Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

In England, a basket on the porch becomes a purgatory for deliveries deemed perilous. In Spain, families don blue ribbons to silence the ‘balcony police,’ who jeer at passersby they think may be breaking the local ‘stay home’ advisory. In India, a child puts his fears into pictures, drawing a round blob with spikes in … Continue reading Autistic in a pandemic: Stories from around the world

Autism Being Stigmatized

With it being Mental Health Awareness Month nationally,  my day program for their weekly newsletter we were asked to give our opinion on the changes of stigma. While it has good and bad points, the autism community has its points also.

Preparing for Possible Isolation

This was adapted from a post on a Facebook group and includes my response to which I felt was necessary in a time of pandemic.Dustin I come from we Aspies (we little professors) were considered role models in our classrooms, and were quite scholarly, and also obedient at home, in school, in church and in … Continue reading Preparing for Possible Isolation

Measures of success for adults with autism need to mature

Listen to this story:https://webplayer.spokenlayer.net/0.1/webplayer.js Over the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have watched a group of toddlers suspected of having autism grow into adults. By working with these individuals for such a long time, we’ve been able to see how their skills and behaviors differ as children and how these individual differences change over … Continue reading Measures of success for adults with autism need to mature

The twenty-something free fall

Isaac Law spends most of his time on his computer, watching movies on Netflix, poring through Facebook posts or working on his latest project, a web comic called “Aimless” about two friends named Ike and Lexis who leave Earth to join a band of space pirates. Law is 24, but he neither has a job … Continue reading The twenty-something free fall

How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood

Listen to this story: https://webplayer.spokenlayer.net/0.1/webplayer.js   Listen to this story on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play, or with Alexa or Google Home. Ask for 'Spectrum Autism Research' For the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have run a social-skills group for children with autism, ages 5 to 18 years. Our program teaches the … Continue reading How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood

ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR AUTISM? — Autistically me

I know I’m going into a minefield, but I am not proud of my autism. Sometimes, I feel not good with this idea of no-proud-of-my-autism, but please understand what I mean: autism caused me a lot of troubles. I have a lot of difficult with the process of friendship, I have a sensory process disorder, […]ARE … Continue reading ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR AUTISM? — Autistically me

Yang And Sanders Use Maternal Mortality Stats To Talk About Race

Shefali Luthra and Victoria Knight In an exchange about racial inequality at December’s Democratic presidential primary debate, businessman Andrew Yang  highlighted jaw-droppingly different health outcomes between black and white women, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up that thread. “If you’re a black woman, you’re 320% more likely to die from complications in childbirth,” Yang … Continue reading Yang And Sanders Use Maternal Mortality Stats To Talk About Race

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals

Lori Basheda SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a new senior center in this northern San Diego County town, where he eats a hot lunch, plays cards and gets physical therapy to help restore the balance he lost … Continue reading Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals