Shame and the Unwanted Identity by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

"…I do not exist without autism, neither do my boys. The way my brain thinks is who I am and autism is the way my brain thinks…."

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On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part I of the “Padded Room” Situation)

On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part 1 of the “Padded Room Situation) Note: This is one of those posts that I hesitate to write in a public space, […]

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To Label or Not to Label By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

To Label or Not To Label By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara Soon after the day that my husband made the ground breaking revelation that my son Jeremy was “just odd […]

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Autism and Sensitivity, By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

After writing my last post on autism stigma and Autism Speaks and commenting on the posts of others on the same topic, I began to feel anxious, depressed, faint and nauseous. These are feelings that I am accustomed to having before, during and after many social interactions in person and online, whenever they extend past pleasantries and into the murky territory of feelings…

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I Like People by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

I Like People by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara I like people. Liking people doesn’t mean that I won’t disagree with a person’s opinion or dislike some of their choices. For me, liking someone […]

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From One Parent to Another — Emeliesvoice.wordpress.com

Originally posted on Emelie's Voice:
Parenting is exhausting. No one ever questions that. You pour yourself into these little beings hoping and praying you are doing everything right for…

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Autistic Traits and Ability, by Rachel McNamara

Autistic Traits and Ability by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara I have a preference to associate autistic traits with ability rather than disability. An autistic trait is a characteristic that tends to be more […]

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