Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance

Is the PDA Autism profile helpful, or does it further pathologize Autistics? PDA vs RDA PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance, whereas RDA stands for Rational Demand Avoidance. I’ll explain what each means and why one approach may be more beneficial and accurate than the other. The two key features of PDA are: This extreme avoidance extendsContinue reading “Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance”

I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator

I love to write, but I’m really starting to enjoy creating content for social media as well Anti-social I was anti social media (also just anti-social) for a long time. I’ve always had social media accounts, just the basics, for keeping in touch with friends and family. We moved provinces 15 years ago, so it wasContinue reading “I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator”

My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain

Deaf culture, Deaf pride, and Deaf gain I am excited to share that this article has been featured in An Injustice! publication for Deaf Awareness Month and was selected as an Editor’s Pick on Medium ! Montreal, circa 2000 “Use your voice when you talk to him,” a parent asks — no, directs me. I am at Deaf camp.Continue reading “My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain”

More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history associated with ABA, and highlights legal issues with the ABA industry. JustContinue reading “More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA”

Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels

Both are inaccurate and useless at best, harmful at worst External and internalized ableism The Autistic community has explained (and explained some more) how and why functioning labels are unhelpful, inaccurate, and often harmful. Many just ignore us, but those who do listen seem to understand the words, but not the concept. Instead of using labelsContinue reading “Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels”

Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

No school should ever have the right to seclude or restrain children Recently our school division developed a policy on seclusion and restraint. Policy is a very generous term for this two-page document with very little substance. Despite the wealth of research and information available to guide these types of policies, it appears our division didContinue reading “Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools”

Autism Green Flags

Signs you or someone you know might be Autistic and AuSome I’ve come across some unfortunate websites and company advertisements warning parents to spot the “red flags” of autism. Spot the signs! They say, as though they’re watching for signs of high or low blood sugar, a stroke, or some other medical emergency. Except autism isn’tContinue reading “Autism Green Flags”

Half-Assed Accessibility Is Insulting

Services and accommodations provided to the disabled should be on par with those provided to the general population Offering ways for disabled clients or customers to access one’s business or institution that are of significantly lower quality than that offered to the general population is unacceptable. You may have read my previous piece, This IsContinue reading “Half-Assed Accessibility Is Insulting”

Atypical Autistic Traits

Challenging stereotypes and describing some lesser-known Autistic traits A lot of non-conforming and marginalized people are misdiagnosed in healthcare, (including mental health) and psychological diagnoses. This includes female-presenting people (including cis-women), transgender folks-basically anyone in the LGBTQIA2+ community — people of colour, people impacted by poverty, immigrants, and many others. Identifying someone as Autistic can be difficult, especiallyContinue reading “Atypical Autistic Traits”

This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers

Also functioning labels are ableist and harmful Academia needs to be more accommodating and welcoming to neurodivergent contributors so we stop getting handed crap like this. In (one of) today’s annoyances, ableist organizations are, once again, mischaracterizing scientific research in order to serve their own agendas. Last week, child neurologist Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou from the UniversityContinue reading “This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers”