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Video: Rosie King | How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic.

January 14, 2023 · 4 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Social Story

how happy and lucky
it made us feel to know
we had someone we loved
who loved us back

November 1, 2022 · 8 Comments

Video: Louis’ Shoes

Louis, 8-and-a-half years old, is autistic. He arrives at his new school and is about to introduce himself.

October 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tony Gloeggler: World of Wonders

He loves watching cars glide by,
sliding his special pass in the slot
to pay, sitting by a window, feeling
the drum and hum beneath his feet.

August 25, 2022 · 6 Comments

Liron Rozenkrantz, Anila D’Mello: Autistic people challenge preconceived ideas about rationality

Autistic individuals are, on average, more consistent, less biased, and more rational than non-autistic individuals in a variety of contexts.

June 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tony Gloeggler: Cheez-Its

He makes a wounded bird sound
if we have to sit at the bar, wait
for a table, or the waitress brings
his apple juice a bit too slowly

April 28, 2022 · 6 Comments

Michael Luong: Art and Identity on the Spectrum

In observance of Autism Acceptance Month, we asked four illustrators on the autism spectrum to create a self-portrait of themselves. We asked one simple question: As a creative on the autism spectrum, what’s something you would like others to know? 

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tony Gloeggler: Autistic Joy

He freezes, tries not to look at me and places
his hand over his mouth as this boundless
sound spills out, his eyes bubbly blue champagne,
while his body shakes and shivers in happiness.

April 7, 2022 · 8 Comments

Michael Simms: The Dark

The park ranger herded us down
the chained path sloping into the earth
until we came to a cathedral
where columns of rock caught the light
and shimmered.

January 7, 2021 · 29 Comments

Alyssa Sineni: Sharp Edges

This was our childhood.
We were all left
to scavenge the woods

May 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Good Job, Little Man

Before plunging into the grim cauldron that is this week’s news about the ravaging of democracy, decency and our precious, fragile, singular planet, here’s a picture of a small good thing.

August 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: On the Spectrum with Garrison Keillor

Many of the issues people have had with Keillor’s behavior through the years may have been caused by his autism.

August 11, 2019 · 28 Comments

Video: Perfectly Normal

. About award-winning short film Perfectly Normal, director Joris Debeij says: I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: We are a pre-existing condition

Gone is that loathsome sea of smug, suited, doughy, self-righteous, chortling, older white men in the Rose Garden gleefully celebrating the “moral travesty” of passing a billionaires’ tax cut bill … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

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