April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance/Whatever Month, so let’s start with two posts about that.
Posts about “Autism Uncensored”:
Other media and reviews:
Posts about autistic people being treated terribly:
Posts about autistic people being treated not-terribly:
Posts about what life is like in general:
An accidental trilogy of posts about intelligence, IQ, and oppression:
Other posts about disability and oppression:
Elizabeth Bartmess on good autistic representation in fiction: a three-part series
Movie and television reviews:
Posts about bad parents and their memoirs of their bad parenting:
Other media and reviews:
On the Parkland shooting:
On intersections within autism:
- Shira Rubin on autism therapy robots (There is more pathologizing language in this article than I would like, especially at first, but it also has some interesting information, especially where it lists potential problems with the robots.)
- For Black History Month, Finn Gardiner tells the story of “Blind Tom” Wiggins, who may have been an autistic savant
- Amy Sequenzia on the difference between “independent living” and real independence
More from Rose Lemberg’s “Writing While Autistic” series:
Media and Reviews:
Posts about treatments (and “treatments”):
Rose Lemberg is making a cool series right now about writing while autistic, and I am linking to everything in the series because it’s wonderful.
Politics and government:
Sexuality and relationships:
Posts about safety and crisis situations:
I have once again managed to neglect my Autism News posts for a few months, so now you folks are getting a NICE BIG ONE.
Posts about how people treat us:
Posts about personal experiences:
Posts about online advocacy and the politics of language:
Posts about American politics and core disability policy:
Other pan-disability and policy stuff:
- Christopher Knaus explains how NDIS disability insurance is being rolled out too fast in the UK
- Russ Choma on how airlines and the Trump administration are delaying implementing improvements to how US airlines handle wheelchairs
- Mac McClelland on what happens to Americans who are found not guilty by reason of insanity (TW: institutionalization; medical/psychiatric abuse; descriptions of violent crimes, including sexual crimes and crimes against children.)
Media and reviews:
- Elizabeth Cassidy explains why having characters who meet all the diagnostic criteria for autism isn’t the same as having realistic autistic characters
- Eric Deggans summarizes autistic people’s reactions to “Atypical” and “The Good Doctor”
- Maxfield Sparrow writes a nuanced review of “The Good Doctor”
- Sarah Pripas reviews “Dina”, a documentary about an autistic couple getting married
- Nicole and Meadow Panteleakos review “A Boy Called Bat”
- Chavisory explains the problem with portraying autistic characters as naive. (This is one of those “I think I knew this, but I didn’t have language to say it” type posts for me. It’s a great description of a pervasive problem in a way I haven’t seen before. I might start linking to it in Autistic Book Party reviews once in a while.)
Law enforcement news:
Media and reviews:
- M. Kelter interviews Art Shectman about Ultra Testing, a tech firm that hires autistic employees
- Another company, EY, is also getting into the business of autistic hiring
On stereotypes and prejudice:
April is Autism Month – Autism Awareness Month to some, and Autism Acceptance Month to others, and sometimes just the annoying month where we have to listen to more Autism Speaks propaganda than usual – so there’s been a lot of news!
Shannon des Roches Rosa has been making some good 101 posts this month at The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism:
Pan-disability politics and policy, from the US:
- Michelle Diament on how new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch deals with disability cases
- S.E. Smith on why more disabled people are employed in some US states than others
- The U.S. Supreme Court recently made an important decision about disability and the death penalty. (For anyone who needs more evidence about why representation in fiction matters, this article describes how the state of Texas has literally been evaluating people’s eligibility for the death penalty based on their resemblance to a fictional character.)
- Elsa Sjunesson-Henry on protesting while disabled
From Canada and the UK:
Posts about ABA:
Media and writing:
- Lifestyle Solutions, an Australian nonprofit that manages group homes for disabled people, is under investigation for abuse and neglect causing a series of deaths. (TW: In addition to what it says on the can, there is also mention of sexual assault. I have not watched the video that accompanies the article but, based on the description, would not recommend doing so.)
- Amelia Hill interviews three autistic mothers of autistic children (TW: all three mothers discuss, among other things, a fear of social services taking their children away; abuse by third parties is also mentioned.)
For mental health reasons (I’m fine now, I just got overloaded by world events for a bit) I did not collect autism news during the months of January and February. I will not be making any attempt to retroactively collect news from this time: today’s Autism News post is for the news cycle starting March 1. Thanks for understanding.
Let’s start this cycle off with some political content: an ASAN toolkit on contacting your elected representatives.
Media and reviews:
About fun and play:
- M. Yergeau on the rhetoric of filicide. (Um, this post is GRAPHIC. Take the filicide TW SERIOUSLY, please. If you can stomach it, it says some important things.)
- Lisa Daxer’s Autism Memorial has two new entries for autistic people who were killed this March:  
U.S. politics news:
- On Buzzfeed, 13 disabled activists talk about their reactions to the American election
- ASAN is joining the newly formed Modern Medicaid Alliance, advocating for the importance of Medicaid in American disabled people’s lives
- ASAN statement on the nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, and why this nomination is dangerous for disabled people (among others)
- The state of Michigan passed legislation to severely restrict and regulate the use of restraint and seclusion on K-12 students. (TW: descriptions of specific instances of restraint and other ableist treatment)
Posts about self-advocacy:
Sad Things Other Than Trump:
- The people who killed Alex Spourdalakis were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, even though the killing was premeditated.
Well, I haven’t made an Autism News post since before the American election, so we need to address that. All of you have presumably already read a million thinkpieces about the election, but there is less being spread around from a disabled point of view than from some others, so here are some important election-related posts by disabled people.
(Note: I’m not completely sure how to TW this section properly. Please assume, as with the Sad Things section, that everything that sounds like it might be negative/triggering is what it says on the can.)
But not all of us live in the US! Here are some slightly less terrible things that are happening in the UK.
Some useful psychological information:
Some posts about personal experiences:
Some activism, and some posts about how to do activism:
- Autism Speaks removed the word “cure”, and many other pathologizing/stigmatizing terms, from their mission statement. (While this change is too little too late for many autistic people, it’s still really interesting news!)
- Brent White and Lindsey Anderson give a presentation on understanding and coping with meltdowns.
And finally, the Sad Things section. (Or should that be Sad Things Other Than Trump?)
- The fire in California which killed four disabled men and their caregiver has been confirmed to be arson-related, and potentially a murder-suicide.
- Lisa Daxer’s Autism Memorial logged six known times in October and November when autistic people were killed for being autistic: