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Autism Acceptance Challenge 20: Executive Functioning by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I often get stuck in a loop. Having a good organized list can help, but not always. Sometimes my inbox has 431 unread messages. I struggle with how to return a phone call, n ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 19 Cannot Happen by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This can’t happen. Not today. Not yesterday. I made a commitment to write 20 challenge posts this month and there is only one more day. Maybe tomorrow. Should I ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 18: Take Back April with Stimtastic by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Being autistic in April is not usually a happy experience. Every year, we are surrounded by reminders that we are not welcome on the planet. The lit up blue buildings and ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 17: One Sentence Stories of Acceptance by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Acceptance happens sometimes. When it does, I like to acknowledge and celebrate it. Here are a few of my one sentence stories about autism acceptance: On April 2 ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 16: Ask an Autistic by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Not long ago, I sat in a meeting composed of parents and professionals. The group was interested in learning more about what supports autistic people need. How would they ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 15: What's Your Squawkers McCaw? by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Why do you have that bird? Lots of reasons! See below. What's your Squawkers McCaw? What is uniquely yours that helps you get through the day? Is your chosen support ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 14: (Neuro)Queering the Conversation by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today’s Challenge is to interact with puzzle pieces in the wild. This goes for other offensive images and rhetoric too. Here’s an example where a graffiti artist decided n ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 13: Explore the Archives by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It had been a long time since I’d visited the archives at autistics.org. If you have been around for a while, you may remember when autistics.org was still being updated r ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 12: Public Displays of Autism by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This is a tricky one to talk about. I believe strongly that greater visibility is one of the keys to acceptance. I have been openly queer most of my life and openly auti ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 11: Choose Your Challenge by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We are halfway through the Squawkers McCaw Autism Acceptance Challenge. Over the next 2 weeks, I’ll be posting challenges about stimming, scripts, history, community, and ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 10: Turn it Down by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum You wonder why it’s so hard to have a conversation with me. I have no idea what you are saying. Way before the trouble with dual meanings and taking things literally and t ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 9: What Will You Do? by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum No fun and games today. Once again a young Black autistic man has been victimized by those who were charged with protecting him. Kayleb Moon-Robinson kicked a trash can a ... Read on »
Autistic Acceptance Challenge 8: Responding to Stuff by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum What would you say? For Challenge 8, practice your responses to the kinds of things we hear all the time. From "You must be very high functioning," to "stop making excu ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 7: Support Autistic Bloggers by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Autism Acceptance Challenge 7: Read More Blogs. Win your own Squawkers McCaw. Who are your favorite autistic bloggers? Do you have a favorite post, old or ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 6: Work on This by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Use your network to find job openings. Get an interview. Choose what to wear that is appropriate to the workplace you want to be hired into. Make sure your grooming is per ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 5: Slow Down by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Slow. Down.  Square Talk: Processing originally posted here in 2009 If you are not autistic, work on including autistic people in your conversati ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 4: True Allies by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Autism Acceptance Challenge 4 is a companion to challenge 3. This time, suggest links to posts by people you consider true allies to autistic people. These are the non-autis ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 3: Stand Up to Bullies by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Sometime during the month of April, you will find an opportunity to stand up to bullies. If you use social media, you will probably find lots of opportunities. ... Read on »
Autism Acceptance Challenge 2: Sign the Pledge by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Many thanks to all of you who chose to #WalkInRed today, whether or not you participated in the Autism Acceptance Challenge here. For me, this was a much better day than A ... Read on »
Why Autistic Pride by Bev Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The idea of “Autistic Pride,” like the concept of “Gay Pride,” is often misconstrued.  Pride can sound like self-congratulation to those who accept neither autism nor the ... Read on »