Disabled Not "Special Needs"

Disabled Not "Special Needs"

This post is just from my perspective and I obviously do not speak for all disabled people. If another disabled person prefers the term special needs, then I definitely value their choice and think that that language should be used for them.

I think that often people try to use the term special needs, differently abled or whatever other term, to avoid using the word disabled as they see it as something to hide from or something that needs to be ‘softened’ but I am tired of my disability being softened not just in language but in how I am expected to exist for the comfort of others.

JESSICA LIPSCOMB
Christmas as an Autistic Person

Christmas as an Autistic Person

Christmas can be a very stressful time & experience Neurodivergent Lou has created this post to talk about some triggering aspects, as well as some ways to help yourself as an Autistic person or a supportive Neurotypical.
JESSICA LIPSCOMB
Does Teaching Your Child AAC Seem Intimidating?

Does Teaching Your Child AAC Seem Intimidating?

When it comes to teaching and learning communication: You can’t break your kid. You can’t break your device. You can’t permanently mess up the kid nor the AAC software or device. Chillax and just do it. If you mess up, learn to fix it. Teach your kid how to fix it. Learn how to fix it in front of them. Bottom line is the more they see their people use AAC, the sooner they will learn to use AAC.
JESSICA LIPSCOMB
How Comparing Autistic People to Superheroes Does More Harm Than Good

How Comparing Autistic People to Superheroes Does More Harm Than Good

"In this post, when I refer to the superhero narrative, I mean anything that compares autistic people to a superhero, suggests that autistic people have super powers or that autism itself is a super power. See the examples on the second slide.

I am just sharing my opinion as an autistic person as to why the superhero narrative is harmful however, I definitely do not police autistic people's use of language for themselves if they would like to describe their autism as a superhero etc.

JESSICA LIPSCOMB
Alternative Phrases to "You Don't Look Autistic"

Alternative Phrases to "You Don't Look Autistic"

"I am aware that when people use this phrase, they often think this is a compliment. They say this with the assumption that Autism is inherently bad a by saying we don't look Autistic, they are complimenting us. Although it can come from good intentions, the phrase can be harmful and to me, it feels like [it] is a product of the ablest society that we exist in.

JESSICA LIPSCOMB
Debunking 7 Ableist Autistic Phrases

Debunking 7 Ableist Autistic Phrases

"I think that part of these different ableist phrases are people not being educated on Autism and not being able to recognize what is myth and what is true about disability. Hence why I have made this post, amongst a series of posts on this topic, to try and ease the burden that Autistic people face in feeling obliged to cope with or educate people when faced with some of these phrases. I hope too that it explains to neurotypical people how some of these phrases are harmful."
JESSICA LIPSCOMB