In this episode of Living Atypically I discuss coming out as a/Autistic to your family and friends. The tips I give could also apply to coming out as any other kind of neuro-atypical :)
ASAN’s “What is Autism” fact sheet: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AAM-What-Is-Autism.pdf
ASAN’s “Myths About Autism” fact sheet: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AAM-Myths-About-Autism.pdf
[Image Description: Top Left - A black oxford shoe with black laces going down to the toe. The oxford has a lift on the shoe. Top Right - An 1880s child’s brace used to treat club foot. Bottom - A box containing sets of shoes. In the foreground, there are two sets of baby shoes, with their toes cut, connected by a bar. In the mid-ground, there are two red leather loafers that are different sizes. in the background, a brace designed for a child with polio.]
Today, I spent my lunch break exploring the medicine and science collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with curator Katherine Ott (who is awesome and you should follow her on Twitter). Among the many items in the collection are a number of shoes and prosthetics that chronicle rehabilitative sciences influence on the fashion associated with disability.
Among the items shown here are a pair of differently sized loafers that belonged to disability studies scholar Tobin Siebers, one of which belonged to his mother. The same box contains two sets of baby shoes connected with a Denis Browne bar which is used to treat club foot.
Best use of a lunch break ever.
Malcolm S. Medley, director of the EEOC’s Miami district office
The problem with IBD is that there are SO MANY symptoms that you feel like a hypochondriac, especially when no one can see any of your pain and exhaustion.