Autism & Gender

  I used to think that the notion of gendered autism made sense. The original model for the diagnostic process of autism is rooted in a very specific definition geared towards diagnosing white, straight, cisgender males. But, this model leaves so many autistic...

Double Empathy Problem

  Non-autistic people find it difficult to understand Autistic people, just as Autistic people struggle to understand non-autistic people. Dr. Damian Milton, an Autistic researcher, refers to this neurological disconnect as the double empathy problem, a theory...

Behavior Is Communication

  Behavior is communication has become a catchphrase within the autistic community. If a parent asks for advice on why their autistic child runs screaming from the shower or will only eat yogurt and chicken nuggets, they might often receive the response that...

Cats and Dogs: Communication Across a Neuro Divide

The dog wags its tail, and the cat thinks it is annoyed. The car purrs, and the dog thinks the cat is angry. Should we teach the dog to stop wagging its tail or teach the cat to understand that when a dog wags its tail it does not mean it is angry? Should we teach the...

Intersectionality

Like many autists I appear younger than my age, in part because I don’t perform age. I don’t perform age, race or gender, either. I don’t perform. Yet people tend to think I’m performing, that my words have a hidden meaning, or that I’m trying to behave like someone...