May the 4th Be With You

Well, it’s Star Wars Day, and here I am writing without knowing what I’m doing. Again. Hi. My second entry on why acceptance > awareness is still in progress, so I’m going to use this (short) entry to say I hope all my fellow neurodivergent people are having a good Star Wars Day. Make sure…

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30 Days of Autism Acceptance

Let’s do something a little different for this entry. This is from a Tumblr called, well, “30 Days of Autism Acceptance”. They did a 30-day Tumblr challenge that I participated in for Autism Acceptance Month (April). *** Day 1. Make yourself known.  Tell the world your name and age.  Talk about your diagnosis.  Are you self…

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I’m going to tell you a story

Content/trigger warning: brief mention of suicide attempt So I’m the lead singer for a metal band. Yeah. It’s pretty cool. (Well, it was until they posted on Craigslist about looking for a new singer behind my back. I left.) I recently wrote a song about anxiety. I called it “Stay Afraid, But Do It Anyway”…

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Acceptance vs. Awareness

Content/trigger warning: Autism $peaks, eugenics, violent ableism I don’t know what I’m doing. I feel like every other neurodivergent activist who writes as part of their activism knows what they’re doing. But I still feel like I have to try. “Stay afraid, but do it anyway,” right? And yeah, I know, I know, I started…

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You Are Not a Little Neurodivergent

Content/trigger warning: discussion of saneism Let’s talk about what it doesn’t mean to normalize mental illness. Or rather, let’s talk about one thing I see from neurotypicals that seems aimed at normalizing mental illness, or at least familiarizing themselves with mental illness, but is actually misguided and neurotypicalist. This is going to be a short…

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No, Neurodivergent People Are Not More Likely to Shoot Up Schools

Content/trigger warning: discussion of mass murder, slurs (censored), violent neurotypicalism Every time a (white) person commits mass murder, a collective thought bubble appears over the neurodivergent community, or at least over the heads of those of us with “scary” ND conditions. The thought bubble reads: “oh, shit”. (No, I’m not saying we don’t care about…

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