Tag: 2022

  • Life Skills Lessons #1: The Air Mattress Oops | My Autistic Family Life

    By Eve Reiland Life Skills Lessons #1: The Air Mattress Oops Quite often we use an air mattress at our home for sleepovers. It’s a noisey situation that sends me to the opposite end of the house behind a closed door wearing my noise-cancelling headphones. Bill, my spouse, is the one that does the set-up […]

  • My Autistic Family Life: We’re Going To Just Keep Trying Until We Do

    My Autistic Family Life: We’re Going To Just Keep Trying Until We Do

    When my youngest Autistic son was in early days of elementary school he decided he wanted to learn how to catch a football. He and I worked all summer throwing that ball and him doing his best to catch it. Every single evening we worked together on his goal. He never became frustrated and he […]

  • Timeline: The Politics & Marketing Behind The Autism Epidemic

    Timeline: The Politics & Marketing Behind The Autism Epidemic

    A timeline that looks at the politics and marketing behind the ‘autism epidemic’ that created the booming autism market we know today. Included in the timeline are press releases, media interviews, newsletters, articles, videos, podcasts and more. The entries are color-coded to show their category whether politics, legislation, marketing, and so on. The autism community […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Parent-Founded Autism Epidemic | Part 1 of a Series

    The Parent-Founded Autism Epidemic | Part 1 of a Series

    The Parent-Founded Autism Epidemic  “Inventing And Then Cashing In On The Autism Epidemic” Series | Part 1 By Eve Reiland So how did parent-run organizations convince the world there was a looming autism epidemic? The idea of an epidemic most likely sources back to the 80s, but it really gained traction in the mid-90s thanks […]

  • 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 […]