I can't wait to get into the meat of this dissertation. The stories of disabled people are important and far to often not told or worse, told by someone else.
I recently spent eight days in the Humber River Hospital psych ward. It was a strange experience, made stranger by the fact that my presence on the ward made it an atypical experience not just for but for those who work there as well.
There have been a couple major articles written about Hans Asperger, the man who categorized what would eventually be called Asperger's Syndrome and then eventually just folded into the autism spectrum. These articles, the first of which was printed in the New York Times and the second in The Guardian both discuss Asperger's history prior … Continue reading Reflecting on the Fact that Hans Asperger was Really a Nazi and not just Working from the Inside to Protect Vulnerable People
Dear Judith Newman, I have not read your book To Siri With Love and I frankly don't intend to. I know this will frustrate some people, maybe even you but I don't actually think it is relevant to the thing that I want to criticize. I have seen my fellow actually autistic people … Continue reading Dear Judith Newman, I’m Writing this For You because You Didn’t Write For Me
After watching the second episode of the new ABC series The Good Doctor (you can read my thoughts on the pilot here), I am left wondering if Dr Shaun Murphy could possibly have gone to medical school. He has a vast understanding of certain aspects of medicine and biology but no real comprehension of practical … Continue reading The Good Doctor Continues to Infantalize its Autistic Character
Image Description: Promotional poster for the upcoming ABC show The Good Doctor. The title appears in blue over a grainy black and white image of half of series star Freddie Highmore's face (he is a young white man with dark hair). In contrast to the black and white, his eyes are a vibrant blue. Yesterday, … Continue reading But You Haven’t Seen it Yet: Why Critiquing Marketing of Future Portrayals of Disability is Important
Image Description: Aut Fest Logo, the words Aut Fest appear in white on a black clap board (like they use to differentiate takes on film shoots) Dear Autism Society and Organizers of Aut Fest I am writing to you as an actually autistic person who is very concerned about the fact that you have … Continue reading Open Letter to the Autism Society Regarding Your Decision to Honour Ben Affleck