“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”

Why I Love Being Autistic

People tend to focus on the negative aspects of autism, but there are also many positive features. Although the autism community tends to talk more about the benefits of autism, the general public is often only privy to a fairly negative narrative. There are certainly a lot of difficulties that come along with being autistic,Continue reading “Why I Love 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”

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”