Autism Filter
  1. Know Your Audience

    “I became aware of this phenomenon—people believing fiction is true—some years before this mass delusion about a popular novel swept the nation.” At The Mendocino Humanist, Todd Walton recounts his experiences with audiences who assume his stories are autobiographical.

  2. For I am human #autism

    Thoughts from Sonia Boue: “My humanness is not other — it is a parallelogram of your humanness. A mirror in which to see yourself (at times).”

  3. Losing a Pet in an Autistic Household

    On how an Autistic son copes with loss: “At last, he asked how I felt. A grief inquisition ensued. As if he knew emotion collapses me inward, Tyoma tugged and pulled each word out of me, like an invasive, but beneficial medical procedure.”

    By Tyoma
  4. NOS Magazine

    NOS Magazine is a news and commentary source for thought and analysis about neurodiversity culture and representation. Explore longform journalism, reviews of pop culture, and more.

  5. “We Need to Be Braver”: Voices for Diversity in 2016

    The past year has seen its share of struggles — and of important, tough conversations.


    Protesters after a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy of NativeinDC, from "We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For."

  6. The Invisibility of Black Autism

    Steve Silberman, the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, explores the challenges faced by autistic people of color in gaining access to proper health care.

  7. Re-thinking Things Through an Autistic Filter

    “How do you explain to someone what it’s like to not have something that you don’t even know exists? It’s like trying to describe silence to someone who has always lived their life beneath a roaring waterfall. They won’t hear the water. They’ll take it for granted. They’ll say, ‘This is silence.'”

  8. It’s Okay to Say “Autism”

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and at The Autistic Beekeeper, Stef talks about the reluctance of many people — including close friends and family — to even utter the word “autism.”

  9. I am Emma

    “There is no lack of empathy, but rather an unmanageable abundance that defies my best intentions.” Emma Zurcher-Long is Autistic. What she can’t communicate with speech is ably made up for by her piercing writing.

  10. Love in the Age of Autism

    “I have never wondered if my son loves me — not once. However, unlike his sisters, he does not show love in typical ways…. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, and messages. As a parent with an autistic child, I would hope that most of us understand this…” Erin Hunt, one of the writers at Rocky Parenting, writes about how her son shows love.

  11. You Make Me Feel Disabled. Yes, You.

    “In one instance you shrug your shoulders and roll your eyes to dismiss my Asperger’s and anxiety, but in the next instance you act as if I am so disabled by my Asperger’s that accommodating me is a burden. Which is it?” Sherri Schultz at Pensive Aspie talks about the things that family members, friends, and co-workers do to make her feel disabled.

  12. Some autistics can ‘pass for normal.’ I can. It’s exhausting, and by the end of a day of still hands and social conversations and watching people’s mouths in an attempt to demonstrate my interest in their words, I am physically sick and sometimes totally incapable of speaking a word. 

  13. I lay quietly beside you when you tell me that you are the wrong sort of special and the wrong sort of different and you want to die.