“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?””

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”

Why the “R-Word” Needs to be Eliminated From Your Vocabulary

Even in 2021, I still hear people using the R-word casually and without remorse, despite its negative impact. We need to not only stop using the R-word, but completely reframe our views of the disabled community. The R-word refers to the slur “retard” or any of its variations such as “retarded” or “libtard”. Although manyContinue reading “Why the “R-Word” Needs to be Eliminated From Your Vocabulary”