Book review: “Send In the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism” (ableism alert)

I've just finished reading “Send In The Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism”, a book (published in 2006) by Kamran Nazeer, an autistic civil servant in the UK. Once I got into it, I found it quite compulsive reading, perhaps because – unlike a lot of the books I read – it had … Continue reading Book review: “Send In the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism” (ableism alert)

30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

... What is “autism awareness” all about? What are people trying to spread “awareness” of? Some forms of awareness that can be found in mainstream circles (i.e. being propagated by certain big autism “charities” or organisations and among certain groups of parents and professionals) include being aware that: Autism exists Autism is a disordered, tragic, … Continue reading 30 Things to be Aware of this Autism Acceptance Month

YouTube video on autism and language

"The language we use around autism matters" I've started making YouTube videos of myself talking about autism - eek! (also see this video on “why talking is hard” - forthcoming) The first video I've made is about autism and language. Here it is: It is not about the ways in which autistic people are (presumed … Continue reading YouTube video on autism and language

What I’ve learned about autism, autistics and the autism world

It's been a little over 19 months since my autism diagnosis. Since 19 is my lucky number, I thought I would write a brief update post. Initially I considered writing about the changes that have happened in my life now that it has been over a year and a half since receiving my diagnosis, but … Continue reading What I’ve learned about autism, autistics and the autism world