Guiding Principles for a Course on Autism

July 5, 2016

Early on in my process of designing my Critical Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity course for the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies, I asked myself the question, “What are the most essential and indispensible guiding principles any course on autism must follow, in order to ensure that the course truly remains grounded […]

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My Autism Course at CIIS

June 28, 2016

A few years ago I was invited to develop and teach a new elective course on autism for the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). CIIS is a small private college in San Francisco with a student body of approximately 1500. The undergraduate program at CIIS employs a social-justice-oriented critical […]

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Autism and the Pathology Paradigm

June 23, 2016

It’s the Summer of 2016, and it’s been exactly five years since I wrote “Throw Away the Master’s Tools: Liberating Ourselves from the Pathology Paradigm,” which has since become one of the foundational pieces of literature on the neurodiversity paradigm. “Throw Away the Master’s Tools” first saw publication in the Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking anthology in January 2012, […]

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Calvin and Clay, the Protective Manipulations of the Unconscious, and Friends of Ambiguous Ontological Status

March 29, 2016

Today’s post, “Calvin and Clay, the Protective Manipulations of the Unconscious, and Friends of Ambiguous Ontological Status” is the afterword that I wrote for Michael Scott Monje’s novel Imaginary Friends. Imaginary Friends (complete with this afterword) was published this month under the new Autonomous Press imprint, NeuroQueer Books. My copy just arrived in the mail, along […]

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Kelly’s Blackbird: A Spoon Knife Preview

March 14, 2016

The Spoon Knife Anthology: Thoughts on Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance, is the first literary anthology from Autonomous Press, the independent publishing house I co-founded. The Spoon Knife Anthology is also one of the first books to be published under Autonomous Press’ new NeuroQueer Books imprint.  The Spoon Knife Anthology is available directly from Autonomous Press, from online retailers […]

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Autistic Musicking

June 23, 2015

Musicologist Andrew Dell’Antonio and disability & education scholar Elizabeth J. “Ibby” Grace (who is one of my fellow editors at Autonomous Press) are collaborating on a project (will it be a paper? a monograph? a book? an action movie?) about autism and musicking, and I’m one of the autistic people they interviewed as part of their research. And what is musicking? According […]

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Foreword to Defiant

May 30, 2015

Below is the foreword that I wrote for Michael Scott Monje Jr.’s novel Defiant. Defiant is one of the first titles to be published by Autonomous Press, the independent publishing house I co-founded with Monje, Elizabeth “Ibby” Grace, Bridget Allen, and Corbett O’Toole. It’s part of the same epic series-in-progress as Monje’s earlier novel Nothing Is Right […]

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Neuroqueer: An Introduction

May 2, 2015

The term neuroqueer was coined independently and more or less simultaneously by Athena Lynn Michaels-Dillon and myself. Having coined it, we managed to spend a few years not getting around to using it in any published work, even though the set of concepts and practices represented by the term came to heavily inform our thinking. It wasn’t until Athena mentioned it […]

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Neurotypical Psychotherapists and Neurodivergent Clients

December 3, 2014

I’m often asked if I have any words of advice for psychotherapists and other professionals, on working with clients who are autistic and/or otherwise neurodivergent.  Why, yes. Yes I do. And I’ve been meaning for some time to type up some of those words of advice and make them publicly available. The push that I needed finally came from Sarah […]

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Toward a Neurocosmopolitan Society

October 1, 2014

In my previous post, Autism, Aikido, and Systems-Oriented Cognition, I published my answer to a question that the fabulous Steve Silberman asked me as part of the research for his book, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.  Below is another excerpt from that same conversation with Steve – my answers to two more of […]

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