- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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The blog of Amanda Baggs, a 'classic' autistic woman that communicates with a portable keyboard, and has been interviewed repeatedly on CNN.
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- Dr. Laurent Mottron's Lab, University of Montreal
Primarily in French, but includes links to some articles in English. Unbiased research into how autistic brains develop & work including identifying their strengths, rather than approaching all differences as deficiencies.
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- Dr. Morton Gernsbacher's Lab - Autism Research
Researcher's page at the University of Wisconsin, Madison tackling common assumptions about autistic people and their needs.
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- Estée Klar's published articles & essays
Set of material by the mother of a 'classic' autistic boy, who long ago decided to accept her son rather than attempt to 'cure' him.
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- How can we reach autistic youth taught to hate themselves?
Since their minds don't stop being autistic even if they learn to hide it, a whole generation has come to hate everything about themselves. How can older self-accepting autistics show them they're worth anything?
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- New York Times: Autistics Plead Against 'Curing' Them
Interesting article from the NYT from a few years back, covering the autistic acceptance movement.
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- No Autistics Allowed - Michelle Dawson's Website
Essay-filled home of autistic researcher Michelle Dawson, well-known for tackling the ethical problems of various autism 'treatments'.
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- Posts by Dora Raymaker | Autism.change.org
Posts by Dora Raymaker, excellent autistic advocate/activist. The blog is no longer updated, but her posts are a treasure trove of information and insight that acts as a great resource.
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- Reasons to laugh at (or rather, with) my autistic son
An interesting article by a father about why he is happy he has an autistic son in his life.
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- Sad, Sad [Autistics] aka NT-Eyes Syndrome
Great article about autistics viewing themselves with the eyes of the NTs that attacked them for being different, and thus blaming who/what they are for being abused rather than blaming the abusers.
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- Teen autistic advocate uses her experience to give hope
About an autistic teen whose parents adapted to how her mind works & was designed to develop, focusing on truly important social things like keeping her face clean rather than forcing conformity -- and who now is not only well-liked & excelling academically, but is a devoted autistic advocate getting the word out through appearances and online videos.
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- The Autism Acceptance Project
Promotes acceptance and empowerment of autistics & parents, by showing the positive in autism that's overlooked/buried by the melodramatic curebie hatefest that dominates the media. TAAP also seeks scientific & ethical answers to the question "what kinds of help do autistics need in order to succeed & contribute to society as autistic people?"
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