Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

The answer to this question is going to be “yes” or “no”, depending widely on your own individual circumstances in your life. For me, it was worthwhile to go ahead and get the autism diagnosis, but that is because of my specific circumstances, which I will share with you. Continue reading Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

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.
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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?

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Is Polyamory a Choice? – Polyamorous People and Polyamorous Relationships

Polyamorous relationships and polyamorous people are two different things. Just like being in a Queer relationship and being a Queer Person or two different things. A Polyamorous person “is someone who can date, commit to, and/or love more than one person.” Polyamory/Polyamorous Relationships “involves being in multiple relationships with multiple people and building connections, feelings, and commitments with more than one person.”

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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

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NONBINARY 101 – for International NonBinary Day

NonBinary is an umbrella term for MANY identifies of people who don’t identify as the binary male of female. This includes gender fluid people (like me), people who don’t identify with any gender, people who identify with multiple genders, etc. Continue reading NONBINARY 101 – for International NonBinary Day