in my personal essays and relentless at finding the truth in my articles at Spectrum Confessions, in an effort to further the cause of radical acceptance.
Let our compassion guide us as we make our way to living and working together harmoniously.
We neurodivergent people are like the picture that emerges in the autostereogram. Do you remember the Magic Eye pictures? They appeared to be abstract patterns but when you relax your gaze, you see beyond the noise to the three-dimensional figure hidden there.
You might be looking right at us, but what appears to you is layer upon layer of noise, blocking you from seeing the real person right in front of you.
Does it surprise you to know that the Americans with Disabilities Act has never accounted for people on the spectrum? Or that the federal government recently started recruiting neurodivergent people for cybersecurity careers. Neurodivergents as a distinct neurotype were essentially declared into being by the United States government. Effectively leapfrogging over the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, where Autism Spectrum Disorder remains a psychiatric designation that influences how people on the spectrum are treated.
The My Big Fat Brain illustration is perfect on this big fat pillow. This is the cushion version of comfort food ––delicious and cozy. And oh so yummy! The unboxing of the mug stunned me. The photo doesn't do it justice. The colors on this glossy mug are gorgeous! You can buy it at the Spectrum Confessions Etsy store.
My Big Fat Brain is the title of an original illustration for an article on the Spectrum Confessions Substack page that brings to light a shameful study often cited over decades, even by the CDC. The researchers made claims about the brains of autistic children from the autopsy of 7 autistic boys at a time when there were millions of children in the United States.
Autism "professionals" have parroted this embarrassment ever since. This is only the beginning of what I uncover and share with you in the Spectrum Confessions articles to come on Substack. Be sure to subscribe, it's free. Stay up-to-date about what's to come.