Airplanes and the Autistic

Airplanes and the Autistic

By Tejas Rao Sankar At the airport, I am in otherwise a happy place. I am traveling to a beautiful country I have never visited before. The aerobridge into the aircraft is not available. Boarding is not going to be easy. I am stuck at the bottom

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Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

By Dana Vilker Around the world, the LGBTQA+ community is starting to recognize the place of neurodivergent members in the community and the need for our inclusion. At first glance, sexuality seems to have little in common with neurodiversity. Sure, the two communities fight for recognition and

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Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

By Adam Lodestone As an Autistic (Neurodivergent, or ND) adult, I often hear Neurotypical (NT) people say that I am being rude if I interrupt them when they are speaking or if I happen to talk over them. According to NT social norms and communication rules, such

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Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

By Terra Vance Lulu Is a Rhinoceros Matthew Rushin asked his mom to send my daughter Lulu is a Rhinoceros, a children’s book by record executive and justice reform activist, Jason Flom, and his daughter, Allison Flom, and illustrated by Sophie Corrigan. Lulu is a Rhinoceros is

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Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

By David Gray-Hammond People have found me weird my entire life. I am autistic. I am a recovering drug addict. I have experienced psychosis. I am asexual. All of these things represent a departure from the status quo. When people ask, “What is normal?” the resounding answer

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Four Words: You Need to Change

Four Words: You Need to Change

By John Adriance It was from my first grade teacher that I first heard the phrase, “You need to change.” I had finally been invited one day to play freeze tag with the other kids, a dream come true for me at the time. I knew the

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Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Terra Vance Characterizations of Autistic people often reflect a profile of a stoic, unfeeling, emotionless automaton. Many times, the only emotion ascribed to autistics, especially by the lay writers who populate the dustbin of Amazon Kindle’s self-published section, is explosive anger. This is an accusation which

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10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

10 Things Autistic People Wish You Knew About Autism Awareness Month

By Terra Vance Every April, autism takes a center stage in global awareness.  All around the world, well-meaning, good-hearted people “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month, and they decorate their social media with the puzzle piece frames and the jigsaw rainbow awareness ribbons, go on awareness

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