Growing up atypical and learning to accept myself

My mother used to encourage me to be myself, to be proud of myself. In many ways I was privileged for having that, and yet I still grew up uncomfortable in my own skin. I was the weird kid. I had narrow and intense interests, I would sit in class barking like a dog, IContinue reading “Growing up atypical and learning to accept myself”

Limits of the traditional twelve-step program for autistic folk

Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the addiction recovery community will likely have come across the twelve-step program in one form or another. Alcoholics anonymous, cocaine anonymous, narcotics anonymous, the list goes on. There are many different groups employing the twelve-steps, and it is often what addiction treatment services suggest to service users toContinue reading “Limits of the traditional twelve-step program for autistic folk”

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”

Disclosing your neurotype: My battle with authenticity in a world filled with stigma

“Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place” Captain Raymond Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine I try to live my life being my true self these days. I am upfront about who I am and what my experiences are with as many people as I can, unfortunatelyContinue reading “Disclosing your neurotype: My battle with authenticity in a world filled with stigma”

Fighting the void: What is autistic burnout?

In the online autistic community, it is not uncommon to hear about something called “burnout”. This phenomenon is, sadly, quite common, and probably a result of trying to exist in a world that for so many of us is quite frankly hostile. But what is burnout? What follows is an account of my most recentContinue reading “Fighting the void: What is autistic burnout?”