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On Neuro-Accessibility and Skepticon

I attended Skepticon 8 this month as a first time attendee. I’ve heard wonderful things about this event from many people over the past several years, but it wasn’t feasible for me to go until this year. This time things finally worked out and I was super excited to attend! …

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Autism Is No Excuse For Racist Priorities

Much thanks to Olivia from Skepchick for her help with this post. For some background on what happened with Mark Schierbecker at Skepticon 8 and what happened there I suggest reading the re-caps from Alex at Skepchick, Jason Thibeault at Freethought Blogs, and Feminace on her blog. After the events …

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Two Deaths

Introduction This article was, in a slightly different form, previously published on my personal blog. As it’s not a highly technical piece and because it’s about two remarkable individuals who, each in their own very different ways, did a lot for blind people and were very dear to me personally. …

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Paying For It

One of the things we talk about in disability circles is the common misconception that being disabled means simply being able to do certain things and not able to do other things. In reality, many of us can do difficult things for awhile, but not all the time, and sometimes …

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QED 2015

Introduction People who follow my personal blog would know, the QED conference, held annually in Manchester, England is my favorite skeptical event in any given year. In April, we returned to the UK to attend QED for the third year in a row and, as with the previous two years, …

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Pair-O-Links: Disabilities in Mad Max Fury Road and Why Autism Isn’t Worse than Measles

Kat Overland discusses the complex way in which disability is handled in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Although vaccines don’t cause autism, the idea that it’s better not to vaccinate your kids than to risk them being autistic is completely wrong. More from Sarah Kurchak here. Pair-O-Links will appear …

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When Doctors Discriminate

I am a person with chronic pain. I have an obscure malformation in my neck that causes a lot of problems due to its placement in a busy area. It can’t be fixed. They already tried. b I happen to also have a graduate degree in a field that makes …

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In the Lab with Autism – How My Professors Can Work With Me

Wednesday I went to my chemistry lab class. I’m an undergraduate student, trying to get my BS late in life. The reasons for my delayed education are myriad, but autism is certainly part of the constellation of reasons that I’m a 30-something student in a room full of people born …

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Weekend Question: Accessible Parties?

For those who want to socialize in a group atmosphere, parties can be pretty awesome. They can be a good place to meet people, to see a bunch of friends at once, to network, and to have fun. Unfortunately, they can also prove difficult for many people for a huge …

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Why Many Autistics Dislike Autism Speaks

Over on Skepchick we recently got a question from Paul about the differences between the organization Autism Speaks and alternate viewpoints on autism. He asked: I’d like to hear (read) the Skepchicks’ take on ActuallyAustistic vs. AutismSpeaks. I must confess to only having heard of the former just recently (a …

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