Media and Reviews:
Research and Science:
- An academic study of gender identity in AFAB autistic people
- Shanon des Roches Rosa on the CDC’s new autism prevalence numbers
- Shannon Rosa and Corina Becker interview researcher Laura Crane about how to support autistic people in education, criminal justice, and health
Other stuff about autistic women!
- The Autism Women’s Network is changing its name to the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network.
- On April 5, there was a United Nations event on empowering autistic women and girls. Here is Julia Bascom’s keynote from that event.
- Reese Piper interviews 12 women and trans people who discovered their autism in adulthood or in their late teens.
- The White House joined the Light It Up Blue campaign this year, despite widespread criticism from self-advocates. Here is an ASAN statement about it.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are considering barring immigrants with disabilities:
- ADAPT has been protesting to get other advocacy organizations to join with them in support of the Disability Integration Act, which prevents officials and insurance companies from denying community-based services to disabled people. The AARP called the police on them, but no arrests were made.
- Doug Ford, the recently elected premier of Ontario, has a lot of problems. The insulting comments he made about a group home for autistic people, including saying that autistic children and teens in such a home should not be allowed outside and that their presence ruined the community, are just one.
Posts about social masking and its costs:
- Robin Frolic lists the things they do in a typical conversation to put allistic people at ease
- Kieran from The Autistic Advocate on burnout [TW: graphic discussion of suicidal ideation]
Posts about parenting and child care:
- MOM-NOS on age-appropriate interests
- Real Social Skills on one thing that can happen when parents don’t tell kids that they are disabled
- Real Social Skills on how to babysit a child who doesn’t speak
- Real Social Skills on autism and sexual orientation
- Liz Jackson on disability design, and how disabled people’s contributions to their own assistive technology go unrecognized
- Real Social Skills explains why “helping people focus” isn’t the only valid way to use stim toys
Special Sad Things Section on the Judge Rotenberg Center and #StopTheShock:
- Jessica Banks on how absurd it is that the JRC is still using torturous electric shocks as aversives
- ASAN has joined the #StopTheShock campaign
Special Sad Things Section with a TW for Nazis:
- New historical evidence show that Hans Asperger, the discoverer of Asperger syndrome, collaborated with Nazi eugenics more than previously thought.
- Maxfield Sparrow and Steve Silberman discuss their changing thoughts and feelings about Hans Asperger and the Asperger’s label.
Other Sad Things:
- Emily Flores on #MeToo and disability
- Jamie Hale on why disabled people are worried by assisted dying laws