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Stimming on Stage: My Experience as an Autistic Entertainer

Being an entertainer on the spectrum is nuts, y’all. When I was a kid, I was practically addicted to spinning. I’d spin and pace in circles just about everywhere – at home, the churchyard at Sunday School, and the playground at recess to the chagrin of many teasing classmates. A couple of decades later, I’d…

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Workplace-Specific Social Skills for Autistic Individuals

Although social skills may not be necessary for your young adult to perform the actual job, they may be needed to help them keep the job or be more socially included at work. The social skills demanded vary from place to place, but there are basic skills that every employee should know. This blog post…

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Apply for a Community Grant

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) at UCLA are co-hosting the Community Grant Competition. This competition supports the design, packaging, and distribution of informational resources that will improve health outcomes for autistic people. This competition recognizes the expertise of community members and aims to empower…

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New California Law Reforms Conservatorships

A new California law will make conservatorship a “last resort,” as noted in an article on the Disability Scoop website. Instead, it promotes alternatives to conservatorship, makes it difficult to set up conservatorships and easier to get out of them, and ensures that even when under a conservatorship, people have choices. The law, which becomes…

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Autism Acceptance as a Late-Diagnosed Parent

Prior to receiving a diagnosis of autism, I struggled with feelings of discomfort and awkwardness. I truly felt like an actor on a stage without a script. Cruel names such as “annoying” and “misfit” have followed me from grade school into adulthood. After enduring years of bullying and harassment from peers and teachers, I became…

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Autism Within the Criminal Justice System

OAR sat down with Haley Moss to get her perspective on safety, criminal justice, and autism. Haley Moss is an attorney, author, advocate, artist, and consultant. Diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old, Moss now uses her personal and professional experience to bring insight and perspective on neurodiversity and inclusion to a broad…

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Autism Within the Criminal Justice System

For this issue looking at safety and the criminal justice system, OAR sat down with Haley Moss to get her perspective on safety, criminal justice, and autism. Haley Moss is an attorney, author, advocate, artist, and consultant. Diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old, Moss now uses her personal and professional experience to…

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How to Evaluate Autism Research

Many autistic people like keeping up with the latest research in the field. Whether you want to self-advocate or gather information for a loved one, you will likely encounter autism research studies as you engage with the autism community. But, the large number of studies published each year can make this space hard to navigate.…

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The Correlation Between Autism and Sexuality and Gender

Sexuality and gender are spectrums, as is autism. People’s sexuality and gender identities do not necessarily conform to specific guidelines. In fact, it is more common for autistic individuals to deviate from gender norms. Gender norms are set ideas that attempt to dictate the ways a person should act, look, and identify based on their…

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