This episode addresses how autistic people are commodified within the neoliberal capitalistic system. They are made into products within an educational and health care system that includes abusive practices such as Applied Behavior Analysis. I discuss some of the worst examples of this abuse, including the torture of autistic children at the Judge Rotenberg Center.
How Mental Illness is Scapegoated for Gun Violence (transcript of ep. 6, S1 Autism and The Human podcast)
Today's episode will examine how mental illness is scapegoated for the high gun violence rate in the Unites States of America. This podcast is based on statistical evidence, experts who have written peer reviewed journal articles, and even a report from the USA Department of Defense.
Greta Thunberg: Environmental Body Vs. Environmental Risk Part 2 (Transcript of ep.5 Season 1 of Autism and The Human podcast)
In this second part of Environmental Body versus Environmental Risk, I talk about autism in relation to Greta Thunberg and her environmental activism. I talk about what her notoriety within the Climate Change Activism movement might mean for other autistic people.
Environmental Body versus Environmental Risk Part One
The concept of an environmental body versus a body that is an environmental risk meets at the intersection of many marginalized identities. Pristine wilderness environments have been set aside to "protect" them from some bodies while being made available to other bodies as a means of obtaining a transcendent experience in nature. What factors are considered in what bodies are considered Environmental Risk?
Autistic Masking (Transcript ep 3 Autism and The Human Podcast)
This episode is about Autistic Masking, and how you can make it easier for Autistic people to unmask. Autistic masking causes anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Yet it continues to be considered by many to be the ultimate goal for autistic individuals. How can we make classrooms, homes, workplaces and society in general safe places for autistic people to unmask?
Power Dynamics, Pathologization, and Paradigm Shifts: The Neurodiversity Paradigm (Transcript of ep. 2 of Autism and The Human podcast)
In this episode, I explore the vocabulary of the neurodiversity paradigm. This will include a deep dive into Nick Walker's "Neuroqueer Heresies: Notes on the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Autistic Empowerment, and Postnormal Possibilities."
Autism and The Human Episode 1: Limbic, Liminal, Labels and Language: The Language of Autism (Published June 6, 2022)- Transcript of Podcast
n this episode, I talk about the language of autism. The existence of an Autistic Lexicon helps establish Autism as a cultural identity. I discuss terms such as Changeling, Asperger's, Aspie, Autist etc. This includes a breakdown of why Hans Asperger sucked. I also talk about the social model of disability versus the medical model.
Autism, MMS, and Trump
In the newest installment of what I like to call, "This Might be How America Ends," Trump half-listened to what was being said at today's White House Coronavirus press briefing and then summarized it in a wildly irresponsible way.
Trauma-Informed Teaching/Trauma Inducing Classrooms
Not having effective strategies to cope with the trauma I encountered in my classrooms has impacted my teaching career more than any other issue I have faced. In 2005 Rice and Groves defined trauma as "...an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope." "Trauma is real." … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Teaching/Trauma Inducing Classrooms
Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being
Recently I began to listen to Angela Watson's podcast, Truth for Teachers. Each episode I listened to had valuable information and advice, but Episode 114: Seven Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome was the one that made the most significant connections to my own experiences. Many people have experienced moments where they felt like a fraud. I … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being