What researching the cause of autism tells autistic people.

Another week. Another “x increases autism risk” headline splashed across the papers. Vaccines. Tylenol. C-sections. Advanced age in either parent. Diabetes. Use of psychiatric drugs in the mother during pregnancy. Maternal obesity. Maternal malnutrition. Ultrasounds during pregnancy. Etc Etc Etc So much time and money invested into looking for causes. Because once you know theContinue reading “What researching the cause of autism tells autistic people.”

We are not your child. We have grown.

“You are not like my child” is a line adult autistics encounter frequently from parents of autistic children trying to shut down our arguments. Adult behaviours are often different from those of children. We have grown. We have changed. And that’s a big part of why we “don’t look like” your child. Because “outwardly problematic”Continue reading “We are not your child. We have grown.”

Children can understand “difficult topics” better than you think.

My son and I were on one of our nightly walks last night. Out of the blue he said to me “you know, when you think about it, we have a good life and a lot of it is down to luck. Because we don’t have black skin we don’t have to face racism”. IContinue reading “Children can understand “difficult topics” better than you think.”