As I stated in my last blog post, I wanted to use April to not only address some of the topics that the greater autism community (the provider side) tends to ignore or not explore, but to also highlight the voices of those who are autistic.
I started following Neurodivergent Rebel awhile ago, after I decided that I needed to hear from more voices from the autistic community. Their posts and videos, along with others that I have seen and watched, helped me to reshape my views on autism and expand on what it means to be an ally. Below is a link to their site, which includes numerous videos about the autism experience.
A couple of big things happened in the last two weeks or so with autism, and I wanted to compile them.
House Passes Autism Act: The US House of Representatives voted to allow $1.8 billion to be allocated to autism (research, programs, training, etc.) with the continuation of the CARES Act through 2024. The bill now goes to the US Senate, but it needs to pass fairly quickly; the current CARES Act expires at the end of September, and its lapse may mean a lapse in funds for services and research across the country.
What happened, Sesame Street?: I am in the process of writing a blog post for this, but ASAN (Autistic Self-Advocacy Network) has severed ties with Sesame Street after the children’s company teamed up with Autism Speaks for its latest round of PSAs.
“New” Ideas About Autism: I file this under “Wait, you didn’t know this?” A research team concludes that (surprise!) autistic individuals have reasons for their behaviors like lack of eye contact and often do desire social interaction to some degree.
“My experience of living with autism”: I always appreciate first-hand accounts from autistic individuals, especially since they almost always shatter at least preconceived notion I have heard from neurotypicals. This writing is from May, but I wanted to share it.