Autism Acceptance Month

Awareness campaigns are harmful; acceptance is the key As many of you know by now, April is autism “awareness” month. Autistics have been taking back our own activism and education campaigns, and one way we’re doing so is by renaming April to Autism Acceptance Month instead. Previous “awareness” campaigns have treated autism as though it wereContinue reading “Autism Acceptance Month”

Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism

March 14–20 is Sleep Awareness Week Sleep disorders are extremely common in neurodiverse individuals, so I want to share specific information related to sleep issues in autism and ADHD. Approximately 20% of the general population experiences difficulty with sleep. Up to 80% of people with ADHD or autism have insomnia or other sleep issues. ReadContinue reading “Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism”

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 Scripting is Important for Autistics

And how people of all neurotypes use scripting Many children of all neurotypes use imaginary play, role-playing, and other forms of scripting to work through real-life feelings and experiences. Everyone uses turns of phrase, mannerisms, and expressions they’ve learned from popular media or from interacting with other people. These are important ways for people to process theirContinue reading “Why Scripting is Important for Autistics”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education

Creating welcoming classrooms, schools, and communities Possibilities This morning I learned that a school division in our province has created a brand new position, Divisional Principal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Services. I also learned that the person hired into the position is an intelligent, highly qualified black woman who is working on aContinue reading “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education”

Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD

Exploring commonalities amongst diverse neurotypes I’ve been exploring as many divergent neurotypes as possible, in particular those that commonly co-occur with autism and ADHD (my neurotypes). I’m not dyslexic, and I’m not an expert on dyslexia, but ADHD and autism are my special interests. I want to learn as much as possible about their comorbid conditions because manyContinue reading “Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD”

I’m a Feminist And Didn’t Even Know It

My stories related to misogyny, sexism, and gender issues Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” I believe in human equality, regardless of gender identity or presentation, but I wouldn’t describe myself as an advocate for women’s rights. Not because I don’t want to fight forContinue reading “I’m a Feminist And Didn’t Even Know It”

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”