- Accepting Autism
Great essay by a mother about how & why she came to accept her young son's newly-diagnosed autism rather than trying frantically to "cure" it, and valuable advice to other struggling parents of autistic kids.
- Adam, The Autistic Self-Advocate
A mom describes & comments on the disturbing contents of old videos of her son's "early intervention" ABA therapy sessions; there's also a great conversation in the comments between autistic-accepting parents & at least one autistic that was put through ABA.
- Aggressive Autism Speaks crowd threatens Autistics with "don't cure us" signs
An autistic describes and shares news/personal videos of Autism Speaks supporters threatening autistics that were standing peacefully with "don't cure us" signs at a walk-for-a-cure event.
- Autism May Be Missed In Girls
BBC article covering the reality that autism is often overlooked in girls, and why.
- Autism Rates Not Rising
BBC article: contrary to the fears of an autism "epidemic", studies indicate the rates have remained steady and other factors are responsible for the spike in diagnoses.
- Five Easy Graphs: Why Autism Isn't An Epidemic
A series of well-explained graphs to help laypeople see the numbers behind why autistics are now diagnosed more often than in the past.
- Interview with Mom of Autistic: "It's A Great Blessing, To Give Hope."
An interview follows a mother's journey from frantically trying to 'cure' her autistic son to the relief of accepting him after getting "an insider's view" from adults on the spectrum.
Note: The mom's epiphany:
When asked 'what was the single biggest thing parents could have given you?' unanimously these adults said 'acceptance.' I remember Ralph said: "I've had to wear so many masks in my life because I didn't think anyone would like me for who I was." That's tragic. ... I'd rather [ ...moreeducate] people...than [expect] my son and others like him to be the ones who have to do all the changing.
- Study: Gaze Aversion Helps Pupils Think
Interesting article from the BBC covering research that shows students think better when they aren't making eye contact, something autistics have maintained for a long time.
- Unanswered Questions
A disabled reporter's commentary on the reality behind assisted suicide requests, examining one in particular.
- Why Disability Rights Activists Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide
An article by disability rights folk explaining their stance.
- The Joy of Autism
Article on the journey Estee Klar took from her son's infancy to allying with autistic self-advocates and what her son is like now as an eight-year-old.
- 2002 HHS fiscal report on long-term care
Fiscal Analysis section of a 2002 Health & Human Services report on long-term care. Outdated, but useful for quick citations re: spending on at-home vs. nursing home care.
- 2010 Calendar for SSI & Social Security Payments
Indicates when payments are made, which is very useful for someone wondering whether a certain day qualifies as a holiday (payment then made the previous work day).
- A Defense of Genocide: Ragged Edge
"It is important to understand the consequences of his ethical theories for people with disabilities, especially since he argues that our lives are not always worth protecting."
- A Ragged Edge Online
Huge site of categorized articles regarding disability & disability rights.
- Are Some Service Animals More Equal?
Commentary on the dichotomy in what access rights some people feel different kinds of service animals should have, and a proposal to the growing problem of people with some impairments not getting the assistance they need as a result.
- AS Parenting
An interesting blog by an autistic mother whose kid(s) are autistic, intended to help autistic parents understand themselves, non-autistic parents understand their kids, and bridge the gap between the two kinds of parents.
- Aspies For Freedom
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- Aspies For Freedom Forums
Forum primarily for people on the autistic spectrum that believe in the pride/acceptance/neurodiversity movements.
- Autism Acceptance Project Essays
Part of a huge project intended to fight the old stereotypes about what autistic people are like.
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