Someone holding a red backpack out of frame wearing white shoes next to a crosswalk.

Dear Autistic Kid, on school and isolation

I want to let you know that autistic adults are here. Autistic adults exist. Most of us have had tough experiences in elementary school and junior high school. Personally, I felt rather isolated growing up in school.

How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People

[This post was originally posted at The Aspergian. For new posts from me, head to my author profile on The Aspergian.] Miscommunication and misinterpretation of autistic people happens very early in life. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or in modern language, "Treat other people as you would like to… Continue reading How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People

Why Autism Research Isn’t For Autistic People

In the US, you can’t be an autism researcher in most labs without accepting the pathological model of autism. You must reference old research, mostly done by white cisgender male researchers on white cisgender autistic boys. You must talk about the deficits of theory of mind and the difficulties in social communication. I’ve seen at… Continue reading Why Autism Research Isn’t For Autistic People

Transitioning to Graduate School: StairwayToStem

In case you missed it, I recently wrote a guest blog post on StairwayToStem, a website which provides resources for helping autistic students transition to college and graduate school. They kindly split up the series into 3 parts for me: Part 1: Transitioning to Grad School and Adjusting to the New Environment Part 2: Challenges… Continue reading Transitioning to Graduate School: StairwayToStem