Unapologetically Autistic

Just another 1.43 percenter muddling on through the Neurotypical world

Congratulations… it’s an Aspie
You're born autistic, and you die autistic. And what happens between those two bookends of mystery is mostly up to you. I found out today I'm autistic, 54 years after being pushed kicking and screaming into the world. Here's my story.

Recent Articles

[Video] Autistic literalism and other amusing foibles
We autistics are notorious for seeing things in black and white and taking things somewhat literally. And while amusing and frustrating, here's why it's not necessarily always a bad thing...
High-functioning autism and why it needs to die
High-functioning autism is another one of those irritating, annoying, and misleading labels we'd all be better off without. Why? Because it's predicated on a flawed understanding of what autism is as a spectrum disorder, and ultimately makes life harder for a huge numbers of people who walk around with the label stuck to them. First...
Alexithymia and autism — a new “thing” I learned about the other day
Alexithymia and autism are strongly correlated, way beyond the correlation with it among neurotypicals (around 10% of NTs have alexithymia, whereas alexithymia and autism are correlated at around 50%). Fascinating facts, I'm sure. But what is alexithymia, even? Yeah... [...]
Autism and empathy — where you’re getting it wrong
Autism and empathy, one of the most contentious topics I see thrown about by autistics and NTs alike (with the latter claiming the former don't have it, the former claiming they do, and both of them missing the mark). Here's my take on it, from an autistic point of view.
5 things you didn’t know about the autistic elephant in the room
Autism is woefully misunderstood and the common stereotypes are not just plain wrong but wholly unhelpful. Here are 5 things you didn't know about it...
Why person first language drives me mad
So, are you "autistic" or are you a "person with autism". It comes up more frequently than you imagine, and just like religion and politics, everyone's got their own opinion. Here's mine.
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