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Blog:Yes, That Too- Five Meals

Blog:Yes, That Too- Five Meals

Hi all, long time no see, time for a “meet the blogger” type post to see if I can get myself writing. (It’s been a rough year, and not just because of the political situation. Though being scared of that makes things much harder.) Anyways. 1) my moms chicken noodle soup2) 拉面 (la/lo mian/mein), as done at small places in large Chinese cities3) Mac and cheese with cayenne and tuna4) Lamb vindaloo5) Three layer chocolate

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Blog:Yes, That Too- “They aren't having communication breakdowns”

Blog:Yes, That Too- “They aren't having communication breakdowns”

I’ve heard plenty of arguments about why AAC isn’t needed. Thankfully, I hear most of them in the context of people explaining what they do when they encounter them, rather than the context of people trying to tell me not to type to communicate. Today, Dana Neider, the blogger behind Uncommon Sense, gave the keynote for AAC in the Cloud today. She mentioned one that I hadn’t heard before and I wasn’t really expecting to

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Assigned “friends” and unintended lessons

Blog:Yes, That Too- Assigned “friends” and unintended lessons

I often hear about things like “assigned friends” and “friends of the day” in disability contexts. It creeps me the heck out.

Essentially, a student who is presumed to be abled is assigned, in some fashion, to a classmate who is presumed to be disabled, is new to the class when no one else is, or is presumed to “need help with social skills.” Sometimes this means the person is assigned to be their partner (or

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Blog:Yes, That Too- I'd rather see a student psychologist. Really

Blog:Yes, That Too- I'd rather see a student psychologist. Really

I’m in therapy right now. I have been (in this iteration) since late January, both dealing with deaths in the family (three this semester, one of which hit me harder than most – that was my grandfather near the start of January) and trying to get something resembling a handle on my anxiety. On the to-do list is gender-related stuff, eventually, since I do have some physical dysphoria in addition to the social stuff. But

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Not the way you mean

Blog:Yes, That Too- Not the way you mean

In my experience, a lot of questions get asked as proxies for other questions. Sometimes the two questions have different answers. Most of the times I can think of this happening have been somewhat medical. Which might be its own pattern, or might be because I notice/remember it more when the difference matters more. I’m not certain.

Example the first: Have you fallen in the last six months?

Every time a doctor has asked me this, they’ve

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Blog:Yes, That Too- What if they're stimming with the device?

Blog:Yes, That Too- What if they're stimming with the device?

In response to the fact that it is not OK to take someone’s communication device away, ever, apparently it is common to ask, what if the person is stimming and (we assume) that’s interfering with communication.

There are a few points I want to make in response to that. Some I’ve seen elsewhere. Some, less so.

What would you do if a kid was vocally stimming, with their natural voice, and you thought that was impeding their

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Self-regulation, AAC access, and arguments that should not need to be

Blog:Yes, That Too- Self-regulation, AAC access, and arguments that should not need to be

One of the big things with augmentative and alternative communication devices is that you’re not supposed to take the device away from the person who uses it. The idea that you don’t do that came up in the AAC class I’m taking this semester. The reason that came up is a bit different from the visceral, that’s how I talk wtf reaction I have as a part time AAC user, but it came up.

The video

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Blog:Yes, That Too- I'm gonna talk about pain now

Blog:Yes, That Too- I'm gonna talk about pain now

Under most circumstances where people would expect me to report pain, I display a really high pain tolerance, or threshold, or probably both. I’ve mentioned a couple times that I went hiking on a freshly broken foot, and that I was fine. When I got attacked by an ~800lb Old Spot pig, I had a cantaloupe sided lump on my thigh, and I also went on rides at the Fryeburg fair that afternoon. (I got

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Dear Medical Professionals, I'm not a sick or injured NT

Blog:Yes, That Too- Dear Medical Professionals, I'm not a sick or injured NT

This got prompted by Autism Women’s Network asking what we wish medical professionals knew.  If you’re seeing this shortly after it posts, they’re probably still looking for feedback, in case you have thoughts of your own.

The gist of my thoughts is: dear medical professionals, I’m not a sick or injured NT. Overwhelmingly, I’ve had medical professionals assume that if I’m not presenting the way they’ve been taught people with a given issue present, that means

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Blog:Yes, That Too- “Speaking” to academia #ASDay

Blog:Yes, That Too- “Speaking” to academia #ASDay

I wear many metaphorical hats. I’m a teacher. I’m a published poet. I’m a disability studies scholar, affiliated with a university but not for disability studies. I’m a graduate student in neuroscience. I’m an Autistic advocate, and not only a self-advocate (advocating for myself is often harder than the general stuff.) I’m a blogger.

Always, I am all of these things (and a bunch of other things). Sometimes, I get the opportunity to combine them. I’ve

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Blog:Yes, That Too-

Blog:Yes, That Too-

This semester, I’m taking a class about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). There are videos. I do something like liveblogging while watching them, just into Open Office. Now the results are here. So here’s the video: Augmentative and AlternativeCommunication (AAC): Evidence-based Principles and Practice. And here’s what I wrote while I watched it: Video defines AAC as “the use of customized methods and devices to supplement a person’s ability to communicate” [In class we

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Diagnostic arbitrariness and NO, not everyone is “somewhere on the spectrum”

Blog:Yes, That Too- Diagnostic arbitrariness and NO, not everyone is “somewhere on the spectrum”

[“Somewhere on the spectrum” here is “somewhere on the autism spectrum,” or variants on the theme of claiming everyone to be a little bit autistic.]

Autism diagnosis can be pretty arbitrary. There isn’t a blood test. There are genes that are associated with an increased probability of being autistic, but that’s not the same thing as a gene “for autism” or a genetic test. We don’t really ask about the internal experience of being autistic, either.

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Blog:Yes, That Too- “Screen time” and some more patterns

Blog:Yes, That Too- “Screen time” and some more patterns

Yet another article about screen time is going around. I swear, those things are everywhere. This time it’s Temple Grandin (who gets touted as being an autism expert in general when she’s actually an expert in livestock, like cows*) talking about limiting screen time for autistic kids. She’s actually more nuanced about it than most – the headline says screen time, and she says it once too, but she does specify what “kind” of screen

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Blog:Yes, That Too- It's kinda funny

Blog:Yes, That Too- It's kinda funny

So, a few weeks ago I met with two folks from a company that’s making a computer game or a video game related to autism and social skills. I agreed to meet with them for a couple reasons:The one I’d met before, I met at a hack-a-thon like event (un-hack-a-thon?) that was autism focused and had many autistic participants, mostly teenagers, and which used Nick Walker’s description of autism as a starting point. Starting from

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Distraction or DDOS?

Blog:Yes, That Too- Distraction or DDOS?

Heads up that this is about the current US government, including the POTUS. Meaning: Everything is a mess.

Every time that several bad things are happening at once, call them R through Z, I see comments like this:

Don’t worry about X, it’s just a distraction (from Y)! Z isn’t a real threat, it’s just a distraction (from R). They want you focused on S instead of all the other stuff, don’t fall for it! Here’s the

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Language choices and history

Blog:Yes, That Too- Language choices and history

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’ve talked about this before. Assuming I caught all my prior posts, this is the sixteenth time I’ve talked about language choices for autism, though this one isn’t quite the same as the others. It’s coming as the result of a good discussion that helped me clarify thoughts I’d been having rather than the result of someone insisting my language choice is wrong because they were taught so.

So: I hate being

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