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Image is a person seated at a table, mostly obscured by a tall stack of books. Text says, “Please remember that stereotypes about being good at something are still stereotypes. ~ C.L. Bridge, “Don’t Count on Stereotypes,” awnnetwork.org

Don’t Count on Stereotypes

At age sixteen, I sat in the backseat of my parents’ car, doing sums in my head. I pictured the numbers being written out on the back of the seat in …

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Sometimes you can’t find the words to say what you need or how you feel. Sometimes you know the words but can’t get them out. And even when the words do come out right, people don’t always listen. ~ C.L. Bridge, awnnetwork.org

To My Preteen Self

Original post for Autistics Speaking Day by C.L. Bridge Dear eleven-year-old me, Hello from the future! There are so many things I want to tell you. But first, I suppose I …

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Autistic Representation Needs Autistic Voices

Hollywood loves talking about autism but refuses to talk to Autistics. When a new show or movie with an Autistic character airs, writers, directors and producers pat themselves on the back …

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Image has a photo of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" monkey figures in background. Text says, The comment was deleted and I was blocked. I commented on the Facebook page. I was blocked. I answered a question on Twitter. I was blocked on Twitter too. They even blocked me from viewing their website. - Amy Sequenzia, awnnetwork.org”

Autism Parenting Magazine – Disinformation and Silencing of Autistics

I’ve read an article on the online Autism Parenting Magazine that was so bad, my initial reaction was a giant WTF? It was written by someone who clearly doesn’t know anything …

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Image has a photo of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" monkey figures in background. Text says, The comment was deleted and I was blocked. I commented on the Facebook page. I was blocked. I answered a question on Twitter. I was blocked on Twitter too. They even blocked me from viewing their website. - Amy Sequenzia, awnnetwork.org"

Menopause: Just When You Felt Less Socially Awkward

JUST when I had finally stopped obsessively worrying that I might possibly be offending someone somewhere; just when I had started feeling (almost) comfortable socializing with humans, rather than pets, at …

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Image shows a black and white photo closeup of a wheelchair poised at the edge of an inaccessible curb. Text says, “Why are organizations and the media still ignoring us while talking about us - using Person First Language, of course - dismissing and silencing us? Why aren’t they ‘seeing the person’? ~ Amy Sequenzia, awnnetwork.org"

The Failings of Person First Language

I am Autistic. I am disabled. Almost every time I make these statements, I hear from someone – that I don’t know – correcting me: “You are not autistic, you are …

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Image shows a closeup of a few colored pencils on a blue wooden table. Text says, “Our interests are ours / they aren’t yours to take from us. ~ C.L. Bridge, awnnetwork.org”

Our Interests Are Ours

In kindergarten, I loved one thing more than just about anything else: the Care Bears. I loved their rainbow colors and their magical land of clouds. Unfortunately, most of my classmates …

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Image description: photo of a parent and child standing side by side in a sunny field, with their arms raised and outstretched as they gaze at each other. Text says, “Parents who practice acceptance will not allow anyone to devalue their children. They will not allow anyone to value their children on the basis of what they can do, but on the basis of their humanity. - Amy Sequenzia, awnnetwork.org”

Autism Acceptance – It Requires Action

It has been a long time since Autistics started saying that Autism Awareness is not enough. It has been a long time since Autistics started saying that Autism Awareness actually hurts …

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Interview with Paula Durbin-Westby

This month, AWN had the privilege of interviewing Paula Durbin-Westby, founder of Autism Acceptance Day and creator and curator of the Autism Acceptance Day Blog. Why did you create Autism Acceptance Day? I …

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Walk In My Shoes

Content warning: use of the R-word and murders of disabled people. (Please, read this post: http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/2013/09/here-try-on-some-of-my-shoes.html. What I write here is inspired – not in an inspiration porn way – by …

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What Does Autism Speaks "Call For Unity" Mean?

What Does Autism Speaks “Call For Unity” Mean?

In very few words: crisis management. But this is an informative post, so I will give the information. Neurotypical writer Steve Silberman just published his extensively researched book on, more specifically …

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Why I #BoycottAutismSpeaks

I Boycott Autism Speaks because I am Autistic and I value my life. I Boycott Autism Speaks because I value all lives. Autism Speaks is a hate group that uses marketing …

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