November 26, 2022

On being a friend to autistic people

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:20 am by chavisory

In case you missed it, I recently contributed to “How Non-Autistics Can Be Good Friends to Autistic People” from the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, along with three other autistic adults and advocates, about what non-autistic people might need to know in order to be good friends to the autistic people in their lives.

You can read the post here!

November 21, 2022

The Lincolnshire Poacher

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 7:57 pm by chavisory

for M. Kelter

I stalk a ghost through the internet now.

A post of yours I had bookmarked in my “best goddamn writing about autism” folder, but which, off of the top of my head, I can remember nothing whatsoever of the content or subject matter anymore. The entire contents of your blog, thankfully, made it into the Wayback Machine, but not, for some reason, that one entry. (And I find it darkly funny that an otherwise entirely searchable index page for your blog now appears titled “404—Page Not Found.”)

I should’ve asked you for a copy of it sooner. I think you took this one post down before the rest of the blog. I’d noticed the broken link before but wanted to respect your decision if you’d taken it down deliberately for some reason, and now here I am hoping against hope that someone else didn’t and either saved or reposted it without your permission.

A cursory Google search doesn’t give me any lead on the document itself, but still illuminates, tangentially, something of its spirit, of its substance. Like a planet or a particle that can’t be observed directly, but becomes detectable by its effects on the space or bend of light around it. The pull it exerts on the orbits of other nearby planets.

It’s like the inverse of that. I can’t see the thing itself anymore, but I can guess at some of the matter it revolved around.

A numbers station. A folk song of hunting. A band in England.

Mysterious, opaque, or maybe purposeless communication.