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I created this website to help spread information about autism, especially for late-diagnosed adults. You will find posts about what it’s like being autistic, the history of autism, current autism advocacy, and much more in my blog section. Please feel free to leave comments as I’m always happy to answer questions and take part in thoughtful discourse!

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“What Is Autism?”

It might seem like a funny question at first. After all, most people have heard of autism. But, despite public awareness, most people don’t actually know that much about autism. Although the world has known about autism for some time, its description and diagnostic criteria has changed significantly throughout history. The second edition of theContinue reading ““What Is Autism?””

Autism Awareness Month

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. It is filled with various autism awareness campaigns, such as “Light It Up Blue” by Autism Speaks, and puzzle piece symbolism. But what does the autistic community themselves think about Autism Awareness Month? Autism Awareness Month first began as National Autistic Children’s Week in 1972, started byContinue reading “Autism Awareness Month”

Person-First vs Identity-First Language

Although identity-first language is used widely throughout the actually autistic community, many people are still taught to refer to autistic people with person-first language. Person-first language refers to a way of describing people with disabilities in which their personhood is put before their disability status. In this sense, person-first language is meant to describe whatContinue reading “Person-First vs Identity-First Language”

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