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Kavin Can’t Even: Don’t be Inane, Autism is Innate. Bleach and Organic Foods Can’t Cure It.

Author’s note: This is the 4th in a series on science-related gaffes that should greatly hinder readers’ ability to “even.” Please share on social media with hashtag #KavinCantEven! While it certainly isn’t a recent phenomenon, the news of parents giving autistic children bleach enemas, otherwise known as “Miracle Mineral Solution,” …

HealthSpecial Needs

You know what else is a public health crisis? Autism.

Like many parents, I spend a lot of my day attempting to not sound totally nuts. For example, last Sunday I made an impassioned plea to the staff at my local YMCA: “Has anyone turned in a hair dryer? It’s not a regular hair dryer, it’s a wall-mounted hair dryer, …

ActivismAges 13-17 (Teen)HumorSpecial Needs

Bath And Body Worked Over: Don’t Keep My Kid Out of Your Shitty Store

Let me tell you a little story about the day I lost my parental shit… It was the year my special needs daughter was turning 18, in my home state of Virginia that means that I had to obtain Guardianship for her. This seemingly mandatory procedure involved two attorneys, a …


Shitcanned With Kids: a Recipe for Disaster.

If you work anywhere, you probably already know that people suck. Well, maybe not people so much as the people you are forced into relationships with suck, people like coworkers or your children. You may try to blame your problems on your actual job but trust me, your job is …

Bully Nation
Ages 13-17 (Teen)EducationSpecial NeedsUncategorized

Your Kid Ain’t All That.

This past week, my Ohioan autistic advocate blood was boiling over the news of bullies who pulled a faux ice bucket challenge on a 14-year-old autistic kid. Bullying happens to kids all of the time but it’s one thing to know it and another to see it. Thanks to the …

HealthPseudoscienceReviewsSpecial Needs

WTF Cure: The Cutler Protocol

Have you ever found yourself at the pharmacy thinking, “now HERE’S a job anyone can do. A bit of math, a decent memory. How hard can it be?” Or looked at your prescription and thought, “you know, I’ll bet I could throw together something twice as effective in my kitchen.” Yeah, me neither; and yet …

Adult ChildrenSpecial Needs

My Twins Turned 20. Don’t I Get a Sticker for This Shit?!

I celebrated my twins’ 20th birthday last week, or as I call it, the 20th anniversary of My Motherhood. I graciously took a moment on my anniversary to celebrate the little turds and I took sometime to pat myself on the back, too. I’ve managed to keep the twins (and …


Why Toni Braxton Is Wrong And Why It Matters

There are a few articles floating around the intertubes about Toni Braxton saying that she believes her son’s autism is due to the fact that she had an abortion.   I shared a link to the story and commented that her believing that God gave her son autism shows to me …

ActivismSpecial NeedsUncategorized

NYT OpEd Skewers Jenny McCarthy but Misses the Dish

Like most parents with an autistic kid, I spent the month of April shuttling my kid (in my case, an adult kid but a kid none the less) from therapeutic recreation classes to doctor’s appointments to over-planned “social events”, still maintaining a small career and creating time for the rest …

PseudoscienceSpecial Needs

UPDATED: When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”

It’s the weekend. You want to go out to eat. You don’t want takeout. You want to sit down and feel fancy, dammit, even if your kids are climbing on you with food smeared on their faces. Maybe you’re thinking about going to Chili’s. If you’re a supporter of science …