New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics

Intersectional Neurodiversity

colorful-brains-560 Picture by Joan M. Mas

Autism is seen, in popular representations, largely as a social and communication disorder. Formerly framed as stemming from an autistic lack of a “social instinct”, the current dominant idea is that something is deficient or missing in autistic social cognition. Often referred to as a cognitive deficit in “empathy” or “theory of mind”, much research on autistic social issues has focused on trying to clarify and detect this inside autistic brains and minds. The search for an elusive broken “theory of mind module” or “empathy mechanism” in the brain, and its ensuing cognitive manifestations, however, has led to conflicting results – with some scientists even concluding that autistic people feel too much empathy rather than too little.

Another view is that this is not simply an individual neuro-cognitive issue, but rather a wider social problem. Against the idea that autistic people have too much or…

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An article by Brandon Williams on the intersections of Autism, DD with HIV/AIDS.

Here is an excerpt-- "I would ask the Doctor if he could get some of the main players I the autism sector to 1) advocate for appropriation sexual health/ HIV information and training that meets the needs of folks with autism and 2) work with the AIDS Bureau to ensure there is an understanding of …

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When the world is standing against you – Mickey McNulty

Briannon Lee

Know that you love your child. Even if you don’t understand everything about them, know that you love them and that is enough. Acceptance takes time.

Wow! I was moved when I read the words sent through by Mickey McNulty in response to Ayman Eckford’s questions for LGBTQIA Autistics. Mickey writes with empathy for parents and a strength that comes when you have survived the challenges of coming out as queer and autistic. Thank you Mickey, I hope your words resonate with our neuroqueer friends as much as parents who need to read them.

So, my child is autistic. Will their experiences be different from the experiences of cis hetero autistic children or neurotypical queer teens? What should I consider?

Your Queer Autistic child’s experience will be very different from a cis hetero Autistic person or a Queer NT’s experience. A lot of the Queer scene is going to clubs and drinking. That sounds…

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“I accept myself”: thinking about “autism awareness”

This past weekend, Jason's Connection published an artwork of mine along with my musings on autism awareness and what autism acceptance means to me. I write a bit about the puzzle piece symbol, and take on a new one to represent myself. Here is an excerpt from the full article: ... I'm so many interconnected …

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Meltdown Bingo: Autistic Edition

I want to pass this along to some others for discussion. I have had my boundaries violated so many times I’ve lost count. Not even knowing what my human rights are, reading all of this including other posts about common abuses many autistics endure validates my own experiences, shines light on my suffering.

Silence Breaking Sound

TW/Content note: Abuse of autistic people; demonstrative use of disability slur; self-injury; in-depth descriptions of being in the middle of a meltdown.

UPDATE: The article on The Mighty that led to this post has been taken down.

UPDATE 2: It has been suggested to me that I note that the author of the piece, while writing as a parent, is also autistic, and that the original piece was co-authored by her autistic son.   I take issue with aligning oneself with an outside-looking-in perspective in how one writes about a marginalized group’s experience while also wanting to be seen as part of that group, but the main discussion should be about the experience and framing of meltdowns from an autistic perspective.

The Bingo Sheet meme has existed as a way for marginalized communities to catalog and make fun of the bad things they experience.  This usually takes the form of quoting…

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“Faces” Project Call For Selfies: The Art Of Autism Hillary Krzywkowski is looking for interesting emotional selfies and photographs for an art project. She wants faces expressing emotions such as shock, surprise, anger, rage, irritation, sadness, contentment, jealousy, critical, excited, elated, proud, teasing, annoying, silly, enjoyment. “Faces: My Perception Of Emotion As An Autistic Artist” is a portraiture-study of emotion in which Hillary explores… …

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