Category: Divergent News

  • 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 […]

  • Autistic Voices | From Adult Misdiagnosis To Ban Seclusion in New Jersey Schools

    Autistic Voices | From Adult Misdiagnosis To Ban Seclusion in New Jersey Schools

    ADULT MISDIAGNOSIS: THE DEFAULT PATH TO AN AUTISTIC IDENTITY By Autistic Science Person, TPGA I was lucky. This story isn’t about me. But it really could have been. I found out I was autistic before ever being misdiagnosed with anything. It’s time to ban seclusion in New Jersey schools New Jersey is considering new legislation after […]

  • 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!” […]

  • Netflix Series: Heartbreak High | A Collection of News & Reviews

    Netflix Series: Heartbreak High | A Collection of News & Reviews

    Check out “Heartbreak High” on Netflix >> Heartbreak High had me in happy tears the other night. Incredible representation of being Autistic and played by an Autistic actor, Chloe Hayden. The interactions, the responses, the sensory exposure, the impending meltdown, pushing back against stigma, the retort* (ty Sia) … and just all of it … […]

  • 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 […]