Letter to an Autistic Aikido Student

July 26, 2014

I’ve been teaching aikido for more than three decades. As far as I know, I’m the most advanced Autistic aikidoka (aikido practitioner) in the world. There are few enough people at my level in the art that if there were another Autistic close to this level, I’d almost certainly have heard about them by now – […]

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Things I Wish I’d Known in Kindergarten

July 1, 2014

In August of 2012, as many families prepared for the start of a new school year, the editorial team of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism blog contacted a few Autistic people (myself included) who’d survived the public school system, and a few non-autistic parents who’d worked hard to help their Autistic children survive the public school system. […]

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Five Steps Toward Autism Acceptance

June 16, 2014

Steve Silberman is a journalist and wonderful human being who’s done some superb writing on autism and neurodiversity. He’s currently working on a book entitled NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which I’m certainly looking forward to reading. On April 2, 2012, Steve posted on his blog an extraordinary piece entitled Autism […]

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Interview on MDMA-Assisted Therapy from the MAPS Bulletin

June 10, 2014

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is conducting a research study on using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat social anxiety in Autistic adults. I’m on board as a consultant. I’m pleased to be a part of this project, because it’s one of those rare studies that focuses on treating a problem (social anxiety) for which many Autistic adults […]

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April, Autism, and Allies

April 2, 2014

Every April, fear-mongering organizations like Autism Speaks – organizations that profit from stigmatizing, harming, and exploiting Autistic people – do a big publicity thing that they call “Autism Awareness Month.” And every April, the Autistic community and their real allies counter by declaring “Autism Acceptance Month,” calling for an end to the stigmatization, pathologizing, and […]

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What Is Autism?

March 1, 2014

How many websites are there that have a page called something like “What Is Autism?” or “About Autism”? How often do organizations, professionals, scholars, and others need to include a few paragraphs of basic introductory “What Is Autism?” text in a website, brochure, presentation, or academic paper? I’ve seen so many versions of that obligatory […]

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This Is Autism

November 18, 2013

On November 11, an extremist anti-Autistic hate group with the ironic name “Autism Speaks” – a well-funded organization with a history of promoting the stigmatization, silencing, disenfranchisement, abuse, murder, and eugenic extermination of people like myself – released a “call for action” authored by one of its founders.  Like much of the previous anti-Autistic hate […]

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Throw Away the Master’s Tools: Liberating Ourselves from the Pathology Paradigm

August 16, 2013

This piece is a revised version of an essay that I contributed to the groundbreaking anthology Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, published in 2012. While the term neurodiversity originally developed within the Autistic community, the neurodiversity paradigm is not about autism exclusively, but about the full spectrum of human neurocognitive variation. This particular essay, however, […]

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Neuro-what?

July 26, 2013

Welcome to my blog, Neurocosmopolitanism. For this first entry, I figure I ought to offer some basic explanation of the blog’s title and primary theme. What the heck does neurocosmopolitanism even mean? Before I go there, I ought to first provide basic definitions of a couple of other concepts that will be central to my writings […]

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