words are excellent … Continue reading If Speech is Dangerous, Not Speaking Is Too
Autism labels are controversial. The "high functioning" label leads to ignoring people's difficulties, and the "low functioning" label has been used to devalue people's abilities. Many people grew up unaware of autism, aware that they were "weird" and "different", and are only just now discovering that they are autistic. The diagnosis comes with grief, and … Continue reading “High” vs “Low” Functioning is Outdated; Here’s My Replacement.
Autism makes me vulnerable and I don't always want to share it. I got diagnosed because I wanted to confirm my truth, but also because I felt it was vital for "invisible" autism to become more visible in society. How could I convince others that diagnosis and acceptance were important if I had not even … Continue reading Is Anyone Else in This Autism Closet With Me? And How Do We Get Out?
Being true to yourself is a common theme of self help. The advice is generally that being your authentic self will ultimately not be penalised, and that by letting go of hiding your anxieties, you will become more confident and relaxed. Self-help as a genre is divisive. People either lap it up, or view it … Continue reading How To Like Yourself Even When The World Says No
Hi I've been growing as a person. I got my autism diagnosis, which I barely believed would actually happen until it did. I've been seeing a therapist, which I barely thought would be worth it until it was. I've been focusing on myself, which wasn't worth it...until it was. I started this blog because I … Continue reading Something is Better Than Nothing
I've moved house, and have now had no wifi for three weeks. I'd like to be interesting, and write an insightful passage about how being unable to plug into tumblr and facebook constantly has enriched my life and helped me start reading again, but I only have two hours free wifi at this coffee shop, … Continue reading Have No Internet, Cannot Be Interesting About It, Have Nothing Of Value To Say
So I've written previously about how I use labels that I don't necessarily feel fit me because I find them helpful nonetheless. I didn't get round to talking about autism and me. My most controversial self-label flirtation is the one with autism*. It's the one I've had the most pushback on, in the form of … Continue reading My Life As A Potential Label Stealer (Autism)
People are simple social creatures. We like to communicate with eachother, and we're not very good at understanding nuance; we often have to simplify stuff just to fit it all into our heads. However, this does mean that we're pretty inaccurate a lot of the time, as anyone who's spent any time in Social justice … Continue reading Facebook Bogs And Uncomfortable Conversations
Amazing report on autism in the workplace by Janine Booth for the Trade Union Congress. Could not recommend reading this more, it presents an in depth view of how the social model of disability interacts with the workplace for autistic individuals: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Autism.pdf Scope, the disability charity, covers the social model of disability in more breadth … Continue reading Social Model of Disability: Autism