BLACK AUTISTICS EXIST: AN ARGUMENT FOR INTERSECTIONAL DISABILITY JUSTICE
Learn more about intersectionality of being black, femme and autistic from this amazing essay by ChrisTiana ObeySumner. The essay detailed their experience navigating each of their beautiful identities, as well as their advocacy work for these communities!
"AUTISTIC VOICES SHOULD BE HEARD." AUTISTIC ADULTS JOIN RESEARCH TEAMS TO SHIFT FOCUS OF STUDIES
The article details a new trend in autism research: growing number of research teams with autistic members. These groups are shifting the focus in autism research from cause and cure to practical steps, including ones that help autistic people in settings such as the workplace. The article also highlights institutions that not only study autism, but also hire autistic researchers, including UCLA!
HOW TO SUCCEED AS A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH AUTISM
According to the article, 1 in 59 children develop Autism and yet, they only make up 1.7% of the college population. Even more
astounding is the fact that 80% of these students drop out of college. The article stated the biggest challenges autistic students face in college and their suggestions to succeed.
AUTISM DIFFERENCES IN GENDERS
This study highlights the difference in how autism presents in boys and girls. It found that girls present different symptoms than boys and typically are better able to hide it resulting in girls being diagnosed later in life. The study discuss the importance to recognize these differences to better diagn girls, so they can have resources available to them earlier.
HOW TO MEET AUTISTIC PEOPLE HALFWAY
When interviewed by researchers, many autistic people explained that despite the “antisocial” behavior that they display, they are indeed interested in forming social connections. They attributed these “antisocial” mannerisms to the neurological effects of autism and explained that, in some cases, these behaviors, such as not maintaining eye contact or repeating lines, are their way of trying to engage in a meaningful manner and form deep connections. The authors conclude that the solution is not to teach autistic people to change their mannerisms, but rather to teach everyone else to redefine what it means to be “social” and be open to the various forms this trait can take.
PANDEMIC ANXIETY: 10 EXPERTS COPING STRATEGIES
News on the novel respiratory illness is shifting daily, and the lack of steady, authoritative guidelines leaves a lot of space for irrational fears and behaviors to take over. For adults with comorbid anxiety, this effect is particularly acute. Here, find 10 expert tips to improve your mental health during these times.
FIRST BASKETBALL PLAYER WITH AUTISM RECRUITED FOR D1 BASKETBALL!
Kalin Bennett is the first student-athlete with autism to sign to play a D1 sport in college! And he had a bunch of offers but chose Kent State specifically because they have really strong programs for students with autism, including a partnering program between neurodiverse and neurotypical students!