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”

On being an autistic advocate and the difficulty finding support

I would like to start by thanking my good friend for bringing this issue to my attention. I would not have thought to write on the topic without that person, and it is such a very important topic. Being an advocate is weird. For most of us I think it comes with a degree ofContinue reading “On being an autistic advocate and the difficulty finding support”

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”

Finding sobriety: The seemingly insurmountable challenge

Many people ask me how I found sobriety, what changed in me to trigger that growth. I honestly think that might be the wrong question, not to mention awfully difficult to answer for most people in my position. The question that I think needs to be asked, is why didn’t I find sobriety sooner? WhatContinue reading “Finding sobriety: The seemingly insurmountable challenge”

2020: Reflecting on the year from my autistic perspective

Perhaps I am a little early on this, after all, we still have around 6 weeks left of this year, but it felt right at this point to reflect on the year from my autistic viewpoint. December 31st 2019, I had my usual gathering with my friends, but this time I didn’t make my usualContinue reading “2020: Reflecting on the year from my autistic perspective”

Autism and the future of diagnostic criteria

Diagnosis is a privilege, it’s a fact known by many in the autistic community. Beyond this, there are other issues with diagnostic criteria and how they were developed, but specifically I want to zoom in on one issue; the diagnostic criteria seems to be based on autistic people in distress. Rather than looking at autisticContinue reading “Autism and the future of diagnostic criteria”

What does it feel like to be autistic?

Autism. What does it feel like? This was a question posed to me in a facebook group today. I’m not sure exactly what the person asking was looking for, but it is actually an incredibly complex question. So naturally, I’m going to try and answer it in a short and succinct way. I want theContinue reading “What does it feel like to be autistic?”

Support Needs vs Functioning Labels: How I talk about my strengths and struggles

It is well established in the autistic community that functioning labels are outdated and harmful in that they diminish a persons strengths (“low functioning”) and deny access to support for others (“high functioning”). For decades, functioning labels have been used to separate autistic voices from one another and invalidate many of us through the wellContinue reading “Support Needs vs Functioning Labels: How I talk about my strengths and struggles”

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”