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Q is for Quirky

by Alyssa Hillary from Yes, That Too Q is for Quirky I’ve got a really complicated relationship with the word “Quirky.” I think many of us (neurodivergent people) do, and often for reasons that are … also complicated, and often highly personal. Thought the first: Quirky is true. I know you should never let the dictionary be …

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P is for Passing

by Bobbi Duncan-Ishcomer from This Sort of Life  The Purgatory of Passing: I AM Like Your Child Who is that girl reflected in the shop-front window glass? It can’t be me. That girl is standing still; arms to her side, hands not flapping, fingers not fluttering. She doesn’t make noise for noise-making sake. She is coordinated. When …

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O is for Outrage

by Amanda Burkhart from [introspection intensifies] Outrage [CN: filicide] When I googled “autism and outrage,” just for laughs, the immediate results were almost all of the same theme:  Some celebrity said something horrible / misinformed about autism, and this caused outrage.  The most popular results have our outrage mentioned like it’s merely a thing that …

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N is for Neurodiversity

by Dani Alexis Ryskamp from Autistic Academic N is for Neurodiversity Hang out long enough in any space where the word “autism” is used, and eventually you’ll also hear the word “neurodiversity.”  In some spaces, “neurodiversity” is treated as a good thing; in others, it’s treated as the enemy.  But why?  What’s going on – and …

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M is for Misunderstandings

by Cami Renfrow M is for Misunderstandings That misunderstanding permeates the autistic experience is probably a surprise to no one.  The thoughts conjured by the word are likely far different between readers of different neurologies, however. Autistic misunderstanding It is true that autistics often tend to take in so much information with our entire bodies, that …

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