Category: Autism Related

  • Benchmarking Disability – Religion and Politics

    The first thing I need to do with this article is to “disclaim.” I’m not suggesting a “real” or “complete” process for “benchmarking” disability. Rather, I intend to talk about the consideration of the seriousness of various disabilities as well as what considerations can and probably should be used to “benchmark” disability. One of the […]

  • Symptoms – On Abstract Concepts – Autism

    Do you remember the first time you played the children’s game of “Tag” or of “Hide and Seek?” Many may not, but they remember having played the game or games in question any number of times after that first. As for me, I don’t recall playing any such game until I was well into my […]

  • Maybe They’re Not Horrible Parents – Religion and Politics

    Pretty much every time I see a parent somewhere “in the public eye,” dealing with a child or with children that seem entirely unruly, I ask myself a simple, obvious question. Is this person, or are these people, “a bad parent,” or “bad parents?” A lot of folks would hold this to be more ore […]

  • Symptoms Your Expecatations vs His Behavior – Autism

    I’ve written a couple of pieces in a row about the idea of “symptoms” of Autism. The first thing you should understand, is that what I refer to as “symptoms” are more or less properly referred to as “behaviors.” I use the word “symptoms,” because for Autistic folks—at least some of them—behaviors are a matter […]

  • Symptoms – Largest Concerns – Autism

    For the last couple of things I’ve written for my blog, I have focused on a couple of main ideas. The first I’ll mention, is the idea that if you don’t seek to know and understand an Autistic person, you will be hard put to deal with them in any reasonable or meaningful way. This […]

  • On Symptoms – Autism

    In my last article related to Autism, I talked about the idea that one’s ability to relate to folks so diagnosed, is based on the ability and willingness to actually get to know the person in question in order to do so. In this post, I wanted to take a moment to deal with some […]

  • Is Autism One Thing?- Autism

    I would be the very first to acknowledge that the medical community in the United States has done a great deal towards prolonging the life and improving the health of U.S. Residents. That’s not to say that worldwide medical community cannot be lauded to degrees more or less substantial than that of the United States, […]

  • Motivation and Disability – Religion and Politics

    As with just about any other thing in life, understanding of two subjects that seem separate from one another, but in reality are strongly related—in this case, motivation and disability—is not a simple thing with which to come to grips. To begin with, the two seem entirely unrelated on first glance, and it’s not until […]

  • More on Self-Identification – Religion and Politics

    In a previous article (, I spent time talking about the concept of “self-identification” and the problems with it. As I argued in that article, as a rule external identification is preferable to self-identification, though it is not nearly always even close to perfect. Looking back, one thing I do not appear to have discussed […]

  • Foundations, Charities and Donations – Autism

    Much of what I write is a direct result of things that are said on the Internet. That’s less true for things related to Autism, where non-Internet “real life” tends to “trump” things I see and hear online. This post is no exception. I write this particular piece as a result of a conversation I […]