Q & A

People who haven’t come across the Neurodiversity Movement, or are new to the world of neurologically based disability, might find some terms and ideas on my website that they are not familiar with. This section of the site is where I will post some information that should help with that.

If you look around here and still need answers, send me an email at hellomichelleswan@gmail.com or leave a comment here and I’ll see if I can help you out. I might even add your question here with an answer if I can see others would benefit from reading too.


why don't you like ABA? Hello Michelle Swan

Why don’t you like ABA?

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a behaviour modification therapy that is commonly used to “treat” the “symptoms” of Autism (If you’ve read much of my writing previously you’ll know I don’t think autism is an illness with symptoms that requires treatment, but for the sake of making a point I’ll go with those words for … Continue reading Why don’t you like ABA?

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What is Autism?

Autism means many things to many people, and not much to others. I could attempt to tell you what it means to me, but instead of using a lot of words to try to explain Autism to you, I am simply going to quote the best article I have ever read on the topic. 

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autistic or person with autism Hello Michelle Swan

Why do you say “autistic” instead of “person with autism”?

5 years ago I was writing about autism, but I wasn’t yet publicly identifying as autistic.  I knew I thought I was autistic, but hadn’t yet gone through the process needed to become comfortable saying it out loud where people would hear me. So, the first time I wrote about the discussion of identify first … Continue reading Why do you say “autistic” instead of “person with autism”?

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