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Why I write

Lately, I’ve been thinking a bit about why I write, and why I keep blogging. My offline life is quite full at the moment, so I have been struggling to find sufficient time to develop new posts.
This is despite having a pretty long list of things that I want to write about.

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Images of Autism

[CN: The sources linked for the images may be triggering because that’s the nature of media reporting about autism]

I want to write about the images that the media uses when they report on anything related to autism. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some common themes I’ve noticed.

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You think what?

[CN: Mourning for disabled children; murder mention]
Three years ago, I sat in a psychologist’s office and the words she said still repeat in my head at times:
“I think you need to mourn your son.”
There I was spluttering out “you think what?” and all the while I was wondering whether I was stuck in some alternate reality.

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The Word: Neurotypical

I have seen a lot of misconceptions about what the word neurotypical (NT) means, so I thought I would take some time to explain what NT means by giving examples of what it doesn’t mean.
The first misconception is that neurotypical means not autistic. Nick Walker addresses this misconception:
Neurotypical is the opposite of neurodivergent,