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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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‘The Accountant’ Fails Autistic Character Development

The Accountant

The Accountant

Now that Hollywood film writers have developed a basic grasp of (some of) the traits that a person with autism may exhibit, they’ve started to use this as part of their character development toolbox.

The thing is, when you’re a Hollywood writer making a Hollywood film and you decide to make one of your characters autistic you need to do so with the same thoughtfulness you’d tread a First Nations character or a black character or physically disabled character.

If you’re Ben Affleck and you’re playing an autistic killer in the film The Accountant, well, “thoughtfulness” appears to be too high a benchmark.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for The Establishment.

To read the story click here.

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How To Talk About Martial Arts And Autism

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When 11-year-old Ethan Fineshriber won at the American Taekwondo Association World Expo recently it caused a flood of newspieces.

This, because Fineshriber is autistic.

Sarah’s none too keen on the “inspiration porn” tone of these stories and she explained why in a post for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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How Autism Awareness Goes Wrong

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The month of April was Autism Acceptance Month, a counter-movement against the cure-focused Light It Up Blue campaigns.

As such, Sarah wrote an explainer for The Establishment about how autism awareness goes wrong.

To read the full story, go here.

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No, I’m Not Glamorizing My Autism

The spectrum

The spectrum

When Sarah occasionally writes about her autistic experiences for various publications there’s usually a virulent response, almost always from the parents of an autistic child, who tries to shout her down by saying she’s a) not autistic enough, so her opinion doesn’t count, or b) glamorizing the whole thing.

This is not true.

She explained why in a piece she wrote for The Establishment.

To read it click here.

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Autistic People Are Not Tragedies

Narratives around autism can be harmful, especially those created by awareness groups. Photograph: Graham Turner/Graham Turner

Narratives around autism can be harmful, especially those created by awareness groups. Photograph: Graham Turner/Graham Turner

There’s a rather sinister narrative in certain sectors of the autism community that parents of autistic children have been saddled with a burden so dramatic that only a eugenics-minded grim reaper could rectify their issues.

This is bullshit.

Sarah explained why recently in her first op-ed piece for The Guardian.

To read the column, go here.

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