Submit for Autistic History Month 2017!

Our Autistic History (Month)

Celebrating a rich Autistic culture and history that deserves to be told

Submissions for Autistic History Month are open until Nov. 29!

AutisticHistoryMonth2017 [Begin image description: The entire image has a faded, sepia overlay. On a papery-looking background, there is an opened book, the text “Autistic History Month 2017,” and a painting depicting neurodiversity. At the bottom of the image, there are three circle shapes, connected by dots, with the text “history, community, culture” in them.  End image description.] Aspects of Autistic history can include the history of autistic culture, community, activism, and self-advocacy. They can be family or personal autism histories. We also are looking for oral histories and interviews with long-time activists.

Submissions can be of a variety of types, including:

  • art,
  • photography,
  • poetry,
  • oral histories,
  • interviews,
  • prose,
  • or a combination of the above.

For examples of submissions, please see previous years’ events:

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Accessing support as a disabled student 

Paula Sanchez

Today I had my needs assessment for Disabled Students Allowance. It’s 12 years since I first wondered if I might be autistic, a little over 2 years since an initial assessment indicated that I was autistic, and a year since this was confirmed by a full clinical assessment and diagnosis. I should have had plenty of time to think about what this means, but every now and then something happens which reminds me why I needed a formal diagnosis and why recognising myself as autistic and disabled, and being recognised as such by others, is important. Not just important to me, but also important to others with ‘hidden’ disabilities, including far too many children in schools whose needs are going unmet because they don’t ‘look disabled’.

All through my son’s primary school years, and it’s a similar story for many parents, his need for support was a constant battle, with…

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REVIEW | George by Alex Gino


george alex gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part. . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.


Okay, this received a rarity: a five star rating. All reviewers know just how difficult reviewing a book that you adored can be so I’ll try my hardest to make at least a little bit of sense.


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What journalists should know about opinion polls: A free, 50-minute webinar

Journalist's Resource Research on today's news topics Opinion Polls: What Journalists Should Know A free webinar  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00-12:50 pm Journalists of all beats write about opinion polls -- from pre-election polls for high-profile political races to local polls asking residents how they feel about property-tax changes. Join Journalist’s Resource for a webinar … Continue reading What journalists should know about opinion polls: A free, 50-minute webinar

Inside California’s Scramble Toward Legal Weed – Rolling Stone

Full marijuana legalization goes into effect in January – but will California be ready? When Alex Zafrin and Rekka Nicholson decided to make marijuana-infused ice cream, they started off small. They bought a small, $30-something ice cream maker and began experimenting with processes and flavors at home. While they'd eventually make flavors like Coffee Pot, Vanilla … Continue reading Inside California’s Scramble Toward Legal Weed – Rolling Stone