Rev. Jesse Jackson, 76, Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease — TIME

(CHICAGO) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy. In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights leader said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago. He… via …

Meme | Autists Are Ultimate Square Pegs

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154990098332823&set=a.118711392822.102237.546742822&type=3&theater 1 Comment Comments Robert Gehrman Actually I found it floating around, complained and then modified it in photoshop, removing a puzzle piece ribbon, adding the stuff in bottom left corner, and changed the remaining ribbon from saying "awareness" to "acceptance"... But you're quite welcome :)Spread it like the plague if you wish, to drown out the …

Lil Peep Died From Suspected Xanax Overdose, Police Say

It appears emerging rapper Lil Peep died of a suspected overdose of Xanax, a spokesperson for the Tucson, Arizona Police Department tells ET. The spokesperson tells ET that the late rapper's manager became concerned about Lil Peep's whereabouts on Wednesday night when the group he was with had not seen him in a while. The …

The Super Wealthy Oxycontin Family Supports School Privatization With Tactics Similar to Those That Fueled the Opioid Epidemic | Alternet

The notoriously secretive Sackler family, also known as the OxyContin Clan, has been the subject of much scrutiny of late, including lengthy exposés in the New Yorker and Esquireshining a harsh light on the connection between the drug that made the Sacklers wealthy and their philanthropic giving. But there is another troubling beneficiary of Sackler largesse that has escaped public …

Divergence and Diversity

Eclectic Autistic

There are two terms I sometimes see people get mixed up when talking about autistic (or otherwise non-neurotypical) people. Those terms are neurodivergent and neurodiverse (used as adjectives), or neurodivergence and neurodiversity (used as nouns). Others have explained the differences before, of course, but I wanted to walk through my own thinking on the matter.

Neurodivergent is used to describe an individual (or homogeneous group) whose neurotype diverges from what is considered typical. There are several ways in which to be neurodivergent: one might be autistic, ADHD, or dyslexic, to give just a few examples. Neurodiverse would then describe a group of people with a diversity of neurotypes represented.

So an individual would not be considered neurodiverse — she would be neurodivergent, and possibly part of a neurodiverse group. But if a group consists solely of individuals with the same type of neurodivergence, it wouldn’t properly be called neurodiverse. A…

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Real Thanksgiving Talk

Cambria's Big Fat Autistic Blog

I’m talking mostly to the American folks, who celebrate Thanksgiving, but you can apply these tricks to any holiday you’re celebrating. Now, admittedly the Halloween talk came a bit late, but I’ve decided to get a jump on the Thanksgiving Attack Plan. And if you’re smart, thanksgiving prep for an autistic person begins November 1. In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the day after Halloween. Maybe if we get some jump on the real autism talk, or my flavor if we get truly real about it, here’s a few tips to consider when getting into Thanksgiving prep with an autistic person: 

  1. Have regular meals at thetable. This can be done year-round, and if you do this, your child will know what to expect sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal. 
  2. Accept the child’s autism. This will get a lot easier if you accept that the kid is…

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