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Autism seems to be a specific response to being an outlier.
Autism is poorly understood, even today. Some autistic people are highly sensitive to certain senses — some barely register sensory input. Some autistic people struggle to use language to express themselves, others have mastered communication as a special interest and powerful tool. Some autistic people can hold down jobs and participate in society, others are unable to reconcile their needs with the social environment.
Every autistic trait you can identify will come with a whole slew of autistic people telling you “Actually, I have the opposite of that trait.” And that’s normal.
That’s because, I suspect, Autism is a complex neurological reaction to having various neurological traits in either significantly higher or lower proportion than neurotypical people. There is no one “Autistic’ neurotype — Autism seems to be what happens when your neurotype is sufficiently different that it gives rise to difficulty communicating due to a missing shared context. That’s why it’s perhaps better understood as an umbrella term, and why people squabble so much over who is or is not “really” autistic.
I’m a speaking software engineer who makes a good salary, is married and has bent the English language more or less to his will. Of COURSE I’m nothing like your 6 year old autistic nephew. But when I was 6 we probably had a lot in common.
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An essay I wrote that talks about the ways that neurodivergent life can be actively traumatizing for neurodivergent people. This essay is specifically come from an autistic/adhd experience.
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An essay I wrote that discusses pattern matching and the way autistic brains seem to process/consume information.
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Tera runs a website that hosts content for and by autistic people. This is a great place for authentic #ownvoices autistic content, and Tera makes sure to foster a diverse set of voices from within the autistic community.
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I created this site as a place to house some of my writing about neurodiversity, and it grew into one of the more wholesome online communities I belong to. Currently at about 14k active users this is a great place to ask questions and clarify your thinking.
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This was my attempt to “translate” the DSM-IV’s definition of autism into relatable human terms. If you read the diagnosis criteria and thought “That doesn’t sound like me” then you’re not alone, anybody would have a hard time relating to something written as a purely behavioralist description of a purely subjective experience.
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This is a fun little exercise: scroll through this twitter thread of autistic moods and see how many you relate to.
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This addresses questions about why some people think adhd and autism are part of the same spectrum and why some people disagree.
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TAI is a weekly newsletter focused on the autistic community. Read online or subscribe to have it sent by email each week. Our motto: “More than enough news by, for, and about Autistic people.”
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New York City locally-focused resource lists (including peer-led groups, professional-led groups, and professional services) and essays about the autistic adult community (worldwide, Anglosphere at least) and its needed future development.
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We are center that does research, education, advocacy & outreach, and clinical work.
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Information on someone who is interested in the intersection of law and neurodiversity
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Late in life diagnosed autistic artists talk about their life experiences as autistic. The conversations are healing and affirming for many listeners.
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It’s not perfect, but it’s an introduction to neurodiversity in a professional context.
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Yours truly — Twitter is a great place to find me, I’m active here every day.
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Pete’s a former teacher and writes with informed empathy about the intersection of autism and school.
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Ann is an actually autistic researcher and frequently posts excellent deconstructions of the latest crap in the field of autism research.
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Writer with multiple neurodivergent dx, also trans/nonbinary, queer, and multiply disabled in other ways. Talking about the intersections of these realities and how they all connect and crash.
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Their work is advocating for neurodivergent people. They are autistic and queer.
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Strong, authentic voice, very real about both autism and abuse/trauma
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Positive behavior intervention for ND, trauma and disability. Content for individuals and caregivers of individuals.
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Artist, biologist and autistic woman
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His pinned "You might be Autistic, if…" thread is what led to my self-diagnosis (not gonna debate that with anyone, ever), and eventual clinical Autism diagnosis.
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"Neurotypicality Research Institute" (formerly "Save The Neurotypicals!") is a satirical account, whose Autistic author uses to flip ableist language about us and turn it on the Neurotypicals. It's witty to hilarious.
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Dr Chloe is an Autistic researcher of neuro-divergence in the UK. Her feed is often hard science. I can't do it justice, check her out, see if it's your thing!
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Looking for an intersectional perspective? Riah has you covered! ADHD + Autism + Feminism + Disability Advocacy + Anti-Racism.
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Another intersectional perspective, from Kayla Smith. She is where I first learned about how much Autism & ADHD increases our chances of experiencing violence from police. Our facial expressions are apparently what they're taught as suspicious?
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Another Autistic researcher of ND things! Lots of science about stress & autism.
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Queer Autistic artist
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Steve is an Autistic author & advocate, and often apologetic Floridian. Great feed for advocacy content.
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I tweet and write about being neurodivergent from a science writer’s perspective
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You may have seen Marina Amaral's books. She kinda famous for 2 books she co-wrote with historian Dan Jones, where Amina painstakingly colorized black and white photos, and Dan wrote the back story of the photos. Lots of photos, but also some Autistic & ND activism.
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I think I’m pretty great and have interesting thoughts and infodumps. More seriously, I am a late diagnosed AuDHDer who is trained as an ADHD coach. I Tweet a lot about my experiences and realizations. It’s not an option in the neurotypes, but I’m also dyspraxic. Sometimes I talk about being a dyspraxic aerialist and how I do movement things I like while being clinically uncoordinated.
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I’m not sure that I am - I work on government code, engineering, and talk a lot about my ADHD and how i’ve succeeded in spite of it - and because of it.
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This person speaks about autism, neurodiversity, disability studies, marxism and anticapitalism
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Introspective Ranting - Resource Sharing - Science Discussions
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He runs The Life Autistic YouTube channel, where he makes engaging videos about his life as an autistic person, professional and father. His videos have humor and heart, and make people feel less alone.
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Big-picture thinking about autism and society, also really helpful nutritional tips.
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They write about Neurodiversity from a scientific standpoint as well as from personal experience
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Really insightful about adhd autism ocd
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Neurodivergent woman in tech designing access rider building tool to promote access and inclusion for neurokin in screen and media sector.
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Neurodivergent artist, poet and parent
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they are a great writer writing about life at the intersections of different neurodivergences. they are very funny sometimes, but also seem to be very kind and generous
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Editor of The Autistic Infodump @autistic_info. Late-dx Autistic, ADHD, queer, compunerd. Tweets are eclectic but plenty of ND content. Sorry about the puns.
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They have good content on Neurodivergent and Queer topics. Also posts funny content occasionally.
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Rin is an open source software contributor and Technical Community Builder who is multiply neurodivergent. Is an advocate for increasing equity, and accessibility for neurodivergent individuals in tech.
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Autistic late-diagnosed person with a neuroscience background who is a writer, speaker, and consultant and has multiple disabilities
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My neurodivergent journey is just beginning.
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I advocate as part of the autistic community and occasionally write on autistic topics for my own and other sites.
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founder, various autistic peer-led groups in New York City (now meeting via text-based chat, hopefully eventually in-person) including Autistic Peer Leadership Group
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I’m the mostly speaking autistic mother of a partially speaking autistic teen. I’m also one of the editors of thinkingautismguide (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism), and a non-attorney advocate for disabled children’s education.
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