Here, I have compiled various questions I’ve been asked over the years. Some articles I’ve written, some are by other advocates. I encourage you to check all these resources out!

“Nora, what are your disabilities?” 

I was born with neurofibromatosis type 1. I have multiple other health problems that stem from the NF1, though. I am also autistic with complex post traumatic stress disorder

“Why do you say you are autistic, and not that you have autism?”

For me, I have chosen to use identity-first language

Aren’t you high functioning?”

Functioning labels are, quite frankly, ablest nonsense.

Why do you push for autism acceptance over autism awareness?

Glad you asked! I wrote about this a few years ago.

“What is your opinion about Autism Speaks?”

They’re a hate group.

“What is ABA and why are you so against it?”

ABA is child abuse.

So, since you hate Autism Speaks so much, where should I donate?

AWN or Foundations For Divergent Minds.

Why don’t you like your disabilities to be referred to as inspiration?

I can’t say it better than the late Stella Young did I encourage you to watch the video if it’s accessible to you, but otherwise reading the transcript is fine.

What do you mean by sensory overload?

For me, it looks like this or this

What if I have a question that’s not answered here?

Send me an email to Nora@determinedarrow.com !

Last updated November 23, 2020