Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

Citing My Posts

MLA: Zisk, Alyssa Hillary. "Post Title." Yes, That Too. Day Month Year of post. Web. Day Month Year of retrieval.

APA: Zisk, A. H. (Year Month Day of post.) Post Title. [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Some Stuff You Should Look At Today

A Vaccine Survey
It's for a person's college research project, and she's just sharing the link to it on Tumblr, so it's clearly an open survey. Give her educated answers? (You know, things like vaccinating because science or not vaccinating because actual medical reasons, none of this "but vaccines give you autism!" malarkey that I know some people spout. It's only eight questions. It's multiple choice except for one question that can be answered thoroughly with something as quick as "yes because science." It took me about two minutes.

Autism Speaks does not speak for autistic people (trigger warning on the link)
This is an Op-Ed piece on Tuftsdaily. It does a good job explaining what's wrong with Autism Speaks. Predictably, there is a (Facebook) commenter from an Age of Autism editor. I also commented there with the Facebook page of  this blog, since support is always nice. I know from experience- when you say that you are not a tragedy, the folk who want to silence Autistics come out in droves, usually with some variant of "too high functioning to matter." Getting at least something up there that says "This post is good. I, too, am autistic, and I agree with this, and by the way, here is a non-speaking Autistic who keeps getting called low functioning and has these medical issues and still doesn't like Autism Speaks" might not keep the silencers from trying, but it might at least make the undecided think. Go read. Go give Finn some support. He did just make the fact that he is autistic Google-able with his full name, after all. That takes courage. (I admit: I've not done it.)

Live from the Autism Self-Advocacy Network
Yes, there is a typo in the title. It's the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, not Autism Self-Advocacy Network. The fact remains that this is a good article to read. It's an important article to read. It's on a good note. It's from a person who went in kind of afraid of autism (ok, very afraid of autism) and realized that Autistic people really aren't that scary. Different, certainly, but not scary. It's good for restoring faith in the fact that decent non-autistic people exist in the world of autism, since the writer is not autistic.

Free access to highly cited journals through December!
This link takes you to the page that lists the psychology ones, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Note that you can download and save the PDFs to read later. Also note that this applies to many journals besides psychology ones. Go forth and download papers to read! Go forth and become more educated and have more citing stuff power and be able to explain stuff. Yay science. Except most autism science is pretty terrible. Oh well, at least we can know what they are saying about us. Plus I got ahold of some articles about nanotechnology and math, both of which are things where most research is good. Go forth and SCIENCE.

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