April 21, 2014


also a good rule of thumb for people who work with autistic kids or adults from the autistic behavior specialist hopeful:

if your behavior intervention more resembles dog training than teaching a human being, you probably want to rethink your behavior intervention.

(via joanthedeductionist)

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April 19, 2014
Upcoming Training Webinars for Self Advocates


The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is gearing up for the summer and is excited to share upcoming webinars with you. These webinars are trainings for self advocate group leaders.


April 22nd 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Strategies to Combat Media Misrepresentations
Often times, media will say negative things about people with disabilities that end up harming our community. This webinar will explore community organizing strategies and effective messaging to respond to negative portrayals and perspectives of people with disabilities.

April 29th 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
What to Do When Your Allies Aren’t Really Your Allies 
This webinar will explore the roles for allies within self-advocacy organizations. The following questions will be addressed: What do we mean by ‘allyship?’ What are the roles of allies within self-advocacy organizations? What happens when ‘allies’ do not listen to our requests? Power dynamics and conflict resolution within self-advocacy groups and organizations. How do we ensure self-advocates voices and experiences are centralized?
Not too late to register! To sign up for the SPRING series, visit www.autisticadvocacy.org/2014webinars
May 13 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Project Coordination 101: Learning the Basics of Running an Effective Project
Self Advocacy groups can get funding by signing up to coordinate projects. This is often done by contracting with a funder to accomplish a certain task, like checking accessibility of polling places, hosting a training series, or holding focus groups. Groups have told us that they want to develop more project coordination skills. We will talk about how to run, staff, and organize a project. Topics include creating a project proposal, timeline, budget, how to implement your project plan, and strategies for overcoming challenges that may arise. 

June 10 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST 
Balancing Act: Delegation & Power Dyanmics within Groups
Self Advocates often try to do everything themselves, but we become more powerful when we can share responsibility and tasks. This webinar will examine how groups can practice delegation (assigning tasks to others) and talk about models of power sharing within groups.  These guidelines and techniques will help lead to more effective leadership skills, group management and group dynamics.
July 8 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Unveiling a New Resource for Self Advocates
Imagine if you had a book of interview questions, templates of acceptance / rejection letters, press releases, and more. ASAN is launching a book of templates and scripts self advocates can use in their work. We will unveil the book at our July 8th webinar and use different tactics, like roleplaying scenarios, to go over the book together. 
August 26 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Fantastic Facilitation: Leading Effective, Inclusive Meetings
Come learn important facilitation tips such as how to construct an effective agenda to stay on task and the creation of ground rules to ensure effective group management and participation. We will also talk about how to use meetings to advance an agenda (for example a meeting with a policymaker).  
To register, visit autisticadvocacy.org.
These webinars are open to Self Advocates across the country and are organized by ASAN’s Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy project. ASAN thanks the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for funding our training series.

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April 19, 2014
"Finally, a female with ASD may have protective same-age friendships, in which other females may take a protective or nurturing role of the female with ASD, allowing her to sit with them at lunch or join their peer group(Atwood 2006), potentially concealing her social deficits due to affiliation with a peer group."

Nicole L Kreiser and Susan W. White. ASD in Females: Are we Overstating the Gender Difference in Diagnosis?

Ahahaha this research is getting way too fucken real you guys.

(via samaeloliver)


April 19, 2014
Motherhood: Autistic Parenting Experiences (Three Part Series)


A fantastic three-part series on how Motherhood is experienced by many Autistic women: written by, Cynthia Kim, AWN Contributing Writer.

Cynthia blogs at www.musingsofanaspie.com

April 18, 2014

Hi-first of my name is Joy I am Autistic along with some other things(such as ADHD)  and i love disabled headcanons-such as Autisim(though I’m a bit picky which ones I fully headcanon-I only have a few.)

Also fun fact: I have a story in my head, that I one day want to publish-and I would allow the fans to headcanon them with disables, also in the side stories(kind of-it’s basically a historical story with kind of time travel, by side story is after I publish the first one, over time I would publish more stories on the historical people-not actual historical figure but you know, adventures into I do kill them by the end, anyway two characters from two side story(Annie-the stuart girl) and George(Georgeion)  have two characters that are Autistic(the latter one has Aspergers Sydrome) while not conformed in story(it not being known yet) I will conform after it is published, though I kind of worry about Annie’s one-okay the thing is the Stuart came from the middle ages-and if you know some stuff about middle ages they where products from their time(viewing physical disabled as being punished from God) and well-okay I have to be blurt know, in the story the Autistic(whom I think I should name Beatrice) they is people thinking she was taken over by Demons,  or is just stupid, though Annie doesn’t generally knows, and against her own head befriened her anyway, later after Beatrice was sad not knowing what she had, Annie came to a chose that they was nothing wrong with Beatrice which perked Beatrice up-the Georgion one is actually a lot tamer. 

Okay anyway, one of my own-very weird headcanon is well first of I should warn you.

I did use a functional label the thing is, to me they are not offensive but I get and understand why other people find it offensive I promise you when I do use it, I post a warning.

Anyway-here is the link http://yourfavisneuroatypical.tumblr.com/post/77873151247/spongebob-being-autistic-specially-hfa

April 10, 2014

Hi! I was just diagnosed as autistic today (it did not come as a shock, but it did come as a relief because what I’ve been suspecting for years has finally been confirmed). And…I am legitimately mentioning that to get it off my chest because mostly I want to talk about AUTISTIC AND NEUROATYPICAL PARKS AND RECREATION. Because that show. THAT SHOW.

Autistic Leslie! Autistic Ben! Autistic Chris! Autistic Ron and April!

Okay, seriously, autistic Ben and Chris. I just really like their friendship, and I can imagine them just kind of bonding over never quite fitting in and trying really hard to—Chris still tries, Ben just isolated himself after the whole Boy Mayor thing. But they meet each other and they’re completely different and yet…they’re somehow kindred spirits. Chris has his health and fitness special interest and can happily infodump on vitamins and exercising for hours, and Ben has his pop culture special interest and they kind of make a pact that they can infodump to each other.

And Chris stims by exercising (can I just mention how Chris is in the corner doing pull-ups and listening to ocean sounds while Leslie and Ben are talking in a scene in Master Plan?) and is seriously rigid about rules and has meltdowns when things don’t go according to plan. And Ben knows he doesn’t move like other people but he doesn’t know why and he understands his work better than the people he’s trying to help through it and he goes nearly nonverbal when he gets really upset and and and


I wrote you a novel, sorry. This is my first headcanon, and I’m a little excited, and also sorely tempted to write fic for this.

(Also: Marius Pontmercy from Les Miserables being autistic is important and I’m OUT)

YESSSS no i love getting stuff like this don’t worry :D

April 7, 2014

current mood: ben wyatt is so obviously autistic that it is causing me emotional distress

April 3, 2014


I really want to tackle the “autism is a mental illness” post that a few of my followers have critically reblogged but I don’t know how to express that mental illness isn’t a negative thing and it’s not bad to be mentally ill, but Autism isn’t a mental illness? It’s not the same as depression and anxiety and a host of other disorders?

the problem with “autism is a mental illness” for me, as a mentally ill autistic person, is that my mental illnesses ARE negative and I DO want them cured, whereas I don’t want the same thing for my autism.

I think it’s important to distinguish that by no means are you trying to distance yourself from mentally ill people and there shouldn’t be stigma around HAVING a mental illness, but mental illness is generally regarded negatively by mentally ill people, whereas most autistic people see autism as an integral part of their identity.

At least that’s how I see it, I can’t speak for all mentally ill people obviously so if anyone disagrees feel free to correct me!

April 1, 2014


So let me get this straight

Bella has very poor coordination and motor skills, to the point of being a hazard to herself and the people around her

She doesn’t express emotions “properly” and has a poor time socialising or understanding social conventions

And she’s literally having a conversation about how maybe her brain works on a different frequency than everyone else’s

And you’re telling me she ISN’T autistic somehow?


this is part of the reason i hate how the anti-twilight crowd comes down so hard on bella rather than criticising edward (other than the general misogny of it) because there’s a lot of bella i can relate to

April 1, 2014


people who are big on asexual headcanons but mysteriously only ever headcanon disabled characters as asexual


and people who only criticise these headcanons because they’re harmful to ace people and not because they’re ableist

(Source: andromedalogic)