NeuroDivergent Rebel’s 2021 NeuroDiversity Book List

Recently, while visiting our local libraries and book stores, I realized there is a need for more access to NeuroDiversity centered literature.

Rather than to just give over a list of my favorite books (don’t worry, some of those are included too), I asked our community on various platforms what books other NeuroDivergent People have found helpful. Continue reading NeuroDivergent Rebel’s 2021 NeuroDiversity Book List

Autistic & NeuroDivergent People’s Invisible Struggles Pt 2: Communication & Emotional Differences

In part one of this video we talked, talked about is my feather here, Autistic sensory issues, masking, and even chronic pain, and how these,, invisible differences can impact Autistic People, and you may not even know that Autistic People are struggling with these things.

Today we’re going to talk more about cognitive processing differences, learning style differences, some of the emotional differences, and how, we process social situations, how some of those differences can impact Autistic People, and how we engage with the world – invisible differences, and invisible things that can cause Autistic People to struggle.
Continue reading Autistic & NeuroDivergent People’s Invisible Struggles Pt 2: Communication & Emotional Differences

Today’s Autistic Moment: Autistic Adults and Gaslighting

I recently was invited to participate in an interview on a podcast, Today’s Autistic Moment, to talk about Autistic Adults and Gaslighting – a form of manipulation and abuse by which the abuser makes the individual being abused doubt their own reality. Continue reading Today’s Autistic Moment: Autistic Adults and Gaslighting

Autistic and NeuroDivergent People’s Struggles Are Invisible Pt 1: Masking & Sensory Issues

many of the struggles Autistic People have are invisible because they have to do with how we process information and interact with the world. These things are happening behind the scenes. Continue reading Autistic and NeuroDivergent People’s Struggles Are Invisible Pt 1: Masking & Sensory Issues

I’m Autistic and this is Why I Find People Overwhelming

Before I learned I was Autistic, I didn’t look for information in people’s faces, or their body language, to see how they were feeling or even to see if they were interested in things I was saying. It just never really occurred to me that there was information there and at 29, I started to study what facial expressions and body language means.

That meant I was having really difficult interactions with other people, because I wouldn’t realize I was annoying them, or I wouldn’t read the situation well. Continue reading I’m Autistic and this is Why I Find People Overwhelming

Academic Privilege – Is the Public Education System Destroying NeuroDivergent People?

The school systems are designed and tailored to teach one style of learner and one type of teaching.  Those of us who learn, and experience, and process information differently are often treated as if we are problems, when we fail to fit into the neuro-typical education system. Continue reading Academic Privilege – Is the Public Education System Destroying NeuroDivergent People?

A pale skinned nonbinay human wearing shorts, a fanny pack, and black star pasties is in the ocean leaning back facing the blue sky as the water crashes into their back.

Of Breasts & Chests – Criminalization, Sexualization, & Nipple Politics

Even though going topless is allowed for anyone in Austin, the person with breasts cannot draw attention to themselves, or they may risk other charges, such as public lewdness or disorderly conduct.

If an arresting officer decides an individual was intentionally “lewd or obscene” or if there are minors around, a topless individual with breasts may face serious felony charges and could potentially be registered as a sex offender. Continue reading Of Breasts & Chests – Criminalization, Sexualization, & Nipple Politics

The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

 If we look, specifically, at Autistic people, It is estimated by the American Psychiatric Association that one in five, 19% of adults in the United States have some form of mental illness, and these numbers are, naturally, higher among Autistic and NeuroDivergent populations, which is  expected, because also according to the APA, minority groups are at higher risk for developing mental health conditions.

 If you are a member of multiple minority groups, and you are multiplying marginalized, You can multiply this risk for mental health issues, because of the additional pressures that are placed upon you by society. Continue reading The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

Why We NEED to Teach Boundaries & Consent to Autistic People

Lyric Homans  here. I’m the NeuroDivergent Rebel, and this week we’re going to talk about boundaries and consent with Autistic People, and why it is so important that we do explain boundaries and healthy relationships to Autistic people, instead of assuming that we will never have these things, or are uncapable of understanding these concepts. Continue reading Why We NEED to Teach Boundaries & Consent to Autistic People