Monday, 23 September 2013

Monday Muster

Happy Monday, dears.  Have some lovely tulips:

A Colorful Evening
Photo by Sandeep Pawar
I haven't done a Monday Muster for a couple of weeks, because even though they're just a bunch of links to other people's stuff they still take a while to put together, and I'm working at the moment so I don't have much of that to spare.  So this is an assortment of stuff from the last few weeks...

Are you autistic, either officially or self diagnosed?  Life on the Spectrum is running a poll to see how many of us have been to counselling.  Vote here.  77% of respondents had voted 'yes', at time of writing.

Have you heard about the game in development called Thralled?  It sounds fascinating, and if it makes it to completion I hope there's a PC version so I can have a go.

Where Bloggers Blog is an interesting blog if you're up for having a vicarious peep into other people's homes.   It's exactly what it sounds like - a series of photos showing where people sit while blogging.  It covers the full spectrum of spaces from chic homes that don't look like places where real people even live, through to disaster zones cluttered with shit that look like my own workspace.  There are also the occasional laptop perched in a park or cafe, and at least one submission from the lavatory.

Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg from Disability and Representation takes on the often-avoided issue of disabled people's over-representation among the homeless:

"The most obvious are the people with visible disabilities: people who use wheelchairs but can only move them by shuffling their feet, people who need wheelchairs but can’t afford them, people who use walkers and push chairs on which all of their belongings are piled, people who are blind but have no cane and no guide dog.  Then there are the people who are  mentally ill: the ones who talk to the voices they hear, the vets with PTSD, the men and women labouring under severe depression. And then there are the ones with invisible disabilities: the middle-aged man who stims and rocks and self-talks at the bus stop, the older fellow with leg and back injuries, the young man who understands everything but has trouble speaking in words..."

Wired has an interesting piece on the neurodiversity movement:

"Empowered by the Internet, autistic self-advocates, proud dyslexics, unapologetic Touretters, and others who think differently are raising the rainbow banner of neurodiversity to encourage society to appreciate and celebrate cognitive differences, while demanding reasonable accommodations in schools, housing, and the workplace."

In this week's baffling science news, a preliminary US study has found that children with an autism diagnosis have doubled branches in their lower airways, potentially meaning you could tell empirically if someone's autistic by having a look in their lungs.  Dr Barbara Stewart, who did the research after noticing a number of autistic patients with 'doublets' in their airways, says this configuration is something that develops as a foetus.  That's significant, because if this lung business is confirmed it nails once and for all the argument about whether you're born with autism or whether you develop it later due to environmental factors.  You can read more here, or watch the video: