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”

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”