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Kayla Cromer is an Autistic Actress. Autistic Girls and Women Have Been Waiting for This.

For the longest time, I’ve been disappointed that I have never seen myself on television. I mean this figuratively, of course, but based on the way autism is portrayed in mainstream media, you may be convinced I only understand and…
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Teaching “Yes Means Yes” Can Make Sex Education More Inclusive for the Disability Community

When I was 11, we learnt how to put a condom on a banana. Only one person per group had to demonstrate, and I shrank into the background while everyone else giggled. When I was 13, we learnt about reproduction…
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The Joy of Being Autistic in Spaces Built By and For Autistic People

When Haley Moss, an attorney, visual pop artist, and author from Florida, was 13, she went to the Autism Society of America Conference, a conference dedicated to presentations, discussions, and workshops about autism. It was the first time she’d
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What I Wish People Knew About Sensory Processing Issues

I’ve had sensory processing disorder my entire life. As a kid, it meant that I sometimes went to occupational therapy to practice my cursive handwriting and speech. As an adult, it might take a few minutes for me to recognize…
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Shock Therapy is Still Legal. It’s Time to #StopTheShock.

The Judge Rotenberg Center, an educational and residential facility in Canton, Massachusetts, says it has a “near zero rejection policy,” accepting autistic people and those with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions whose families say they have nowhere…
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15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and
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Autistic People are Taking Back Autism “Awareness.” It’s About Acceptance.

As a joke a few years ago, I posted on April 2 (widely celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day), “I think you’re all aware, but I’m autistic.” I was sick of seeing photos of non-autistic people on fundraising walks for
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#BoycottToSiri Highlights Why Non-Autistic People Must Stop Speaking Over the Autistic Community

The experience of being an autistic person isn’t universal, but there is one thing that we’ve all experienced—non-autistic (or “allistic”) people speaking over us. A recent example of this is To Siri With Love, a memoir by Judith Newman
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Why We Need More Research on How Substance Abuse Impacts the Autistic Community

I will always remember the first few times I tried an alcoholic beverage. I was around the age of eighteen, and at first found the feeling very uncomfortable. Even a slight buzz—just a partial alcoholic beverage—changes my perception and how