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Autism Diagnosis: Racial and Income Barriers

Racial inequality and autism are two issues that disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Autism is a developmental disorder that is largely characterized by social and communication deficits. While the exact causes of autism are unknown, it is believed to be a neurodevelopmental disorder that is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Racial inequality is the systematic discrimination of individuals … Continue reading Autism Diagnosis: Racial and Income Barriers

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Autism: Autistic and LGBTQ Community

In the past, Autistics who were also LGBTQ were often closeted because of fears of discrimination, bullying, and exclusion. However, in recent years, there has been a shift towards greater acceptance of LGBTQ individuals, and this has included Autistics who are part of the LGBTQ community. There is now a growing visibility of Autistic LGBTQ individuals, with many people feeling more comfortable coming out and … Continue reading Autism: Autistic and LGBTQ Community

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Autism: Broadening Social Norms

The social world can be a confusing and overwhelming place for people on the autism spectrum. There are an endless number of unwritten rules and social norms that most people learn through observation and experience. For people with autism, who may have difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues, these unwritten rules can be a real challenge. But why are social norms mandatory? Thankfully, there is … Continue reading Autism: Broadening Social Norms

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Autism Stimming: Like a Rock Star

I can personally tell you that I am a big-time rocker. So, stim like a rock-star! Autism stimming is a topic that is often misunderstood. Some people see it as a way to cope with anxiety or boredom, while others see it as a way to express happiness. The truth is, stimming is a bit of both. It can be a way to relieve stress, … Continue reading Autism Stimming: Like a Rock Star

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Autistics Performing Neurotypicality

It’s been said that refusing to perform neurotypicality is like refusing to put on a mask. In a society that often values conformity, those of us who don’t conform can feel like we’re constantly swimming upstream. We’re different, and that can be difficult. But it’s important to remember that being different is not a bad thing. In fact, it can be a good thing. It … Continue reading Autistics Performing Neurotypicality

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Autism Special Interests: Wellbeing in Autistic Adults

In his, her or their own way, every person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unique. This includes the special interests and talents that each individual possesses. For some people with ASD, their special interests may be considered obsessive. They may fixate on a certain topic or object and want to learn everything they can about it. While this may seem like a negative trait, … Continue reading Autism Special Interests: Wellbeing in Autistic Adults

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Autistic Culture: A Culture of Autistics

Autistic culture exists within many other cultures. There is a growing movement of people with autism who are embracing their disorder and championing autistic culture. This includes celebrating neurodiversity, raising awareness about autism spectrum disorder, and promoting inclusion and understanding. In recent years, autism has become more mainstream. With the rise in diagnosis, there has also been a rise in autistic culture. Autism culture refers … Continue reading Autistic Culture: A Culture of Autistics

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Neurodivergence: A Neurodiverse-Friendly World

A neurodiverse-friendly world is a society that embraces autism and autistics. Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the range of differences in human brains and nervous systems. This includes conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette’s syndrome. A neurodiverse-friendly world would be one that accommodates and embraces these differences, rather than trying to ‘fix’ them. It would be a world where neurodivergent people … Continue reading Neurodivergence: A Neurodiverse-Friendly World

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Masked Autism: Undiagnosed Autistics

When most people think of autism, they picture children and adults who are unable to communicate and interact with others. But there is a form of autism that is far less obvious: masked autism. People with masked autism are often described as high-functioning and may not be diagnosed until later in life. They may have trouble with social interactions and may be sensitive to loud … Continue reading Masked Autism: Undiagnosed Autistics