Epilepsy Awareness Day

My personal experiences with seizures and idiopathic epilepsy I am not currently diagnosed with epilepsy, but I did struggle with idiopathic seizures in my mid-twenties (idiopathic essentially means they don’t know how or why they started). Unfortunately, being a young female with mental health issues and unexplained medical problems often leads to doctors and other medical professionalsContinue reading ” Epilepsy Awareness Day”

 Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading ” Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”

Celebrating Women

Badass women, trans & non-binary folks, and neurodiverse people March 8th is international women’s day, but… Since gender is a social construct anyway, I’m celebrating women, trans & non-binary people, and neurodiverse folks. So… hooray. I would much rather be an outspoken pain in the ass than someone who always follows orders, even when those orders are immoral. My husbandContinue reading “Celebrating Women”

This Is What Ableism Looks Like

A real-life example of what ableism and micro-aggressions look like in action Rather than one or two overt, obvious, significant incidents, those of us who are both marginalized and privileged often experience a multitude of micro-aggressions. These wear away at us until we lose our patience with society’s ableist crap, and then people wonder whyContinue reading “This Is What Ableism Looks Like”

Stimminy Cricket! 

Stimming, or “self-stimulatory” behaviours are human behaviours Stimming is self-stimulatory behaviour and is often a way that Autistics regulate our emotions. It can be calming, it can be enjoyable, and sometimes it can signal to others that something is wrong. Stimming can be extremely important for many Autistics and should not be prevented unless it isContinue reading “Stimminy Cricket! “

 ADHD And Autistic Assets

The strengths and gifts of divergent minds Some (of the many) strengths of ADHD and Autistic people are resilience, energy, humanity, sensory sensitivities, hyperfocus, creativity, transcendence, and attention to detail. I describe them in my article in detail with some real-life examples. Read my article in Invisible Illness. When you join medium, as a memberContinue reading ” ADHD And Autistic Assets”

Why I Use Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum” Why I prefer identity-first language First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community. Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I doContinue reading “Why I Use Identity-First Language”

Advocacy Is Not About You

It’s about lifting up the voices of the people for whom you advocate. Advocacy encompasses forms of solidarity, information-sharing, education, and support — oftentimes by members of the community themselves connecting, sharing resources, and supporting each other. When we assume we know what’s best for someone else, this is patronizing and infantilizing.  Regardless of a person’sContinue reading “Advocacy Is Not About You”

Why I’m Okay With My Son Calling Me Out

No, he does not get into trouble for calling me on my hypocrisy We don’t need to teach children to answer questions, we need to teach children to question the answers.  “That’s the thing about independently minded children. You bring them up teaching them to question authority, and you forget that the very first authorityContinue reading “Why I’m Okay With My Son Calling Me Out”

Everyone Needs Accommodations To Thrive

Some accommodations are normalized while others are pathologized Every day, ordinary accommodations are so routine for neurotypical and non-disabled people, they’re no longer seen as supports — they’re just “common courtesy” — based on the simple fact that there are more of them than there are of us. Imagine if neurodivergent and disabled people wereContinue reading “Everyone Needs Accommodations To Thrive”