Happy New Year from the Vennpete team (i.e., me, Pete, hello). Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. So, recently I wrote a piece about the autistic experience, and human connection more broadly, and I'm delighted to see it appear in The Selkie's 'Transformation' anthology. It's called 'Psychic Impressions', check it out here, … Continue reading Something Creative.
TW/CW: Suicide. I'm tired. Are you tired? If you're autistic you probably spend a lot of time being tired. It isn't surprising really. If you're anything like me, you likely spend a sizable proportion of your thinking time devoted to finding ways to 'measure up'. That is, 'meet the standards of personhood imposed on you … Continue reading Autism and….. ‘Perfectionism’.
Link to the article I'm re-blogging, below. My initial thoughts are: "Yeah, no shit!". What always surprises me though, is how studies such as this generally seek to explore the manifestation of mental health issues in the context of a genetic origin. That is not to say that understanding biological factors that underpin mental health … Continue reading Autism in adults often accompanied by depression — Spectrum | Autism Research News
Re-blogging Neurodivergent Rebel's great Vlog because: Vennpete: "So much this! If anything, I have an abundance of empathy. Funnily enough, what I’ve observed from my own experience, and the experience of other autistic folk, is that one of the biggest challenges faced by the community is a lack of empathy from non-autistic folk – obviously … Continue reading You Can’t Be Autistic Because. . . You Have Empathy — Neurodivergent Rebel
Hi all - it's been a while, how've ya been? I've been away in my Aspie-cave nursing some burnout and preparing some proverbial irons for the proverbial fire. Just wanted to share something that dropped into my inbox earlier - a talk and link to a new project being rolled out by Autistica and The … Continue reading Autistica: DARE
Our society places a high value on a person's ability to gain mastery over their emotions. Presumably this is a hangover from, among other things, the more puritanical strains of Christian doctrine and their coercive use to maintain hierarchies and control over people, and the maintenance of a 'civilised' and 'orderly' society; as well as, … Continue reading On Rage.
Just wanted to link to this great post by The Autistic Advocate. It's part of the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign and specifically discusses autism in the workplace. It draws on the insight of people with autism sharing their real-world experiences, and so is a useful barometer reading of where we're at. http://www.theautisticadvocate.com/2018/09/takethemaskoff-autism-at-work.html
When it comes to the discourse around autism and neurotypicality, it seems to me that we're exploring the notion of 'disability' in completely the wrong way. Like many, I subscribe to the social model of disability, which posits the idea that those individuals who have traits that differ from the societal 'norm' are not inherently … Continue reading We need to talk about Autistic Ableism.
I sometimes view people with disabilities, myself included, through the lens of the 'canary in the coal mine'. I don't mean that to be in any way depreciative. What I mean is that I view the levels of happiness, comfort, security, satisfaction and fulfilment of groups with needs that differ from the societal majority as … Continue reading Dissonance Now.