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Invisible Differences: A Review

[image: Cover of the graphic novel Invisible Differences. The title is at the top in red block letters. Under is a grayscale illustration of a woman with straight dark hair, looking perplexed. She is wearing red Converse-style sneakers and is standing in front of many people walking by, intent on their own business.] Sonny Hallett twitter.com/scrappapertiger Review of Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez, illustrated by Mademoiselle Caroline One of the most valuable moments for many, on their journey to realising that they’re autistic, is recognising themselves through reading biographies and seeing other representations of autistic experiences. Autistic representations can provide such an important sense of validation and community, for those of us who may have never experienced much of either before.  As more works emerge by actually autistic creators, we are also seeing greater range, nuance, authenticity, and celebration of our diversity and differences, rather than pathology-based models or crude caricatures. In this…

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When Autistic Children Get Bullied: How To Understand, and Help

[image: A number of wooden figures, with a group on the left, looking angrily at one individual on the right who looks scared.] Content note: This article talks about abuse and suicide Ann Memmott annsautism.blogspot.com Most autistic children in schools are bullied at some stage. We know this from research. We also know that too many of the bullies get away with it, for month after month, and year after year. We know that many autistic children sink into depression and anxiety, become school-refusers, start to fail in their targets, and some go on to self-harm or to consider taking their own lives. Some die. It’s a very serious subject, and every school needs to be very serious about understanding, investigating and handling bullying situations with thoughtfulness, care and compassion. Many school staff are of course professional, caring and compassionate. I want to be clear about this, because it can…