Autistic and neurodivergent people experience many “sensory icks” regularly. Autistic writer Shamiha Patel shares her personal checklist of sensory triggers.
How should educators approach autism, and how can understanding autistic identities help educators better support autistic and non-autistic students?
No, ABA therapy cannot affirm neurodiversity, not without becoming something that is not ABA therapy.
Senior editor Shannon Rosa talks with autistic podcaster Shawn Sullivan of Unheard Voices about what we do here at TPGA: Our passion for debunking autism misinformation, boosting neurodiversity advocacy, and fighting for disability rights. Shawn was a gracious host, and Shannon had a lot of opinions—all of which are correct.
Investigative Documentary’s docu-series Natalia Speaks addresses important issues about parents’ legal over-reach and the rights of the disabled. It also raises the question of what we deserve from the stories about us.
Is it true that AI can diagnose autism?
Short answer: No.
Slightly longer and probably more accurate answer: Not yet.
Maxfield Sparrow talks with researchers Emma Pritchard-Rowe and Jenny Gibson about why autistic types of play (solitary, stimmy, etc.) are not “wrong,” and in fact can have an important function in supporting relaxation and recuperation.
The book Neurodiversity for Dummies is happening because there really is a dearth of accessible information and resources. This listening session is a conversation about what neurodiversity is, and what neurodivergent people need to thrive.
I’m not a fan of “levels of autism.” If an autistic individual makes a personal choice to refer to themselves as one of these levels, I can respect their decision. When it’s imposed meaninglessly by others, it’s too often disastrous.
Autistic people want to work as caregivers, but the system makes it difficult for them to stay in their jobs. This is a loss for the clients, who lose an autistic mentor, and for the autistic support worker, who can be both traumatized and unemployed.