Healing Social Environments

December 17, 2014
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Your Laundry is Killing Me

Imagine waking up in the semi-darkness of dawn with the sudden awareness that there are toxins seeping in the bedroom window you left open to gain fresh air. Toxins that immediately begin to cause pain, to drop your level of ability to think, to lower your reaction times, and even […]
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
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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 […]
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 […]
August 18, 2014

Unethical Autism Treatments?

Because many parents of children with ASDs want the best for their children, and because there is so much controversy and in-fighting around what autism is (very common, when old models are no longer able to explain – or dismiss – the accumulation of new observations), this is a situation […]
April 26, 2014

Do you want autistics to pay their way?

Does right livelihood hold any interest for you?  I mean, helping people to find work that they are uniquely suited to, and enjoy? This is of keen interest for the adult autistics I’ve met.  Because our sensory sensitivity means that unpleasant or toxic work environments are more damaging and stressful, […]