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Autism and Activism

dat.activism is a website for data-driven activism around Autism, women’s issues, disability and the world in general. All articles are in English and Portuguese.

dat.activism é um site para activismo baseado em dados relacionados com Autismo, assuntos feministas, incapacidades e do Mundo em geral. Todos os artigos são escritos em Inglês e Português.

Latest from the Blog

  • Autistic representation in movies and TV shows
    Although 20% of the population has some kind of disability, 95% of the roles with disabled characters are played by actors without disabilities. So I decided to make a small list about autistic representation in movies and TV shows, to talk about the importance of the inclusion of our voices in their development. Here are […]
  • Online Talk Universidade de Aveiro 9 de dezembro 16h30
    *only in Portuguese Vou dar um workshop online para a Universidade de Aveiro sobre Autismo, da perspectiva de uma autista. Se quiserem assistir, estão convidados. Autismo – mitos, estigma e experiências de vida contados por uma autista9 de dezembro de 2020, 16h30 Departamento de Educação e Psicologia, online Resumo: Sabia que a proporção de autistas […]
  • High tolerance to pain: super-power or kryptonite?
    This week I was having a shower and noticed a bump on my leg. It was a spider bite, already infected, and next to it a bruise. Everything is ok, and I managed to clean it up and to disinfect it, but this made me think about the bad part of having high tolerance to […]
  • Autism Speaks, the Autism non-profit turned hate group
    As I promised, I will write about how the autistic people do NOT support Autism Speaks, and the reasons we actually see them as a hate group and a very problematic non-profit. Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob Wright and wife, Suzanne Wright, grandparents of an autistic child, Christian. They founded Autism Speaks with the […]
  • Shops owned by people with disabilities or chronic illnesses
    Christmas is coming and COVID made a lot of people, especially people with disability to lose their jobs or to struggle due to the risk for their own health. I decided then to only shop from small business made by people with disabilities. People with disabilities, and specially autistic people, that are also added to […]
  • Environmental causes of Autism?
    What is Environmental Factors and how they may be associated with Autism? Some people still don’t understand exactly what the scientists mean with environmental causes relating to Autism, so I thought about trying to explain it as best as I can. When talking about environmental causes they DO NOT mean vaccines, food, or environmental causes […]
  • Sia’s new Music movie about Autism controversy
    I had to take a day to process how it made me feel, since it was very heartbreaking and overwhelming. This is a big one, since it includes most types of Ableism available, so brace for it. Sia made a new movie called “Music” that follows a non-verbal autistic teen called Music and her older […]
  • Failure as a social concept
    I never understood failure in the true sense of the word. Not because I didn’t passed by it. I did. A lot. But failure is a social concept, and as all social concepts I have difficulty understanding it. The truth is for trying new things, help your community, create better societies, failure is a part […]
  • Introduction of new routines for autistic people
    We are known for our difficulty with anything that is not our established routine, and one of the hard and complicated issues about this is how to introduce some new things into it. This might also help ADHD since they also have problems with Executive dysfunction and keeping routines. For example, if we have to […]
  • List of fake cures that have been promoted for Autism
    This list was made by G.E.A.R on Instagram and I believe it is quite important to show how many fake cures for Autism were perpetuated to make money, and experiments, on us. Eventually I might get into more details on some of them, since some are similar to torture, and already killed several autistic children. […]
  • List of “Causes” of Autism
    This list was made by G.E.A.R on Instagram and I believe it is quite important to show how many fake causes for Autism were perpetuated to make money, and experiments, on us. Vaccines (AutismOne/anti-vax movement) Milk (PETA) Weed killer (Lorraine Driscoll) High amounts of testosterone (David and Mark Geier) TV or digital media (ZoneIn) Parasites […]
  • Interoception – the 8th sense
    Interoception  – Knowing what’s going on inside your body Interoception is your ability to record and interpret your own bodily states. This does not mean that they do not feel it, but that they have difficulty in registering, processing and communicating emotional / bodily states. Alexithymia, difficulty in describing what we feel, also complicates our […]
  • Our 8 senses
    We all know about the basic 5 senses: Sight, Auditory, Tactile, Gustatory and Olfactory. But we actually have 8. What are the others? Proprioception: The proprioception system it is our body awareness and allow us to be aware of force and pressure, and it can be triggered by pushing, pulling, or jumping. Vestibular: The vestibular […]
  • DSM-5 criteria for an Autism diagnosis
    To meet diagnostic criteria for ASD according to DSM-5, a child/adult must have persistent deficits in each of three areas of social communication and interaction (see A.1. through A.3. below) plus at least two of four types of restricted, repetitive behaviours (see B.1. through B.4. below). A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction […]
  • Disability profile – Art of Simple Living
    The Art of Simple Living blog made a profile about me. If you would like to see the full profile check link. “What do you wish people knew or understood about your condition? In terms of my chronic condition, I wish people knew that our “I’m fine” is very different from theirs. I am in […]
  • The spoon theory
    The spoon theory started as a theory to help society to understand how chronically-ill people tend to manage their time and energy, compared to healthy people, and has since been adapted to Autism. It was shared by Christine Miserandino, who lives with Lupus, on her blog “But you don’t look sick“ So.. what is the […]
  • Autism and vulnerability to Abuse
    With the case of Mariana Ferrer, there was a huge outcry from women all over the Portuguese speaking countries. The reason is because although it happened on Brazil, there are several other countries where this still happens. The reason we, autistic women, were so triggered by this event is, most likely, we were somehow in […]
  • Mariana Ferrer and the “Guilty Rape” verdict
    Mariana Ferrer is a Brazilian woman who reported a rape by a rich man in Brazil. The judge declared a “Guilty Rape”, that is, he raped her, but had no “intention” to rape. The video went viral on social media since the defence lawyer treated her like a criminal, humiliating and torturing her in court. […]
  • The Origin of Masking
    A couple of weeks ago I had someone coming to me saying “I can’t believe autistic people mask their traits, that is impossible. And if you do, it is your choice” Some don’t, yes. Others do. What I don’t think people understand is.. it is part a choice, part an obligation. Yes, we can avoid […]
  • Week Celebration of Special Interests
    The Chronic Couple page suggested a week long celebration of our special interests. To not annoy you with every day posts, I decided to include one post of my special interests and a small celebration of one of the best things in Autism, our ability to fall in love with themes and hobbies. I will […]
  • The invalidation of the autistic voices inside the autistic movement
    This might be a slightly controversial one, so bear with me. The fight for autistic people’s right was a fight mainly populated by parents and organizations that were run by neurotypicals (still is). In general, I do believe my mother is my best advocate. There is a problem though. Her brain is still a neurotypical […]
  • Masks and hearing disabilities
    You know that you have a disability when you see these kinds of things and think.. whoever created this cannot be disabled. Please, do not share this type of mask. I wear a hearing aid and would never wear it. First, it doesn’t help at all. The fact that I had this on my mask […]
  • The importance of Unmasking for Inclusion
    To really achieve full inclusion of autistic people in society, we have to stop forcing autistic people to mask who they are to be accepted. Masking or camouflage is the masking of our autistic traits or our difficulties, to fit into society. For example, when we look at the middle of the eyebrows, to simulate […]

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