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A call for authentic neurodiverse representation

Having neurotypical people represent neurodiverse roles feels belittling to me. It reduces something so complicated, so nuanced, so weird and beautiful, into a personality trait. Suggesting that autism is a definitive personality trait that anyone can portray, even if they aren’t autistic, isn’t authentic representation.
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Why I support: An essay collection

For most, our daily routine allows us to remain secure in a comfort zone with which we are well acquainted. For my brother Barclay, however, each day presents new and unseen challenges that place him in a constant state of vulnerability. Seemingly simple things such as getting lunch or going
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Vagaries of English phraseology: A personal essay

Journey of an autistic through grammarland

My introduction to the world of academics was rather late, since I learned to communicate via typing for the first time in my life only after I was a teenager. I was stuck in a silent, noncommunicative world of autism until then.   My first attempts at typing were, at
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The faces of autism

The Person Inside

We are developmentally all over the place in almost every aspect of our lives. So where do we fit in on this giant spectrum?
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O body, where art thou?

The Person Inside

By linking the neuroscience of autism with observations of my functioning, I am better able to understand my everyday challenges.
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Compulsion complexity

The Person Inside

Engaging in these behaviors brings about a mixture of emotions. On one level, they are strangely comforting. At the same time, these behaviors are highly annoying, irritating and exhausting.
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