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)

Actually, Autism DOES Define me.

“Autism doesn't define you” “Autism isn't you!” or “Autism isn't who you are!” “Autism isn't your personality” or “Autism isn't your whole personality” “Autism is only part of you” or “Autism is only one part of you” “Autism isn't a part of you” These are all statements I've heard/seen people say/write about autism in relation … Continue reading Actually, Autism DOES Define me.

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 the cutting-edge of social neuroscience has to say about autism

(Plus, how it is saying it.)   I've just finished reading a few pages on autism found within the book “Social” by Matthew Lieberman. The author is a leading researcher in the field of social neuroscience and the book is a sweeping overview of how our social brains work to make us the social creatures … Continue reading What the cutting-edge of social neuroscience has to say about autism

Everything wrong with “Extreme Love: Autism”

I usually appreciate Louis Theroux's documentaries, but this particular one - about autism - was rather painful to watch. It's sad and worrying to see how harmful attitudes and practices get propagated and normalised in mainstream media, including in shows that you usually respect and enjoy. After watching the documentary, I felt the need to list … Continue reading Everything wrong with “Extreme Love: Autism”