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Here are some of the best essays on this site:
is the first essay I wanted to write for this place and I’ve finally gotten it out. This is the thing to send people who are questioning.
is a translation of the DSM’s autism diagnostic criteria into relatable human language. It turns out that gatekeeping diagnosis based on the behavior of traumatized white male Autistic children is maybe not the ideal way to handle autism in the general population. Read to get a more nuanced, relatable framing of what autism really is.
is my attempt to capture the complexities in play when discussing autism in a journalistic or educational context. I’ve received extensive feedback that this is the best piece on autism that many people have ever read, including folks who have been working in this space for years. If you read nothing else on this site, please take a look at this piece.
may be old news for some of you, but a lot of neurodivergent people have divergent emotional experiences and we struggle with alexithymia (difficulty naming our own emotions), and so don’t really learn how to process them. This is the guide I wish I’d had as a kid to teach me what to do with my feelings.
is a guide to interviewing, hiring and managing Autistic people for your place of work. There is a long section with examples of accommodations across a variety of domains — you’ll learn things like how to accommodate sensory differences or social challenges. It also makes it a point to distinguish between accommodations that may help Autistic people survive and those that would enable us to thrive. I have forwarded this to our own recruiting team who gave me positive feedback.
is a guest essay that captures eloquently an idea that I’ve been trying to name for a long time. Erika makes the case that the term “queer”, understood in its big-tent sense as “non-normative”, has always already included Autistic and other neurodivergent people.
blew my mind when Courtney first submitted it because I was expecting an essay making the same set of points that we all know so well. Instead she delivered a beautiful prose poem that deconstructs the very idea that medical diagnosis could possibly be more appropriate for Autistic people than self-diagnosis. Autism is closer to homosexuality than it is to an illness, and like homosexuality it needs to be rescued from the pages of the DSM.

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