For those of you who are active on Twitter, you may have witnessed an uprising of tweets from actually autistic people over the last week with three very poignant hashtags: #LowFunctioningMeans #HighFunctioningMeans #FunctioningLabelsMean The gist of this movement was to express the damage that functioning labels have done to many autistic people in setting certain expectations of ability… More Patterns for Success: #HighFunctioningMeans Career Challenges
I’ve never really consistently given this personal blog of mine much love. Instead, I’ve tried to support larger soapboxes from which to either share my own stories or coordinate and recruit for others. I’ve done a good bit of writing over the last couple of years for Red Hat, and now for Bronto. I had… More State of the Nerd Report
We’ve talked a bit about how to land a job, how to get settled in, and some of the things that might trip you up along the way (and how to avoid tripping in the first place). The Internet is full of advice for parents of autistic children (some valuable, others, well, I’ll save that… More Patterns for Success: Find Your Own Way
Last week, MTV News ran a story about how many autistic people were speaking out in protest against Autism Speaks‘ stated intent to find a cure for autism. But shortly after going online, it was quietly removed.
The boss comes in and asks you to stop what you’re working on. He’s got something very important for you, and the more you hear, the dumber it sounds. “No. That’s stupid.” For many of us, that’s the gut reaction. It’s the first thing on our lips, and because we’re good, honest people, we say… More Patterns for Success: Playing it Loose