Tag Archives: Autism

Not Hiding Autism With CBC’s Now Or Never

Sarah was on the CBC radio show Now Or Never to discuss the topic of not hiding one’s autism.

She did an interview with the show as well as contributing a personal essay titled, appropriately, “Why I’m Not Hiding My Autism Any Longer.”

To hear her interview and read her essay go here.

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In Search Of Autism Characters Who Aren’t Awkward Savants

Julia, the autistic Muppet.

Julia, the autistic Muppet.

Television and film have a characterization problem right now.

Writers in these fields have been creating autism-related characters who are often portrayed as one-note awkward savants or, occasionally, some other worse stereotype.

Falling back on this sort of typecasting is a hack-y disservice. Sarah explained why in an essay for Pacific Standard.

To read it go here.

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time For CBC

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The CBC Day 6 radio program recently tasked Sarah with reviewing the autistic signaling production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

She talked about the play on the program and also wrote a review of sorts to accompany it.

To find out what she thought click here.

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Atypical, The Good Doctor And Pop Culture’s Use Of Autistic Characters

Atypical

Atypical

There’s new tool in the character creation toolbox of film and television writers in 2017 — autism.

Want to make a character a little bit different? Sprinkle some autism on him.

Shows like Atypical and The Good Doctor have done this. They’ve been far from perfect, though.

Sarah explained why in an essay for Electric Lit.

To read more click here.

 

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How Anti-Vaxxers Hurt Autistics

Around the Risky Fuel household we mostly consider anti-vaxxers to be crazytown bananapants wackadoodles.

That said, their backwards anti-science rhetoric can cause people genuine harm. Particularly to autistic individuals because of the (thoroughly scientifically debunked) notion that vaccines cause autism.

Sarah wrote about this issue in a column for Health.com.

To read it click here.

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7 Things Autistic People Want You To Know

This past April the folks at Health.com commissioned Sarah to write “7 Things Autistic People Want You To Know.”

Among these things? Your world is exhausting.

To read the full story head to the Health site by going here.

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Micah Fletcher’s Heroic Act

When autistic poet Micha Fletcher and two other men stood up to some rampaging white supremacists in Portland who were menacing women, the results were grim. Of the three, only Fletcher survived after being stabbed in the next while the other two heroes, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, died from their wounds.

One thing about Fletcher that wasn’t disseminated quite as well as it could have been was the fact that Fletcher’s actions were the result of a clear sense of empathy, of right and wrong.

Often autistic persons get accused of not understanding, having or exhibiting these attributes. And yet, we have Fletcher proving this wrong with deeds.

Sarah wrote about this in a column for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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