Jackie McMillan

December 13, 2014

Developing Immunity to Tetanus

I’ve been alert for tetanus research since my late-October fall opened up an eyebrow. One of the first questions health professionals always ask, if you’ve a cut of any kind, is whether your tetanus shots are up to date. I’m not squeamish, and have had lots of needles over time. […]
December 10, 2014
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How Do You Tell Someone About Their Autism?

These responses are from an interview about how I discovered I was autistic.  I wrote the answers down for you, because I think this interview touches on something raw for us.  Is autism a disability?  Is it a label that will damage people’s chances?  Certainly, I know adults who have […]
December 10, 2014
It's About Time: Woman pointing at a clock

Autism Research Discriminates Against Women

Autistic Women’s Rights Challenge: Please ask your national, provincial, territorial, or state autism organization to include the voices of autistic women who have NOT been able to access an ASD diagnosis.  Request that they add a women’s diagnostic questionnaire to their current survey of adult needs. It is often well-nigh […]
December 6, 2014
Jackie sitting up in a hospital bed getting a full-leg cast removed.

When to Believe an Autism Specialist

I had just turned 23 when an orthopedic specialist told me I’d never walk right again.  I’d been an above-average tree planter, occasionally putting in the highest number of trees per day.  And I’d done it for years, to pay for my university education.  But then my knees started to […]
November 14, 2014

New Brain Injury Helps Old Ones Heal?

Warning:  Long Post! I’m in the middle of a bit of an adventure.  Just over three weeks ago, I had a fall while getting out of a tub, and peeled off half my left eyebrow.  Yes, ouch.  My husband Bill was particularly not impressed by all the blood. Having been […]
October 20, 2014

Work Challenges for Autistics

Autistics have some real advantages over the rest of the population when it comes to things like pattern recognition, and problem-solving.  However, we have real difficulty entering the job market, sustaining our employment, or creating our own work as entrepreneurs. Last week, a fellow from a local technical-business incubator spoke […]
October 8, 2014

What Does Feminine Mean, When You’re Autistic?

Having grown up here in North America, I’ve never felt particularly feminine.  In our culture, it means you’re supposed to: like pink (nothing against it, but it’s not my colour) speak cryptically (so the powerful males don’t shut you down) engage in mystifying, toxic and painful practices to “look right” […]
October 7, 2014

Answers to Educators 30 Top Questions

Wow, after a lot of hoop-jumping, I’ve been able to take some of my written resource material… …Previously only available to the staff of school boards and other educational and early childhood institutions which hosted my trainings for Professional Development days, ….And create an eBook (and if you ask for […]
September 10, 2014

Cabbage Rejuvelac? Why Bother?

If you’re living with autism, you’re most likely living with gut dysbiosis (the wrong creatures in the gut, manufacturing toxins that impair emotional balance, mental functioning, and physical strength, ability, and immune capacity). There are a growing number of ways to deal with this. You can take expensive probiotic pills […]