To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines |

When Judith Newman shared the story of how Apple’s electronic personal assistant, Siri, helped Gus, her son who has autism, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, Judith revealed how they can give voice to others, …

wake. bake. caffeinate. | Digging deep into A$ origins, Cure Autism Now, and Hollywood’s participation in launching the search for the “cure” wake. bake. caffeinate. | Digging deep into A$ origins, Cure Autism Now, and Hollywood's participation in launching the search for the "cure" and future eradication of Autistics. #TheGreatAutisticSilence #autisticsilencers following the money and da power. How about you pin this shit? All of you who wore blue puzzle pieces unknowingly, I imagine, supporting eugenics and the …

Hello Mummy – a (fictitious) conversation from the future | Luke Beardon: Perspectives on Autism

Girl: Hello Mummy. Mother: Hello Darling. Girl: Mummy, I want to ask you some questions. Mother: Ok – fire away! [Pause] [Pause] Girl: Fire away? Mother: Sorry Darling, silly Mummy. I meant please do ask your questions. Girl: Oh. So why did you say “fire away” then? Mother: It’s my fault, I sometimes forget that …

Tony Robert’s Interview

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

This is another addition to my series of “feature interviews” of my fellow bloggers in the mental illness community. You can find the entire series here.

Tony Robert’s Interview Feature

The journey.

It can be the best and the worst of times when dealing with a mental illness. In this life, we often don’t get to see the long-term effects of a diagnosis of Bipolar One. The stigma of the label “mental illness” hasn’t always been good, but the more we voice our stories, the better. The battles with depression waged over a long period of time can take its toll. Since starting to write The Bipolar Writer blog, I have seen stories that reflect short small samples of time living with a mental illness.

Tony Roberts of Columbus, Indiana, gives us a glimpse of the long-term effects of a diagnosis. It was in 1995 when Tony received his…

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Let’s have some fun! #Autism and #Menopause :)

Autistic Ultra

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Okay, I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking: Autism and Menopause! Where’s the fun in that?!

But bear with me… If you’re a geeky-nerdy type like me, learning all about the inner workings of one of the most misunderstood situations on the planet and figuring out how to work effectively with it to make your life that much better is an appealing prospect.

The thing is, you’re not alone.

Every seven seconds, one of America’s 76 million baby boomers turns 50.

Every day, about 5,000 American women enter menopause.

Until 2020, approximately 2 million women will reach menopause each year. Half of all post-menopausal women will be in Asia.

That’s a lot of us — and since I’m a woman, and I’ve gone through menopause myself (10 years “ahead of schedule”, thank heavens!)…

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