Wow. So much happened during/after Autism Month, I’ve been having trouble keeping up with it all! But here is your vaguely-sorta-monthly-ish dose of autism stuff that has happened online.
Since it’s Acceptance Month (to many of us), here is some acceptance stuff:
- A big collection of Autism Acceptance 101 posts
- Shannon des Roches Rosa on how people with autistic loved ones can honour Autism Acceptance Day
- S.R. Salas on autistic parenting
- “Protestina“, a poem by Dani Alexis Ryskamp
- Emily Morson on quality of life
An autistic 11-year-old named Kayleb Moon-Robinson was arrested and charged with felony assault for knocking over a trash can and struggling against a policeman.
- ASAN statement on #justiceforkayleb
- David M. Perry on why this is not an isolated incident
- You can sign a petition to pardon Kayleb
- Lydia Brown on racism and intersectionality in disability justice
Disability in Kidlit’s Autism On the Page event was very cool. And VERY relevant to my interests.
- If you are interested in representations of autism in fiction (so… like… 4/5 of my readers) then I highly recommend that you read the whole thing, but if you do not have time for this and would like links to (what I thought were the) highlights, here are some highlights!
- Reviews: “Rogue” by Lyn Miller-Lachmann; “Anything But Typical” by Nora Raleigh Baskin; “Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins
- Articles: Jessica Mulqueen on autism as a fad; Bogi Takács on intersectionality; Elizabeth Bartmess on behaviourizing and humanizing descriptions; Jacqueline Koyanagi on undiagnosed autistic characters; Corinne Duyvis on the “autism voice“; Corinne Duyvis on overcoming autism [read this one even if you think you already know the problem with cure stories; it goes further than that]
- An interview with Lyn Miller-Lachmann
- Also, here is Corinne Duyvis in the news explaining the importance of representation
Other stuff in the actual, newspaper-y news:
- Microsoft has a plan to hire autistic people for full time jobs (but frustratingly few details?)
- Research (by an autistic researcher!) into autism and sexuality
- An autistic boy whose school did not want to let him attend graduation
- A 15-year-old autistic girl and her family were kicked off a plane for requesting accomodations