Against The Autism Parent Feedback Loop of Woe | THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM

Kerima Cevik “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.” -James Baldwin The Fire Next Time Photo © Kerima Cevik, posted with subject’s permission [Image: The author’s biracial nonverbal autistic son, at about […]

Healthcare & Wellness

When Autistic People Have Epilepsy | THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM

Photo © Ivo Dimitrov | Flickr / Creative Commons [image: Illustration of a human brain, in profile, made of colorful cogs in various sizes and shapes.] Maxfield Sparrow [Content note: This post discusses suicidality, mental health, and death.] In the early 1990s, I was engaged to a man with epilepsy. Source: When Autistic People […]

Culture & Community

“The gloves, the mask, it’s a whole production.” — The Unabashed Autist

I had an interesting conversation with M, recently. He wanted to understand why I was disappointed when a stranger figured out I’m autistic after dining with us. He suggested I may be ashamed of being autistic. I thought about it and attempted to explain the concept of masking. It’s not about shame; it’s pragmatism. The… Source: “The […]