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Autism is a term used to denote a spectrum of sensory and information processing differences from what is considered neurotypical that usually develop (or become noticeable) by the age of two. These can vary from extremely severe symptoms that require constant support (such as nonverbal communication, extreme sensory sensitivity, and self-harming behaviors) to more minor—yet significant—variations, such as having difficulty interpreting nonverbal cues or metaphorical or idiomatic language; sensory sensitivities to specific sounds, tastes, or clothing; or a need to “stim” or produce repetitive sounds or motions in order to release distress or process intense emotion. While autistic people are capable of deep emotion, empathy, and human connection, they may not express themselves in ways that the larger culture expects them to, leading to misunderstanding and criticism. The best way to learn about and understand autism is to listen to what many #ActuallyAutistic voices are now sharing.

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The World Needs All Kinds of Minds | Temple Grandin

Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss.

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NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea

Judy Singer is generally credited with the coinage of the word that became the banner for the last great social movement to emerge from the 20th century.

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Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood

There’s a saying in the community: “If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person.” Virtually any generalization is going to be wrong.

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See the World through Her Asperger Eyes: Wendy Lampen at TEDxDelft

Wendy Lampen works as a lecturer for a university of applied sciences. She got diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome herself. Trained as a teacher in English, History and Ethics she later on worked with adolescents with autism in a school setting.

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Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking

Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking is a collection of essays written by and for Autistic people.

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Getting an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

The shift toward greater awareness of autism means that people who did not get diagnosed in childhood may pursue diagnosis as adults.

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Attention Regulation: The Difference Between ADHD and Autism (Explaining The Neurodiversity Rainbow)

This video explains in pictures the difference between ADHD and autism and the neurodiversity rainbow.

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Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

Originally published in 1995 as an unprecedented look at autism, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person to give a report from “the country of autism.

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When Neurodiversity Works

“When Neurodiversity Works” is a documentary that follows four individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their journey to find meaningful work and independence.

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Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

The future of our society depends on our gifted children--the population in which we'll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf.

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