I have long been known on social media by the handle rundembear, a playful joining of my obsession with bears…
Communication works better for both of us, and the solution relies on a non-autistic person communicating a little differently, which is easy, rather than an person autistic doing a lot of mental work which is hard.
Don’t think of inclusion as helping us get by in the structures built by and for ‘not us,’ rather think of how you can help us change the structure so that it is ours as much as it is yours.
While I think most people have at least heard of autism, and many of us have autistic people in our lives, there are still a lot of gaps in people’s knowledge about autism.
Misadventure The small band of adventurers are embroiled in combat. One of the monsters they are battling almost flies up…
The idea that neurotypical and autistic might be different regions of the same spectrum seems sensible. The presumption that all members of either group maintain a position of inferiority or superiority relative to all members of the other group is deeply wrong and encourages anti-autistic biases.
If we really want to claim that our societies value diversity and inclusion we must expand beyond the disability model, and hold everyone to a standard of not just removing the barriers caused by difference, but of actively valuing the ways in which difference is a strength.
Then it happened. My heart rate suddenly jumped from 160 beats per minute to over 180. My max heart rate is in the low- to mid-180s. I almost never manage to push it this high even in my toughest workouts.
The UK Government has far from covered itself in glory in its response to the COVID-19 crisis.