How to Raise ACTUAL Autism Awareness

Remember when we all changed our profile pictures to ribbons, and it cured cancer? No, me neither.     The phrase “raising awareness” gets banded around on the internet a lot these days. I...

I’m ever so sorry. I really DON’T look autistic.

*DANGER- this article contains enormous doses of sarcasm, irony, and may contain nuts.* I know we’re not supposed to judge people by their appearances. But people tend to make exceptions for autistic people....

Anger and growing up: ten tips to beat it

Some years ago, I smashed up our family’s shower head because it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Looking back, I probably should have dealt with it better. Impulses do have their uses- if you need to jump out of...

What to do when your family doesn’t accept autism

“My parents don’t accept that I am (or my child is) autistic. What should I do?” This question ranks pretty high on the most frequently asked list. We just recently had a discussion about it on Autistic Not ...

How do I stop my child using autism as an excuse?

I didn’t expect to be asked this question as often as I have been. It’s a tricky one to even ask. After all, autism really does affect children in extremely serious ways. And parents are often swamped by ign...

A plea to the autism community, from one of your own

Please approach this article honestly, because it’s something we all need to do. Regardless of how difficult it is.   Please stop arguing. I’m serious. Please stop. It’s embarrassing to watch. More ...

30 translations for people who struggle with hints

Disclaimer: this article contains a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour that's not to be taken seriously. And if I know anything about the internet, there are people out there who will take this tongue-in-cheek humou...

How I put anxiety in its place

This article’s been a long time coming. And it’s not just for autistic people.   When I wrote the growing up advice article, I wrote it while looking back at how I grew up. When I wrote the bullyi...

I ran an autism survey. The results? Quite revealing.

2018 edit-  this survey is now outdated. Autistic Not Weird now has a new survey which features more in-depth analysis, more reliable results, and 11,521 respondents instead of 477. I'll keep this article here...

200 things to love about life

Occasionally, people ask me how I recovered from the depression and anxiety I suffered up until last year.   Perhaps I’ll write a full article about it one day. (Edit- since writing this, I actually ...

Conversations with my younger autistic selves

Warning: this article made a few of my friends cry. In a good way, thankfully.   Today is my thirtieth birthday. And, since I’m the oldest in my group of friends by a few months, they all insist that...