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What is Neurotypical Privilege?

It is ironic that autistic people are criticized for having a lack of theory of mind when that is literally what privilege is, and what affects so many millions of people in the various majorities around the world, neurotypical people included. Privilege insulates members of a majority against awareness of the struggles of the minority.

What Love is Actually Like ‘On the Spectrum’

And neurotypical people can also learn. They can learn what the differences are between their own social communication and autistic social communication and do their part to help bridge the gap. And when that gap is bridged, beautiful partnerships can occur. We can learn so much from each other. We can each bring unique strengths…

Why Autistic Masking is Unsustainable (and What to do Instead)

Here’s where the problem comes in – the more you mask, the less energy you have to mask. But the more you mask, the more you are expected to mask. Drop the mask, and you potentially lose vital and important relationships and your survival capacity is diminished in direct ratio to that. Since masking long…

How to be a REAL Ally to the Autistic Community

So many of us in the autistic community are already doing immense amounts of emotional labor for non-autistic people by creating lots and lots and lots of educational content, from our unique perspectives, on what it means to be autistic. We’re already doing the heavy lifting. All you, a non-autistic person, have to do is…

Making the Holidays Happy For Everyone: 10 Easy Ways to Make Holiday Celebrations More Accessible for Autistic People

Virtually everything about this season is antithetical to neurodivergent neurology; the bright lights, strong smells, loud music, busy shops, gatherings of family and loved ones and higher than normal expectations to socialize for long periods of time (to name a few.) All things considered, the holiday season is something many neurodivergent people dread, myself included.…

Why I Can’t (and Won’t) Shut Up About Being Autistic

I am wired to discuss things which make others uncomfortable, not because I take any pleasure in making others uncomfortable (I actually hate it) but because I see no point in skirting meaningful exchanges in service of perpetuating an illusory status quo. I see no point to existence if we are not discussing real issues…

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