Animals and Autism

Although autistic people have long been considered to be lacking in empathy, the strong bonds between many autistic people and animals supports an alternate theory. As many people in the autism community know, there is great variation on the autism spectrum. When it comes to animals, some autistics find animal relationships not only more tolerableContinue reading “Animals and Autism”

“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?””

“Why Are You So Open About Being Autistic?”

Since being diagnosed with autism, I have chosen to take a path of radical self-acceptance. Considering the potential for pushback, this sometimes surprises people and prompts questions about why I am willing to share my story so candidly. There are many unfavorable stereotypes about autism. Some are grounded in confusion about the separation of autismContinue reading ““Why Are You So Open About Being Autistic?””

Masking

Masking is the act of artificially performing social behaviors or hiding less socially acceptable behaviors to appear more neurotypical. It is often a factor in late diagnosed autism. Men are more frequently diagnosed with autism than women at a rate of 4:1. There are several reasons for this, but one of the core reasons forContinue reading “Masking”

Autism and Empathy

Although autism stereotypes and bad science have led the general public to believe that autistics lack empathy, there is a lot of evidence pointing towards the contrary. When people think of someone who is incapable of empathy, their first thought goes to sociopaths or psychopaths. They imagine someone who is not upset when seeing theContinue reading “Autism and Empathy”

Why I Don’t Have Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome has not been an official diagnosis since the DSM-V came out in 2013, but I am still frequently asked why I am not diagnosed with Asperger’s. Asperger’s syndrome was first added to the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in 1994. At that time, Asperger’s was diagnosed in individuals withContinue reading “Why I Don’t Have Asperger’s Syndrome”

Special Interests

Special interest is a term used in the autistic community to describe the passionate and abnormally intense fixations autistic people generally have. Although the stereotyped view of autism frequently gives way to images of special interests in categories of trains or numbers, special interests do not have to be in any certain topic to beContinue reading “Special Interests”

An Introduction to Me

This is a brief introduction to me, Jessica. After reading this post, please go check out my other blog posts! Since I was little, I knew that something was off. I have spent most of my life feeling like everyone else was listening to a different radio frequency that my radio couldn’t even tune into.Continue reading “An Introduction to Me”

Adult Autism Diagnosis

Not all autistics are diagnosed as children. Some of us are overlooked until adulthood and are often only diagnosed after a lot of introspection. The CDC estimates that 1 in 54 children have been identified with autism. The key word here is identified. Although many “advocacy” groups and parents have been concerned with the increasingContinue reading “Adult Autism Diagnosis”

Why I Don’t Use The Puzzle Piece

The puzzle piece has long provided a negative view of autism that is often not supported by the actually autistic community. I, and many other autistics, prefer the rainbow infinity symbol as a way to represent autism in a more positive, inclusive light. This might come as a surprise to some of my neurotypical readers:Continue reading “Why I Don’t Use The Puzzle Piece”