Once again, not fair

There’s been a lot of talk about annoyance at the main-streaming of stim-toys like fidget spinners. It seems like every child I know has one. In some ways it’s been lovely seeing something designed for Neurodiverse people, being taken up by the mainstream. But then came the inevitable backlash, because it’s a loophole in many […] …

Ehlers-Danlos Month

Happy May, fellow Zebras! Feeling stretchy? LOL, in all seriousness, though, I do wish to point out that it is OUR month, to celebrate our hypermobility, to spread awareness of our disease, and to advocate (and self-advocate!) for our rights to diagnosis, equal care, and consistency of health care, instead of the mire many of …

Wild Life

As I look around me, I realize I have much to be grateful for, after all. Not a whole lot of people can say they live on a preserved mountainside, full of all that (Western PA) nature has to offer. Instead of looking at all that I've lost, I must begin to appreciate what I …

Because EVERYONE must know that Karen Kabaki-Sisto (@KarenSisto) is a freaking idiot

[UPDATED to include links to other rebuttals of this piece.] In a previous post, I said that when people who support the abuse, bullying, and belittlement of autistic people “praise me for my accomplishments … it feels like a slap in the face. You’re proud and impressed because I got here in spite of obstacles …

As I spit out the word “patterns” with bad memories..

[TW: everything in the title.] “Pattern recognition” has become a keyphrase in the autistic advocacy circles in which I travel. It’s a reference to the many studies and resulting popular articles claiming that our pattern recognition is superior to that of non-autistics. But it’s also a reference to the fact that cycles of abuse are …

WELL, THEN!

So, after having reached the so-called "rock bottom," I am happy to report that I am still alive--and surviving quite well in the primitive family house on the mountain. I have learned some skills that I never thought I would need (at least to survive), and I feel I'm better for it! For the moment, …