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
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.
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.
"If you've met a person with autism, then you've met a person with autism." - Dr Stephen Shore. Dr. Shore is absolutely right. No two people with autism are exactly alike. When it comes to employing people with autism, herein lies the greatest (perceived) challenge and the greatest opportunity. As I mentioned in my article … Continue reading Employing Neurodiversity
"Survival of the fittest." This is the law that governs all life on earth. Species that do not have the ability to adapt to environmental changes eventually become extinct. Those who can adapt survive. We have come to understand life through this lens by recognising naturally occurring hierarchies, such as the 'food chain', and indeed … Continue reading Social Darwinism in the workplace
So, last night I watched a great video chat between Kate from the I Am My Own Experience blog and Kieran from The Autistic Advocate blog, about autism, masking and burnout. So I wanted to explore some thoughts around the #TakeTheMaskOff campaign. I think most autistic people would agree that the ability to 'mask' their … Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff at work