Raindrops Aren’t Racist

Poetry Of An Aspergian


aren’t racist

They don’t care if you’re


and hungry

or rich

and carefree

What does it matter

to them

if your nose is wide

or if you’re olive skinned

with straight, black hair

the rain is for all

to nourish all

to replenish all

that we call life

no politics, no rights

just love, earth

and a simple price to pay

the breath

that’s already been given

to enjoy it on this

and every day

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Euphemisms for Disability are Infantalizing


Labels Image Description: a hand places disability label cards onto illustrations of children. Still taken from this youtube video

I have written about the importance of language as it relates to disability before. To oppose the idea that clear language should be avoided in favour of what can best be described as pretending difference doesn’t exist to opposing the replacement of clear language with euphemisms.

Euphemisms are rampant in disability discourse. There is this misguided idea that disability must be softened and made palatable.

This comes from general assumptions that the word disabled is negative and shouldn’t be used to describe people and from watching words that relate to disability be adopted by society as insults.

The best example of this can be seen in the evolution of language around intellectual disability. In the early, to mid-20th-century people began to realize that language utilized to describe intellectual disability had been…

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Getting more autistic

yarn and pencil

A number of times in the last couple of years I have said to Lovely Husband that I am getting more autistic. I think it is to do with the menopause. The article I have copied and pasted below deals with this. It doesn’t answer all my questions but I’ve found it very helpful and I’m thankful to another blogger for directing me there.

To be clear, I am not the author of the following article. I searched the website for a contact so that I could seek permission to publish it but could find none. It seems the website was last updated in 2011.

Accessed from https://web.archive.org/web/20110315102625/http://www.autistics.org/library/more-autistic.html on 11/11/2017 Author: A.M. Baggs, 2004.

“Help! I Seem to be Getting More Autistic!”

What’s this about?

Every so often, someone says, with perplexity, “I seem to be getting more autistic. I don’t know why, and I know that doesn’t sound possible…

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#Autistic joy – it’s a thing. And we should have more of it.

I CAN Be Autistic

agora theatre wall Agora Theatre Wall – isn’t it lovely?

This morning, during my morning exercise bike ride, I read a piece by John Elder Robison about My Life With Asperger’s

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research – getting value for our money

How to get tangible benefit from the millions we spend on autism science

The US government is the world’s biggest funder of autism research.  For the past decade I have had the honor of advising various agencies and committees on how that money should be spent.  Sometimes I’ve been pleased at our government’s choices.  Other times I’ve been disappointed.  Every now and then I turn to reflect:  What have we gotten for our investment?

Autistic people and parents agree on this:  The hundreds of millions we’ve spent on autism research every year has provided precious little benefit to families and individuals living with autism today.  Over the past decade the expenditures…

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So… I Think I Might Have ADHD: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Diagnosis

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

Welcome back to Adulting With ADHD! Last time, we went over some myths and stereotypes surrounding ADHD. In the first installment of this series, we covered ADHD 101. Today’s post is aimed at anyone questioning whether or not they have ADHD.

So…Do I go see a doctor? What if I’m wrong? How do I know if I should talk to my doctor?

Ok. So you’ve read enough about ADHD to have a general idea of what ADHD is and now you’re starting to think that you might have ADHD. But, what do you do now? Do you head straight to a doctor? Do you have to see a doctor? How do you figure out what to do?

Self-Diagnosis vs. Professional Diagnosis

Something often talked about in mental health communities is the idea of self-diagnosis. As the name sounds, self-diagnosis is when a person does their own research and…

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Great Metal Albums of 1984: Black N Blue

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Back in 1984, I was still pretty much relying on commercial media to bring me news of new albums and bands. I have to admit that in the early part of the year, MTV was a reliable source although this would quickly change towards the end of 1984. However, as commercial media was becoming less reliable in heavy metal terms, word of mouth and scouring record stores’ stock proved to be a God send. It was through the former method as to how I discovered the debut album from Black’n Blue.

If you have never heard the album before, you might react with a “This sounds very 80s” comment. True, I can see that, there is a definite 80s metal vibe here but I didn’t care at all back then and I don’t care now. The lyrics are definitely so but again, they make the songs fun. Take the second…

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