So Chris Rock is autistic.

"His decision to seek meaningful a friend’s suggestion he may have Asperger’s. It prompted a nine-hour battery of cognitive tests earlier this year, from which doctors diagnosed Rock with a condition called nonverbal learning disorder" 1/3
"or NVLD. As he’s come to understand it, he has tremendous difficulty with non-verbal signals — which doesn’t sound too drastic until, as he explains, you consider that some 80 percent of communication is nonverbal. "And all I understand are the words," he says." 2/3
Of course, even when it's a celebrity, someone who's not a white cis man can't get an autism diagnosis. #DisabilityTooWhite 3/3
While you're here, please help #FreeOsimeBrown who is black and autistic, will be deported soon, and went to prison for preventing a cell phone theft -


NVLD is at the very least, a neurodivergent condition. It is not actually listed in the DSM and the differences between ASD and NVLD are quite minimal especially in an adult.

This is my reasoning for saying autistic, feel free to disagree -

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A lot of the qualities that we claim to foster are qualities that contribute to ableism."

@AcademicChatter #HigherEd #Diversity #DisabledInSTEM #AcademicAbleism

1/6 Powerpoint slide: Academic ...
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@commaficionado I think there are a few things that lead up to this notion.

1. Especially for autistic adults, this notion of us experiencing a sort of collective trauma.
2. The lack of accurate info about autistic people in general.
3. When parents unprovoked, say to us that we know nothing
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2. in pain from said noise, which is why they're avoiding it.

I'd have a LOT of nickels.
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Please contact me through email or in-person if I am not providing proper accommodations to you as a student with a disability. I will truly try my best to accommodate you. 2/3
Please contact me if you have issues with the attendance policy in this syllabus, particularly regarding your disability. I will try my best to be an advocate for you as a student. 3/3
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But me personally?

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