My Writing

This page contains links to my writing that has been published elsewhere. I retain full copyright on all these items but some are available for download for personal use only.

What is Neurodiversity is an article I wrote in 2006 that has recently been published in “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.”

How Do I Be Me? is Chapter 13 in the book “Aspergers Syndrome in Adolescence” edited by Liane Holliday Willey.

My book is “Learning to Live with high Functioning Autism”

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  1. Alkab

    “We don’t know yet if one part of the community will end up dmtanioing the voice and image of the diagnosis. If any one group does, the others will suffer. Instead of taking sides in a fight over who will be forgotten, we should be positioning ourselves to present a nuanced and balanced view to the rest of the world.”I’m pretty sure that this is what we will be up against when PDD-NOS and AS and autism are all under one name. I say so because of my experiences in the world of diabetes.There are several kinds of diabetes but two major ones that people know about: type 1, which typical starts in childhood, and type 2, which typically starts in adulthood. Most diabetics (I’d have to look up exact numbers, but something like 80%-90% off the top of my head) are type 2 diabetics.Both types experience difficulties from being under the same name. Type 1 get upset about being lumped in with the stigma of being fat and causing your own disease by bad eating and laziness. The whole thing is more complex than that, but since most type 2 are obese and since type 2 can sometimes be controlled through diet and exercise (type 1 requires insulin and type 1 diabetics tend to be very lean) many news stories unintentionally (or intentionally — I’m not sure) portray “diabetes” (meaning type 2) as a disease of excess, a disease of overeating, a disease of laziness, etc. But, generally speaking, the type 1 community is more strongly represented by its members. Most of the big diabetes support groups online are heavily dominated by type 1 diabetics and a type 2 diabetic can feel edged out and even unwelcome. Additionally, parents of type 1 are the strongest lobbiers. They can get money more easily because people are more willing to give money to children’s causes and to causes that don’t have the stigma of being caused by the sufferer. Meanwhile, type 1 organizations count all diabetics and capitalize on the “diabetes epidemic” news stories to get money for their smaller pocket of the diabetic community. Often, even type 2 diabetics are convinced to contribute to type 1 diabetic causes, not fully realizing that their donations won’t help themselves personally, sometimes not even realizing that the organization to which they’re donating is only for the other disease that they don’t have.I’ve often said that life would be easier (at least for me) if type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes (which are honestly two different diseases) had two different names.(continued)


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