A thought about the autisms:

People’s reactions to me changed a lot during the ~2 years I spent in Japan - like, incidents in which I was treated badly because it was visible that I had brain issues became much less frequent.

I think I just figured out how to read people and do “normal” vocal intonation better during that period. To some extent that was a biological developmental thing - I was still having hormonal upheavals more common to thirteen-year-olds throughout college, and my hallucinations had only just died down for the final time when I moved to Okazaki - but part of it was probably the foreign language immersion.

It’s kind of like I got to re-do part of the childhood language acquisition/socialization process, but with better control over my sensory bullshit. In a lot of situations my intonation and facial expressions come across more naturally when I’m speaking Japanese than English, but the connections I was making helped with English, too.

Call for more mods

Hi everyone!

So I used to run this blog alone until there was a backlog of 200 or so messages in the inbox and I was experiencing burn out. So I put out a call for people interested in helping answer questions.

The three who joined, who saved this blog from me just disappearing and shutting it down, have helped so much, they do a lot of work for me and you. They’re so good in fact that when they started getting through the backlog and people saw we were responding more often, the messages increased again! Now the four of us have a backlog of 800 messages and so I’m calling out again for people who can help! 

For anyone interested

o Please be over 18 (we appreciate the opinions of all ages but some of our questions involve very adult topics and we want to protect any minors from this)
o Adding to the above, anyone who has many or is very vulnerable to various triggers that might be in the questions, please assess how comfortable and safe you would feel about modding.
o Those who have run other advice blog or have experience in advising in this area would be helpful but not strictly needed (it would be nice to see how you might answer a sample question or two).
o The biggest one- if you apply, please have the drive, ability and time to make the commitment, we need people who particularly have time and energy to help through the backlog! However, when modding, no one is obliged to answer or do anything when they don’t want to or can’t. Else I’d have to kick myself out quick.

Happy applying! Please apply via asks on this blog, submissions make it difficult for us to reply. Also if you have any experience you think would particularly help us out, e.g. being of a particular racial or cultural background mention it!


One follower’s experience with hyperlexia

“I have been reading for so long that I cannot remember not knowing how to read. My mom said she was teaching me letters when I was 2, and I could read for sure by the time I was 3. Most of what I read were these old Childcraft encyclopedias we had in the house. I read them voraciously, though I did not completely understand everything they were saying. I especially had trouble with some nuanced modes of expression in the books which differed significantly from the way people sounded when they talked. Of course I did not realize at the time how out-of-date the books were, which at times caused me to have a rather confused picture of the world. When I started going to kindergarten, my teacher forced me to read a book about an invisible boy. I hated reading that book, mostly because I didn’t understand the plot. When I finally finished the book, I had to take an online quiz and I only got half the questions right. This showed that I wasn’t understanding what I was reading, although I did much better on books I actually enjoyed!

One funny (and extremely autistic!) thing I did was this. My Childcraft encyclopedias had an index, in which many of the longer words had the phonetic pronunciation shown. I did not know why the words were written the way they were. All I saw was a word, and right next to the word was the same word, misspelled, in parentheses. I took for granted that it was how things were meant to be, and so I wrote my name, BETHANY on paper with a crayon (I think) and then wrote (Bethanee). Now, looking back, I think that was really funny, but at the time I just thought it was what I was supposed to do. I had a lot of misconceptions like that.”

What people think of when you say ‘the autism spectrum’:

What the spectrum actually looks like:

The black and white dots represent a random autistic person’s particular combination of abilities on any given day. Everything is really convoluted and blurred because all of those major groups I put on there kind of bleed into one another at times. And none of these points are necessarily negative.

Point is, the spectrum is not a line on which a person is born onto and remains at a certain position. It is a complex group of abilities and issues which change for every autistic person, every day, multiple times per day, depending on the situation they’re in. There is no such thing as ‘mild autism’ or ‘high-functioning’ autism, and those labels are actually inherently ableist.

(Also please note that all instances of ‘normal/correct/incorrect’ are to be taken with a grain of salt as what neurotypicals consider to be ‘normal’ is often a very narrow amount of what they consider to be ‘acceptable’ interactions or behaviours)


The forgotten history of autism.


Hi everyone!!!

Please reblog this post and follow at least 5-10 other blogs that are in the notes and try to follow each other back!
(Must be autistic)
I thought this would be a great way for autistic people to find new blogs and make new friends :)

Any questions send me an ask :)

people on my posts like

“There is a lack of support, social care and education for low-income Autistic kids….so we should cure them”

like how do you make that leap of logic, how do you look at the way society treats us and think we are the ones who need to be changed, how disgusting are you???

Most of us do have a sense of humour, though we tend to find different things funny. If we don’t laugh at other’s jokes, it’s probably because either we don’t find them funny (e.g. racist, sexist, or cruel jokes), we’re having trouble working out whether the person is actually joking, or we maybe didn’t hear the joke properly because of auditory processing issues.
—  From Penni Winter’s “Loud Hands & Loud Voices” in the book “Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking”

Longitudinal Brain Changes During the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood found in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A study published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood.

A considerable amount of work has focused on early structural brain development in ASD utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This body of work has revealed evidence for brain overgrowth during the early postnatal years that appears largely absent later in development in ASD. Although several studies of cortical brain structure in adolescence and young adulthood in ASD have been completed, the vast majority has utilized cross-sectional (i.e., one point in time) designs. In one of the first studies to examine longitudinal (i.e., following the same subjects over time) cortical development in ASD during late adolescence and early adulthood, researchers found an exaggeration of the normal thinning of the cortex that occurs during this age range. Moreover, this increased cortical thinning was associated with greater executive function problems (based on behavioral ratings) and ASD social symptoms. This study suggests that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in ASD extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood. More work is needed to understand brain development during the transition from adolescence into adulthood and beyond.


Forget what you know | Jacob Barnett | TEDxTeen

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein’s field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize.

At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher.

His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard’s webpage. Jacob’s work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.

Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom’s garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end “math phobia” in his generation.

Jacob’s favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his charity, Jacob’s Place. It is a place where kids with autism are inspired every day to be their true authentic selves…just like Jacob.