Ann’s Autism Blog: Autistic People. So, new Research. Different social skills, not broken ones.

For decades, autistic people have been told that our way of socialising and co-operating is a broken version of the 'real thing', Many autistic people have been put through endless coercive techniques to correct this alleged set of problems.  Children have been put through year after year of exhausting therapies to make them co-operate and …

Before You Start Grieving for Your Autistic Child… – Not an Autism Mom

Three years ago, I was the parent of a newly diagnosed autistic child. When the doctor first gave me his diagnosis, so many thoughts and emotions ran through my mind, through my heart, throughout my entire body. I was too busy and overwhelmed at the time to put my finger on exactly what those feelings were. His …

Halloween Stigmatizing Mental Illnesses: An Annual Embarrassment That Should Stop – Pete Earley

(FROM MY FILES FRIDAY) With Halloween approaching, I thought it appropriate to revisit a 2015 fight that mental health groups waged about an especially insensitive Modern Family episode. A year earlier, I’d called attention to the episode only to catch ABC airing it again. After publishing this blog, I reached out to former Sen. Gordon SmithClick …