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Reimagining the Autistic Mother Tongue

By Alice Wong / 2021-06-13
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Reimagining the Autistic Mother Tongue  Jane Shi

 

Content notes: child abandonment, abusive adoptive parents, anti-Asian violence and misogyny, mass shooting, ableist slurs and language, forced restraint of autistic people, ABA (applied behavioural analysis)

 

For most of my life, I attributed my needs and the fact that others frequently didn’t understand them to an inherent lack. 

I was bad at communicating. I was bad at chores. I was bad at being in groups. The

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SMA Is Contributing to My Gender Crisis

By Sherry Toh / 2021-05-19
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I am giddy with excitement. Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” plays on my iPhone as I begin writing a column about that album and its effect on

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ASAN Repudiates Comments Linking Autism and Violence at Capitol January 6th

By Ianthe Dempsey / 2021-05-18
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This morning, Talking Points Memo published an article featuring quotes from Albert Watkins, an attorney representing Jacob Chansley. Chansley was a prominent participant in

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#DisabledAnd – How a social media campaign is challenging societal misconceptions of being disabled

By chroniccampaigner / 2021-05-17
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Alt-text: Photo of Sophia a white woman with brown and red hair wearing a blue and green geometric print dress and holding a red cane. She is looking at the camera with pride. In the background is a computer and desk and layered over the photo is a sunset

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Disabled Gremlins Unite: The Story of an SMA Friendship

By Sherry Toh / 2021-03-31
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Ever the dry self-deprecator, I send my Chinese New Year column to my dear friend Brianna with a message stating, “I sound like a gremlin

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The System is Down

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-23
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The System is Down: The Ableism of Texas’ Power Grid, Covid Response, and Disability Representation

 

Adam Hubrig Graphic with a black background showing an outline of the state of Texas in white. Surrounding it are lightning bolts in white in various sizes.Graphic with a black background showing an outline of the state of Texas

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My Year of Nothing but Everything

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-10
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My Year of Nothing but Everything: Living in Pennsylvania During COVID-19

 

Emily Ackerman

 

Approaching the one-year anniversary of my COVID-19 isolation, I recently described that I feel as if I’ve thrown the 27th year of my life into the void yet been forced to retain every negative memory and effect. In many ways, it’s felt like my Year of Nothing; the things that defined my life (my office and job as it was,

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And Now Here We Are

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-08
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Disabled people all over the world are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “And Now Here We Are” is a comic by Sam Schäfer about the experiences of disabled people in the UK. I first saw Sam Tweet this series on Twitter on February 20, 2021 and am so pleased to be able to publish a version of it here.

Content notes: ableism, austerity, grief, pain, death, dying, poverty, suffering, eugenics.

 

 

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Q&A with Ingrid Tischer

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-06
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Below is a conversation I had with my friend Ingrid Tischer on February 20, 2021. Ingrid is one of the first close friends I made when I moved to San Francisco over twenty years ago. So we go wayyyyyyy back!

Please note there will be discussions of hospitalization, end-of-life, dying and mortality, ableism, quality of life, discrimination, and mental health. Some parts have been condensed and edited for clarity.

Many thanks to Cheryl Green

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2/24 Statement Regarding State Policy on Vaccination of People with High-Risk Conditions

By Alice Wong / 2021-02-26
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Statement Regarding State Policy on Vaccination of People with High-Risk Conditions

We are very happy to see that the State of California shared a plan on February 12 to vaccinate people with disabilities/medical conditions and higher-weight people who are at high risk for COVID starting March 15. It is good to see this consideration of our communities.

However, we have grave concerns about the policy as it stands, and we urge immediate changes.

The list

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