Self-Advocates Are Speaking Up About Having a Sweetie

Self-advocates discuss the kinds of messages that they received about sex while growing up and whether they feel that they get the necessary supports to have romantic relationships.

Autism Acceptance

I began to “presume competence” rather than make assumptions on face value.

Living With Autism in The Classroom

I have learned over the years to ignore and persevere. I spent years in the classroom with people that talked with their voice to communicate while I sat alone and typed one paragraph at a time. Typing and communicating are the same.

Bullying: Then and Now (A Personal Perspective)

Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Do it your way in your own time on your terms. Remember you can be anything you want to be, you may just have to do it a little differently in order to fulfill your dreams. Dream big and let the sky be the limit.

Autistic Body Language

Anyone who can read body language in general can learn to read the body language of autistic people who send cues that way, even really unusual cues that have nothing to do with the neurotypical ones. It takes work, but it can be done.

My Definition of Autism

Being on the autism spectrum to me was at one point in time a defining characteristic of who I am. It is not anymore.

Dear well-meaning strangers

Autistic is not a swear word. It is a beautiful word, a name for an identity that represents an entire group of people who are diverse in their personalities, characters, abilities, and deficits.

Living with Autism in the Community

I quietly watch all of society believe that we are empty space – what we really are, is full with intelligence.

Awareness Is Not Enough

Acceptance is about respect, loving people for who they are, and apologizing when something you’ve done or said inadvertently hurts people.

My Definition of Autism

I am who I am and there is no changing me. Accept me for who I am and you will see autism in a whole new light.