Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo

Let me start this piece with a massive shout out to Lyric Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel). Their recent livestream with Aucademy provided a huge deal of inspiration for me to write this, and I can’t go ahead without giving credit where credit is due. Autism. Is it a disability, or not? That question will have differentContinue reading “Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo”

How can substance use services be more accessible to Autistic clients?

I have written before about the barriers to accessing substance use services when you are both autistic, and an addict; today I’m going to approach from a different angle. In this post, I will be talking about a few things that such services can do to increase accessibility, improving the quality of treatment that autisticContinue reading “How can substance use services be more accessible to Autistic clients?”

Accepting Autistics and other radical notions

It’s April, so you know it’s about to get real bloody frustrating trying to be heard over the like of Autism Speaks and other problematic groups claiming to represent “people with autism”. When it comes to the notorious Autism Speaks there is one thing in particular that we should facing up to. Cure culture. CureContinue reading “Accepting Autistics and other radical notions”

Autistic representations in the media: The wider conversation

If Sia’s film did any good for the autistic community, it opened up a wider conversation about how autistic people are represented and portrayed in popular media. There are very few, if any, perfect representations. One could argue that this is an impossibility anyway, given the diverse nature of autistic presentations. This has opened upContinue reading “Autistic representations in the media: The wider conversation”

Undiagnosed: inpatient treatment, pre-diagnosis

Something I haven’t spoken about in great detail is the experiences I have had in an inpatient psychiatric facility. There was good and bad in the experience, but unfortunately, it was overall, quite traumatic. I have been an inpatient twice in my life, the first was because I required an inpatient detox to help meContinue reading “Undiagnosed: inpatient treatment, pre-diagnosis”

My hope for the autistic future

The autistic community and the neurodiversity movement at large has been active online for what has easily been a decade at this point. We have come a long way, establishing the rights we are entitled to, what can be done better, and even creating our own autistic culture. We have come a long way, butContinue reading “My hope for the autistic future”

OPINION: Sia’s “Music” film represents the ableism inherent in todays world

By now I’m sure some of you will have come across discussion surrounding a debut feature film by Sia, if you haven’t, you can read about it here. It has raised many concerns over ableism in the film and television industry. The film centres around a teenage girl called “Music” who is non-speaking and autistic,Continue reading “OPINION: Sia’s “Music” film represents the ableism inherent in todays world”

ABA: A symbol of fear

Over the years many wonderful and brilliant advocates and activists have spoken out against Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and why the compliance-based therapy is harmful to autistics, but why do such therapies exist? Simply put, ABA is a symptom of a society that values neuronormative ideals over the beauty of human diversity. To take itContinue reading “ABA: A symbol of fear”

Antivaxxers and Ableism

Back in 1998, a now disgraced former doctor named Andrew Wakefield published a paper called “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children”. In it he alleged that the MMR vaccine caused Autism. Eventually it came to light that his paper was at the very least, ethically dubious, at worst, it was discoveredContinue reading “Antivaxxers and Ableism”