Ableism

able·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ noun A system of assigning value to people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in eugenicsEugenics is the scientifically inaccurate theory that humans can be improved through selective breeding of populations.Eugenics is an inaccurate theory linked to historicalContinue reading “Ableism”

Acceptance

AcceptanceAcceptance means training mental health service providers to look at autism and other disabilities as a part of a person’s identity, rather than a problem that needs to be fixed. Acceptance… means training mental health service providers to look at autism and other disabilities as a part of a person’s identity, rather than a problem that needsContinue reading “Acceptance”

Access Intimacy

Access intimacyAccess intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a… is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabledThe label “disabled”Continue reading “Access Intimacy”

Accommodation

AccommodationAccommodation is fundamentally about not changing the person but changing the environment around the person.Normal Sucks: Author Jonathan Mooney on How Schools Fail Kids with Learning Differences Yet on a programmatic… is fundamentally about not changing the person but changing the environment around the person. Normal Sucks: Author Jonathan Mooney on How Schools Fail Kids withContinue reading “Accommodation”

Addiction

 If addiction If addiction is like misguided love, then compassion is a far better approach than punishment.Can You Get Over an Addiction? – The New York Times In her book Unbroken Brain,… is like misguided love, then compassionCompassion Isn’t CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not.The point of compassion isn’t to soften badContinue reading “Addiction”

ADHD Tax

ADHD Tax The extra costs those with diagnosable inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or executive function challenges incur as a result of being inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, and/or struggling with executive function. Does the ADHD Tax Need to Be So High? At this point you might ask, “What the hell is the ADHD taxADHD TaxThe extra costs thoseContinue reading “ADHD Tax”

Advice Process

Almost all Teal organizations use, in one form or another, what an early practitioner (AES) called the “advice processAlmost all Teal organizations use, in one form or another, what an early practitioner (AES) called the “advice process.” It comes in many forms, but the essence is consistent: any….” It comes in many forms, but theContinue reading “Advice Process”

Alexithymia

Alexithymia (also called emotional blindnessAlexithymia (also called emotional blindness) is a condition where you have challenges identifying and describing emotions in the self. Essentially, alexithymia is a difference in emotion processing.The alexithymia & autism guide…) is a condition where you have challenges identifying and describing emotionsJustice, equality, fairness, mercy, longsuffering, Work, Passion, knowledge, and above all else,Continue reading “Alexithymia”

Alien

I believe all persons with AutismAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline.  If… need the opportunity to become friends with other AutisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without theContinue reading “Alien”

Allistic

The term ‘allistic’ is a synonym for ‘non-autistic’. The term ‘neurotypical’ is used to describe individuals with typical neurological development or functioning. Notably, this term is not an exact synonym of ‘non-autistic’; it is possible to be non-autistic but not neurotypicalThe existence of the word neurotypical makes it possible to have conversations about topics likeContinue reading “Allistic”