There are two different camps when it comes to how to refer to us autistics. Person first is how most professionals refer to us. It means you are a person with autism instead of an autistic person. They think it is less offensive and there are people on the spectrum who agree with them. For… Continue reading Identity First Language
Disclaimer: I am a medical marijuana patient in a legal state. I do not encourage or recommend anyone to self-medicate. This is just my own personal experience. I am what the kids call nowadays a stoner. I absolutely love smoking weed. And it truly has been a changing factor in my life. I have horrible… Continue reading Pass Me The Devil’s Lettuce
There has been a lot of talk lately about getting rid of functioning labels, and I could not agree more. I have always been deemed “high-functioning.” I’m verbal, have my license and have gotten married. Seems pretty high-functioning. What people don’t see is me trying to tie my shoes and crying out of frustration because… Continue reading Why Autism Functioning Labels Need To Go
I practice polyamory, which means that I have multiple relationships, both sexual and not. All of my partners are aware of each other and are friends themselves, in case anyone thinks it is a form of cheating, which it is not. Being poly, it means I am not limited to loving just one human, which… Continue reading Monogamy? Not In This Economy
Stimming, glorious stimming. Shall I espouse your greatness? I fucking love to stim. Stimming, for those unaware, is the act of repetitive motion, often used by us autistics to regulate our bodies and emotions. Stimming for me is a huge point of pride. It is not until recently that I have embraced my stimming. I… Continue reading Stimming
Where else better to start than the beginning? I was diagnosed with autism when I was in 6th grade, which is considered rather early for a female. I had been diagnosed with several things before and had been seeing shrinks since I was 4 to see what was "wrong" with me. I lived in a… Continue reading My Autistic Journey
Hello beautiful humans of the interwebs! I am Nera Birch, also known as the Autistic Pinup. I'm a self-advocate who is passionate about sharing my experiences with the wonderful neurodiversity known as autism. I'm just a queer punk rock fairy here to shake up perceptions of what it is to be autistic. I'm here to… Continue reading Welcome!