Un-Boxed Brain

There is another way

This is an edited version of a post originally published on Respectfully Connected I no longer feel alone as a parent of an autistic child, but there was a time when I did. When my son was first identified as autistic, I looked for parents in similar situations. This is probably the natural thing to …

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I am hurting

[CN on link: martyr mom, functioning labels, extreme ableism and all the horribleness that can’t be put into words] Recently, an article was published in Huffington Post which I will link to for the benefit of those who haven’t come across the awfulness yet, but I’m linking an archived version [Please note CN above] because I …

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But, what about ‘those other autistic kids’?

[CN: Functioning labels; Example of racism] People can be very predictable. Because interpreting social situations as they occur is problematic for me, I tend to focus on patterns to predict people’s responses. People inevitably fulfill those patterns. One very noticeable pattern is the reaction that people have to posts or memes that call for acceptance, or …

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“Don’t you want to know what causes autism?”

This is an edited version of a post originally published on Respectfully Connected Another week, another person with a public platform spouting uninformed opinions about the causes of autism. It would be getting boring except that it’s incredibly hurtful and harmful. I’m pretty sure that most parents of autistic children have heard this question at …

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