Category Archives: Autism Awareness

Sesame Street’s “See Amazing” Autism Initiative Gets Everything Right

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Sesame Street’s new autism initiative hits it out of the park, but not everyone agrees. Continue reading

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101 on Autism Diversity, for Autism Awareness Day

Each year, on Autism Awareness Day, I try to go with a slightly different theme. In 2011 I did a piece based around how much I love my son, in 2012 I looked at the difference in awareness campaigns in … Continue reading

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All Blacks, Beauty Queens, Achievement, and Autism.

Today I came across a very interesting article on the New Zealand Herald site, written by Mike Lee. It’s entitled “Naming gay All Blacks marks sexuality, not talent.” The concerns raised in it closely parallel the concerns I have about … Continue reading

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Analysis of NZ Media Autism Stories, 2007-2012.

I frequently search news sites for both local and international stories on autism. I prefer to use New Zealand sites, in order to pick up the local stories that otherwise go unreported from the larger international sources. I decided that … Continue reading

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Multicoloured Mayhem vs Light It Up Blue? Informing, Forming, and Responding to Public Opinion.

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World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) isn’t far off, and always manages to attract a fair amount of both attention and controversy. One of the most controversial aspects of the day (for the Autism community at least) is the way that … Continue reading

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Reply to “Cornering Slim Shady in the Round Barn” re the definition of Neurodiversity

I wrote a post a week ago about the problems with defining “Neurodiversity.” The questions I posed in that piece remain un-answered (and perhaps that is because there are no answers; I will discuss that and its consequences later in … Continue reading

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“I’ll call a kid a zebra…”: Recognising “Fashionable Autism”

People really don’t like being told that the numbers of autistic diagnoses are rising because it has become “fashionable.” It elicits passionate outcries that autism is a genuine condition, and there is genuine suffering going on. And leads to people … Continue reading

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The Errors and Impact of the NZ documentary, “Wired Differently”

In the wake of the passionate and high levels of interest in the autistic Christchurch looter case, “Sunday” released another autism related story last weekend, called “Wired Differently.” Even before the documentary aired, the teaser was under attack for inaccuracies, … Continue reading

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“What are you doing?” An Australian Autism Awareness film for schools

I happened upon this delightful project today. A short-film called “What are you doing?” has been made by an Australian group called “Autism Awareness.” The film will be screened in Australian primary schools later this year, and they are hopeful … Continue reading

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