“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 Autism Speaks Will NEVER Speak For Me

Autism Speaks is one of the most well-known autism advocacy organizations in the United States, but their history of anti-autistic rhetoric also makes them a major source of autism misinformation. Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Susan Wright after one of their grandchildren was diagnosed with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks hasContinue reading “Why Autism Speaks Will NEVER Speak For Me”

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”