Author Archives: Saraswati Chand

PART III: The Secrets to the Success of One Neurodiverse Couple

David: She is very passionate.
Sarita: I feel like I have learned a lot from him about acceptance and forgiveness. Continue reading

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PART II: The Critique

… the damage Gonden causes by promoting stereotypes, by negating the autistic experience, by presenting autistic people as dehumanized caricatures rather than individual beings with dreams, desires, wants, and needs. Continue reading

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PART I: Advocacy and April

Yet another article taking an eraser to the autistic experience, removing it from existence entirely. Continue reading

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Stages

Being a caterpillar saved my life. Being a caterpillar protected me in a harsh, unsafe world. Continue reading

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An Autistic Woman Goes to the Doctor

I am an autistic woman. I expect people to presume competence, even if the tools I use are different. Continue reading

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Hearing the Unspoken

I shut up now, too,  because I am aware that my oral communication skills will not be able to explain what I mean … But the me me, the one who I am by myself, is, for the most part, silent. Verbally silent. There are lots and lots of thoughts. Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Giving Care

My autism and my life experiences are akin to the complicated ecosystem found in coral reefs, multitudes of species interacting with each other, the sun, and the sea. Continue reading

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Body Talk

At least once a day, and whenever I feel “weird”, “anxious”, or, as I am trying to recognize it, “discomfort”, I go to my flash cards and try to find emotional and/or physical sources. Continue reading

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Hear Me Roar

The very notion that girls are trained from out of the womb that their comfort is always secondary provides quite a bit of insight as to why our autism isn’t diagnosed sooner … or even at all. Continue reading

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Pictures and Patterns

It is predictable, safe, and controlled, the same tetronimos falling in the same order at the same speed every time. Continue reading

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