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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Eye Contact: For The Recipient’s Validation Only

Autism news and resources: from autistic people, professionals, and parents   Imagine if you will a quiet world, well ordered as long as everything has its place. Imagine a warmth, cozy and comfortingly familiar. Your own warmth, just your own. Now imagine headlights, bright and intrusive as in a winters night, burning and intense. They […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Why I Hate ABA: A Personal Opinion

ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) as a discipline, requires autistic children to appear as if they are typical children. It doesn’t matter how kind and well meaning the teacher, whether they are autistic or not, a loving parent or not—the outcome is that the “successful” autistic child ceases the behaviour that defines them as autistic. They […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: How to Be The Teacher Our Autistic Students Need

I am a special education teacher who happens to have an autistic teen and a recent autism diagnosis of my own. I’ve sat on multiple sides of the table; I’ve seen a lot. And we’ve all seen the headlines where professionals have demeaned or abused students in their care. We all think, “I’m not like […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Artistic Collaboration Across Neurotypes: Autistic Artist Sonia Boué on the NUNO Project

Earlier this year, fourteen artists (with funding from Arts Council England) presented a unique exhibition called Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO). “Unique” in that the event featured an intricately-designed collaboration between autistic and non-autistic creatives. The project recently released a short film providing an overview of both the exhibition and the artists involved. To learn more, I recently communicated […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autism And The Gut Microbiome: An Interview With Dr. Ruth Ann Luna

Our editors Carol Greenburg and Shannon Rosa spoke with Dr. Ruth Ann Luna about her research on autistic kids and their incredibly diverse gut microbiomes during INSAR 2019, How her research is not about “special diets for autism,” how GI issues are co-occurring conditions and not a core trait of autism, how there’s no one universal single bacteria that […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Countering Neurodiversity Misinformation on KPCC’s Air Talk

Shannon Des Roches Rosa @shannonrosa I was recently invited to be a guest on National Public Radio affiliate KPCC’s AirTalk, to provide a contrasting perspective to science writer Moheb Constandi’s Aeon article Against Neurodiversity. What follows is the transcript of our conversation, which was only 23 minutes long and in which I suspect neither of us covered all […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Things Left Unsaid: “I Am Autism” 10 Years Later

It doesn’t take long for a hurtful word or comment to make its way across the globe. The media eagerly reports on officials’ latest xenophobic remarks within minutes. Protesters will gather and complain for a corporation to sever ties with a controversial program or person. But this outrage somehow doesn’t happen with organizations that are […]