Category: Advocates & Activists

  • Creating A Space Of Joy In The Midst Of Trauma And Establishing New Boundaries For Mental Health

    Creating A Space Of Joy In The Midst Of Trauma And Establishing New Boundaries For Mental Health

    [TW: PTSD, Abuse, Mental Illness, Trigger Month] There’s a reason Bill and I were married in October. It gave me something to look forward to and to celebrate. A joy to embrace going forward in the future. A happy space in the middle of traumatic memories to hug. October is an incredibly difficult month for […]

  • My Autistic Family Life | The Early Years: 2006 – 2009

    My Autistic Family Life | The Early Years: 2006 – 2009

    Below are links to journals, emails, and publications that I wrote between 2006 and 2009 on family life.  Subjects include: Parenting autistics, open adoption, widely-spaced siblings, troubles at school, autism diagnosis, IEP, depression, suicide ideation, becoming a brother (by Jared), autism acceptance, autism awareness, surprise pregnancy, antepartum, and more. Some of these entries were syndicated […]

  • My Autistic Family Life | The Early Years: 2003 – 2005

    My Autistic Family Life | The Early Years: 2003 – 2005

    Below are links to journals, emails, and publications that I wrote in 2005 on family life. Subjects include: Parenting autistics, secondary infertility, PCOS, open adoption, widely-spaced siblings, troubles at school, and more. It also include my first published piece in the “Adoptive Families” magazine. 2003 Secondary Infertility: A family affair  2005 Got The Most Amazing […]

  • Divergent & Autistic Voices | From Get Your Voice Heard At The IACC To Research That Harms Autistic People

    Divergent & Autistic Voices |  From Get Your Voice Heard At The IACC To Research That Harms Autistic People

    Autism Research and the IACC: Your voice matters! ASAN “It is more important than ever to make sure autism research reflects what matters to all of us. Make your voice heard by submitting a comment to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee before each meeting! Learn more about the IACC, and how to submit a comment, with our new resource!” […]

  • What Will Happen To My Autistic Children After I Die?

    What Will Happen To My Autistic Children After I Die?

    [TW: Death, ABA, trauma, autism cure, prevention, and more.] What will happen to my Autistic children, now adults, after I die? I’ll be 50 this year and still don’t have an answer that doesn’t include poverty, despair, abuse, homelessness and an early death. This question has haunted me for years because the answer isn’t a […]

  • Autism: A Real Epidemic Or Better Counting? | Part 2 Of A Series

    Autism: A Real Epidemic Or Better Counting? | Part 2 Of A Series

    [Content Warning: Autistic history is very triggering. Please take caution this piece includes ableism, stigma, eugenics, homophobia, abuse, and more.] Autism: A Real Epidemic Or Better Counting? INVENTING AND THEN CASHING IN ON THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC SERIES | PART 2 By Eve Reiland Hollywood magic and celebrities for awareness were instrumental in bringing attention to […]

  • Inventing And Then Cashing In On The Autism Epidemic

    Inventing And Then Cashing In On The Autism Epidemic

    An Introduction … By Eve Reiland Remember the Autism Epidemic predicted in the late 90s? Autism was touted as a public health crisis by non-Autistic founders of autism organizations and parent advocates. Autism wasn’t a commonly-known diagnosis in that era, and most folk’s experience with autism was from watching the 1988 movie “Rain Man” starring Dustin […]