Democrats push to update school immunization schedule over objections from antivaxxers, GOP – Virginia Mercury

A legislative proposal to conform the state’s immunization requirements to federal guidelines is advancing over outspoken opposition from a contingent of Republican lawmakers and anti-vaccine parents. The schedule of vaccines children must be given to attend school in Virginia hasn’t been updated since 2008 and, over the past decade, GOP lawmakers have blocked periodic efforts …

Oprah’s best and worst health advice: vaccines, meditation, diet – Insider | W/Note Added From Eve Reiland

Note: Does Oprah have ANY understanding of what her shows with Jenny McCarthy, Katie Wright and every other parent of Autistics that pushed the tragedy narrative and biomedical treatments for 'healing and recovering' your Autistic child did to Autistic people? Does she know how she's contributed to the harm of Autistic children around the world …

Dear Me: A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self | Life 2.0


Dear Me,

First, you’re not stupid. You’re going to be one of the most brilliant people you ever meet. Right now, most folks don’t understand how you think because you’re more abstract to their concrete. Don’t fret, in your 20s you’re going to learn about this thing called the internet and code, launch websites, and participate in the technological wave that changes society. You’re going to find your niche, culture and place.

You’re also going to lose it all to something called PTSD. Still, don’t fret. You’ll get it back again and have a far better understanding of humanity, the world and what life should really mean. It’s a tough road, but worthy of walking. With a brain like yours, though, you have to pause and assess, is it a trail you’re blazing or are you running away again? 

Here’s how you know: If you look back and see loved ones on the way up, you’re creating the right path. Those folks, even when you feel desperately alone, have got your back. Wait for them. If you see dust and crickets, go back and try again. Always go back and try again. 

Eve Hinson

P.S. You’re a lesbian.

(Note: pansexual actually, but that’s not really understood yet in my community)


The Ghost Beneath Me

Note: This piece ran as a Valley Voices article in The Fresno Bee in 2015


Dear Me,

First, you’re not stupid. You’re going to be one of the most brilliant people you ever meet. Right now, most folks don’t understand how you think because you’re more abstract to their concrete. Don’t fret, in your 20s you’re going to learn about this thing called the internet and code, launch websites, and participate in the technological wave that changes society. You’re going to find your niche, culture and place.

You’re also going to lose it all to something called PTSD. Still, don’t fret. You’ll get it back again and have a far better understanding of humanity, the world and what life should really mean. It’s a tough road, but worthy of walking. With a brain like yours, though, you have to pause and assess, is it a trail you’re blazing or are…

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I’m Not a “Picky Eater,” I’m a Sensory Eater. – In the Loop About Neurodiversity

Parents with autistic children often say that they are “picky eaters,” and I was one of those children who was deemed as such. However, autistic people with sensory sensitivities or aversions to tastes and textures are not picky eaters, they are sensory eaters. They might be “picky” in the sense that they may have a …

A New Decade of Autism Appreciation – In the Loop About Neurodiversity

Image description: A neurodiversity flag that Autistics 4 Autistics Ontario (A4A) raised in April, 2019 at Toronto City Hall. Photo credit: Anne L from London Autistics Standing Together (LAST) As 2020 approaches, it is almost the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. It has been over twenty years since the …