So much good stuff out there on the interwebs…
Autisms and Oughtisms: Society is your “special treatment”
For the non-disabled people of this world, society is their special treatment. The rules we create and how we disseminate them; the social expectations we hold of each other and the way we enforce them; the way employment is gained, held and sought; the way education is made available and experienced, and the results of that education tested and regarded. Life in this society is already set up to advantage those who don’t need the advantages; the non-disabled majority.
Musings of an Aspie: Monday Mourning
The Atlantic looks at dating on the spectrum
In fact, people with autism may have greater emotional capacities. “Studies have shown that people with autism can have feelings that are stronger and deeper than those without autism,” said John Elder Robison, bestselling author of Look Me in the Eyes and autism advocate. “Yet those feelings may be invisible to outsiders because we don’t show them. Because we don’t show them or the expected response, people make the wrong assumption about our depth of feeling about other people.”
The New Republic on how schools are failing non-conformist children. Slate has a good summary here.
A Christian Thing: Fear in a Handful of Dust: Christianity and OCD
I can learn to trust God in the same way I learn to trust the rules that govern a reasonable world made by him, and I can rely on this trust conveyed by others when my own reason goes haywire.