SFF writers writing about their autism!
- I just discovered that autistic SF author Raphael Ordoñez wrote two articles about autism for The Mighty, and I was so excited that I decided to include them in this month’s News even though they are from 2016!
- On being diagnosed in his late 20s
- On how writing supports his mental health
- Richard Ford Burley also has a cool 101 page about autism on his website.
More writing and reviews:
- Rose Lemberg has a new Writing While Autistic post up: this one about accessible writing environments
- Kelly Israel reviews “Hoshi and the Red City Circuit”
- Maxfield Sparrow reviews “Off the Rails: A Documentary About Darius McCollum”
- Brett Kavanagh, a candidate for the US Supreme Court, believes that it’s ok to perform elective surgeries on disabled people without their consent – and wants a greater number of disabled people to be considered incapable of declining or withdrawing consent.
- s.e. smith goes into more detail about Kavanagh’s ruling on this topic and its potential implications for disabled people and others.
Politics and policy from other places:
- In the UK, a judge ruled that it is discriminatory to exclude autistic students from school as a punishment for aggressive behavior.
- According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, ableism is a widespread problem in Ontario’s schools and universities. (Sadly, I don’t think the current provincial government is likely to care.)
A pair of Sad Things links about prisons:
- Gary A. Harki on the crisis of mental health treatment in American jails
- Samantha Michaels on the plight of children and teenagers who are declared incompetent to stand trial