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.
Today's episode I am going to take a bit of a break from researching new content by doing a compilation of content from my old WordPress blogposts. A huge upside of this is that content warnings won't be needed this week. I am talking to you today about "Perseverance," "Aphantasia," "Sentinel Intelligence," and "Imposter Syndrome."
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.
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?
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."
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.
I have a bone to pick about the way this person behaved. Marginalized people are often expected to defend their experiential learning and perceptions (people of various faiths, LGBTQIA, PW Disabilities, POC etc). When they express an opinion on Social Media, they are suddenly expected to provide a dissertation in support of their point of view.
Sentinel Intelligence is the ability to sense threats that are undetectable by most people. People with high intelligence and heightened anxiety are more likely to exhibit Sentinel Intelligence. It's connected to altruism and raised empathetic ability.
Planned Parenthood is targeted for defunding, as well as attacks by extremists, because 5% of their budget is spent on something a segment of the population morally disagree with. This same segment throw financial and personal support at Autism Speaks, including President Trump and Vice President Pence, when the result of finding a way to diagnose autism in the womb will lead to the same exact place. Children with autism will be aborted. The hypocrisy is aggravating. The fact these men appear to despise autistic people more than they openly hate abortion is terrifying.
We aren't a collection of quirks, stims, and sensitivities. We are real people with problems, like everyone else.