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On Mad Advantage: A Letter to 'The Normals' (and to the Rest of Us)

Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

Deaf gain, rather than hearing loss, has long been theorized in capital-D-Deaf cultural spaces. Borrowing liberally from this "reframing," I wish to forward a perspective that I call "mad advantage."

The Year in Autism

Hannah Brown | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Hannah Brown

As I take a little time out now as World Autism Awareness Day rolls around again and look back at the year in autism, both around the world and in my own home, I'm trying not worry.

Autism and Public Performances: How Do We Do This?

C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC

Typical public concert venues are inaccessible to those who are unable to sit still and be quiet. Experiencing live music in the fine arts is totally elusive to the growing number of people in our society on the autism spectrum. This is not okay.

How and When to Talk to Your Kids about Autism and Difference

Julie M Green | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Julie M Green

It's one thing deciding to tell strangers your child has autism or some other "invisible" disability, but when is the right time to tell your child?

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 05.03.2015 | Home

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

'Sesame Street' Partners With Autism Speaks: Why Are Autistic People Upset?

Michelle Sutton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Home
Michelle Sutton

Sesame Street is really good at promoting diversity. The reason my friends are upset is not that Sesame Street wants to focus on autism -- it is that Autism Speaks is involved. And I think they have a point.


Jess Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Jess Wilson

I'm not encouraging my children to ignore difference or to pretend they don't see it. Instead, I'm praying that they will.

Autism: A New Cultural Competency

William Stillman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Home
William Stillman

Understanding autism cultural competency includes making compassionate accommodations when and where possible in consideration of someone's sensory sensitivities. This requires not only awareness but compromise.

Time for Autism Speaks to Zip It?

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Michele Somerville

My son Jack, a young man with Asperger's, a "disorder" on the autism spectrum, was about 13 when Dr. Wang, a Chinese medicine practitioner he sees for...

A Conversation With the Talented Writer, Blogger and All-Around Amazing Julia Bascom

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Home
Ariane Zurcher

A year ago, I found Julia Bascom's blog, and it changed my life. Within the last year, Julia created the video "The Loud Hands Project." This video, together with Julia's blog, is mandatory viewing for any and all who are even remotely interested in autism or know someone on the spectrum.

My Hopes For The Future Of Autism Awareness

Todd Drezner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Todd Drezner

It's April 2021. Still riding high two months after her inauguration, the first female President of the United States (do I even need to mention her name?) turns her attention to the upcoming Autism Acceptance Month.

Can We Do More To Accommodate Autism?

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Todd Drezner

Scientific research into the causes of autism will continue, and the best of that research will help us better understand autism. But we need to balance research with investments that can improve the lives of autistic people now.

Learning To Embrace Autism

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Todd Drezner

My conclusions may surprise you, especially if you've grown used to hearing autism described as a soul-stealing prison that plunges families into unending misery.

Happy Thanksgiving: All I Can Handle in this Age of Autism

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chantal Sicile-Kira

We each have our own truths. Our beliefs may be different, but our goals are the same: a happy, healthy, love-filled and productive life -- as independent and self-determined as possible.

The Quiet Bastion of Invalid Repudiation

Anthony Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anthony Collins

We're not a legal minority, we have no flag (we're typically incapable of marches anyway) and there are no social movements lobbying exclusively for our deferred American Dream.

The Disability, Health Care and Employment Connection

Ari Ne'eman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ari Ne'eman

Amy, a 22-year-old with a spinal cord injury, is caught in a vicious catch-22. If she goes to work, she will lose the assistance that makes it possible for her to work and live independently in the first place.