Autism Resources

With multiple people asking me recently for some of my favorite autism-related resources and writing, I realized that I did not have those things compiled all in one place, and that that was silly.  So…

Blogs & Magazines
Autism Health and Wellbeing
Autism in Adulthood
Autistic Future
Asperger’s Diary (Lynne Soraya at Psychology Today)
Ballastexistenz
Cal Montgomery’s blog
Cracked Mirror in Shalott
Double Rainbow (Bitch Magazine’s blog series on intersections of autism and sexuality in literature and media)
Emma’s Hope Book
Foundations for Divergent Minds
Invisible Strings
Just Stimming
Left Brain Right Brain
Letters to Autistic Kids
Love Explosions
Love Not Fear flashblog
Lyssa and Me
Mama Be Good
Naked Brain Ink
NeuroQueer
NOS Magazine
Paginated Thoughts (hosts a lot of resources and reading on mental health issues, history of eugenics and institutionalization)
Ray Hemachandra
Respectfully Connected
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
The Third Glance
This is Autism flashblog
Tiny Grace Notes
Unstrange Mind
We Always Liked Picasso Anyway 
We Are Like Your Child
Zoom

Articles
Authenticity and Autism, Psychology Today
Autism Awareness is Not Enough: Here’s How to Change the World, by Steve Silberman
Autism’s First Child, the Atlantic Monthly
Autism from the Inside, by Katherine May
Autism Is an Identity, Not a Disease: Inside the Neurodiversity Movement, by Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Differences (moving past a deficit-based model of autism), by Julia Bascom
Don’t Mourn for Us, by Jim Sinclair
The Misbehavior of Behaviorists, by Michelle Dawson
The Missing Generation, by Jessica Wright
Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains, Wired Magazine
On Causes and Cures, by s.e. smith
Real Autism, by Sarah Kurchak
Revised Alternative Autism Criteria (compiled from the input of autistic people on how they would define the condition differently than the DSM-IV)
Up in the Clouds and Down in the Valley: My Richness and Yours, by Mel Baggs
We’re Still Fighting Bad Science: Andrew Wakefield and the Vaccine Deniers, by s.e. smith

Books (nonfiction)
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity, ed. by EP Ballou, Sharon daVanport, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People On Life and Autism, ed. Elizabeth Bartmess
Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, ed. by Julia Bascom
And Strait On Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance, ed. by Julia Bascom
All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism, ed. Lydia X.Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
The Uncharted Path, by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg
We’ve Been Here All Along: Autistics Over 35 Speak Out In Poetry and Prose, by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg
Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism, by Roy Richard Grinker
Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Sarah Hendrickx
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, by Cynthia Kim
I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, by Sarah Kurchak
The Electricity of Every Living Thing, by Katherine May
Naming Adult Autism, by James McGrath
The Panic Virus, by Seth Mnookin
Autism’s False Prophets, by Paul Offit
Autistic Disturbances, by Julia Miele Rodas
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman
Aspergirls, by Rudy Simone
The Real Experts, ed. Michelle Sutton
Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet
Authoring Autism, by Remi (Melanie) Yergeau

Fiction
Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
The Outside,
by Ada Hoffman
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!,
by Sarah Kapit
Mapping Charlie
, by Jane Meyerding
The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon

Welcome to the Autistic Community! (document by ASAN and Autism NOW Center)

Welcome packs and graphic resources from AWN

Movies and Documentaries
Citizen Autistic
Epidemic of Knowledge
Her Name is Sabine
Loving Lampposts
People Like Me
The Reason I Jump
Spectrum: A Story of the Mind
Too Sane For This World
Unspoken
Vectors of Autism
Wretches and Jabberers

Autism and the Disability Community: The Politics of Neurodiversity, Causation, and Cure–Talk by Ari Ne’eman at Emory University

In My Language–Short film by Mel Baggs

Quotes
“For most people it’s hard to receive compliments. When someone tells us “You’re really handsome” or “You’re really beautiful,” we stop making eye contact. It’s too powerful. I think that must be one of the aspects of autism. Eye contact is just too powerful for autistic people, because they’re dealing all the time on that level. It’s just much more intense for them. Their volume is up higher. And that in itself will alter you.”  –Dustin Hoffman

“Autistics are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work.  It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” –Paul Collins

Organizations to consider supporting or consulting instead of Autism Speaks
AANE
Autistic People of Color Fund
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Communication First
NJACE
Reframing Autism
Variety the Children’s Charity

…And this is why….
Diary of a Mom: no more – a letter to Suzanne Wright
Look Me In the Eye: I resign my roles at Autism Speaks
ASAN: 2014 Joint Letter to the Sponsors of Autism Speaks

Selection of my posts
Achieving Better Autistic Representation on Stage
A Hope for Neurodiversity in Education
A Brief Illustration of Privilege
A Call for Accountability
Dear Emily (for Blogging Against Disablism Day)
The Gift of a Label
Happiness, For Autistics Speaking Day
I Identify as Tired
The Right to Not Understand
Thinking and Language
You Should Tell Your Kids That They’re Autistic
What I Would Say to Autistic People Who Want a Cure (Autistics Speaking Day 2017)
What If We Really Are This Queer?

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