Why “Good” ABA Therapists Don’t Leave the Field, and Why We Really Need Them To

This is a complicated, nuanced topic, as are most things. While working in advocacy, I’ve come across a (somewhat) large amount of ABA professionals that are reform-minded. Some are doing the work, some are sticking the label on themselves as some kind of “get-out-of-acknowledging-harm” card, and there are levels to how “good” they are. ThereContinue reading “Why “Good” ABA Therapists Don’t Leave the Field, and Why We Really Need Them To”

“But What About the Autistic People Who Support ABA?”

I have seen several autistic people come out in support of ABA. Not nearly as many that are against it – but some. I have seen some autistic ABA professionals, not many, but some, that swear by ABA. Some of these pro-ABA autistic folks are big names in the community. Here’s my stance – ThoseContinue reading ““But What About the Autistic People Who Support ABA?””

The Bigger Picture in Advocacy

Picking my battles is something I’ve forever struggled with. EVERYTHING matters to me. Every single thing has implications, and everything is “that deep” to my brain. So, when I see my community rallying against a mother’s use of the puzzle piece when speaking about her newly diagnosed child, I understand why they are “picking atContinue reading “The Bigger Picture in Advocacy”

I Am Not Your Token “Good Autistic”

Life has been quite a whirlwind since I started doing advocacy almost full-time. I have gotten a lot more opportunities than I thought I would get, and I’ve been grateful for them all. Last week, I was asked to speak on a panel about autistic lived experience and representation in media, watching “The Reason IContinue reading “I Am Not Your Token “Good Autistic””

Dear Mary Barbera; I Am Not An Epidemic

One of the most “popular” BCBA-Ds known in the autism community is a woman by the name of Mary Barbera. She is the mother of an autistic child, and she has made a huge name for herself for being able to “turn autism around” for thousands of her kids, with an approach called “verbal behaviour”.Continue reading “Dear Mary Barbera; I Am Not An Epidemic”

“You Don’t Speak for Every Person With Autism”

This argument is so tired and pointless because 1) Nobody said I did? Me speaking about issues I and the people around me see with the autism industry/disability industries is not the same as speaking for every autistic person. The people I “don’t speak for” are people of completely different intersecting identities than I, butContinue reading ““You Don’t Speak for Every Person With Autism””

“Not Everyone Can Self-Advocate, You Know”.

There is a post going around Facebook and Twitter right now called the “Angry Autism Advocate” bingo. You may have seen it. It’s basically talking about autistic people that are presumed “high functioning” attacking parents and caregivers, and you can tell it’s them based on things like hair colour and anime profile pictures? Who knows.Continue reading ““Not Everyone Can Self-Advocate, You Know”.”

Why Is The Only Autism Movie I Like From 2002?

I’ve always been super nervous to talk about my love for this film, because it’s not perfect. They use the r-slur to describe Sam, his daughter (Dakota Fanning) asks him if God “made him this way” on purpose, and the use the “mental age” term – a term I’ll dissect more in a later post.Continue reading “Why Is The Only Autism Movie I Like From 2002?”