Today! Now! Give the IACC Your Feedback on US Autism Research Priorities!

Today is the last day for Americans to submit feedback to the IACC! Please let them know your autism research priorities. Why should you spend 30 minutes filling out this survey? ...more

Rolling Stone: Your Dehumanization of Autisic People IS The Problem

Rolling Stone just published a completely dehumanizing mainstream article about autistic people. Even worse, the article was written by a parent of a high-support autistic young man, and was given the title "Luke's Best Chance: One Man's Fight for His Autistic Son" -- as if the author is his son's champion, when in fact the father is exposing Luke's most vulnerable moments, with little to no understanding or accommodation of his disabilities. And, of course, the obligatory quotes from Alison Singer and Jill Escher about how autistic people need to be housed in group settings for their own safety, as if the autistic self-advocates who fight for desegregated housing don't care about safety as well as rights ....more

Five Big Mistakes Parents of Autistic Kids Can Avoid

If you're the parent of an autistic kid, you probably get advice thrown at your head from every angle, all day long. You may even be all done with advice. And I hear you, because I am you. But I also have had the great good fortune to be connected with some of the most insightful autistic and autism professionals and thinkers on this planet, who have transformed my parenting approach completely, and to the benefit of my teen son, Leo, as well as myself. ...more
One of the most well-put articles I have seen from a non-autistic writer.  BLESS YOU!   This is ...more

The San Francisco Autism Society Deserves Better Leadership than Jill Escher. Here's Why.

Scott Badesch, President Autism Society 4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 July 22, 2016 Dear Mr. Badesch, I am writing to express my alarm over the unprofessional, divisive, and degrading behavior of San Francisco Autism Society President Jill Escher, and to request that the Autism Society reconsider having her lead our regional chapter.As a fellow Bay Area parent of a high-support autistic teenager, it is extremely distressing to see Ms. Escher use her position and formal SFASA social media to openly push questionable scientific positions, belittle the needs of autistic people who can speak while making them feel excluded from the ASA community, and frame autistic people in general (and her own children specifically) as catastrophes and “damaged,” rather than deserving human beings with specific needs ....more

Autistic Vampires: Discuss!

Source: Space Jockey Reviews[image: Headphones-wearing, bloody-mouthed white vampire] True Blood is my current laundry-time watching, even though it's even sillier than I'd thought possible. A few days ago Iz (whose last day of school ever was today, *sob*) and I recently talked about the infinite directions True Blood silliness takes, and our discussion took an interesting tangent when she asked me what aspects of being a vampire might complicate being autistic. So I asked friends what they thought ....more

The Informed Parent: Here's How to Be One

In this info-glut age, few areas teem with more bewildering contradictions than the realm of pregnancy and parenting advice....more
I'd love a copy. See if some science facts can convert this hippy type ASD mama for baby number 2 more

High School Graduation Looms

Iz, at 20 months, and her cousin Danielle, age two[image: two laughing white toddler girls] I am in denial about Iz and her cousin Danielle graduating from high school next week. And both going to colleges that, while still in this time zone, are also not very close by.Our girl has chosen to spend her last official summer at home working a lot, and also going to a few concerts. Pretty sure that's what I did, the summer before I went to UCLA ....more

The Best of April (A.K.A. Autism's Hellmouth Month)

Everyone who has anything to do with autism activism or other kinds of associated consciousness-raising tends to get steamrolled by April. Not only during the month itself, but in the weeks leading up to Everything Autism-And-April-Related. It certainly doesn't leave much space for personal journaling, and it's exhausting -- especially for people who don't have a whole lot of spoons (Disability community vernacular for available energy units), to begin with ....more

Forget Awareness. Let's Make It Autism Acceptance Month

April is all about autism acceptance for me, and also for most of the autism families and autistic people I hang with. Why the focus on acceptance, and not merely the "awareness" so many autism organizations push all April long? As I wrote last year: "Why acceptance? Because autistic people like my teenage son Leo deserve the love and respect that come with acceptance, not merely acknowledgment that autism exists. Awareness is passive. Acceptance is a choice." ...more
I've been particularly impressed by the cooperation btwn autistics & our allies toward that ...more

Which Candidates Give a Damn About Autism and Disability Issues?

The current slate of POTUS contenders makes me uneasy, especially when it comes to what so many of them have to say about autism and disability issues. Most of the candidates really don't get what our autistic children, friends, and family members need our political leaders to do for them: Treat them like deserving human beings. ...more
A great post. Struggling with disability, I found this concise view of the candidates platforms ...more
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