Tag Archives: Autism

Diversity Among Shadowhunters: Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight

If you’re looking for a good YA series with bisexual, Hispanic, or autistic representation, it might be time to hop on the┬áDark Artifices train, as the second book was just released last Tuesday, May 23. From the author who brought us our first Jewish vampire and an immensely powerful gay warlock comes a new spin-off series from her original The Mortal Instruments world. Today I will review Lady Midnight (Book 1 of The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare, particularly focusing on the minority characters Mark, Christina, and Ty. Continue reading Diversity Among Shadowhunters: Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight

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A Gathering For All: Magic: The Gathering’s Autistic Planeswalker

Narset, Transcendent

In January, an article was posted on the Magic: The Gathering website entitled, “The Truth of Names.” It was a story about a young leader named Alesha, and it was a great example, right off the bat, of Wizards of the Coast including cool, strong, interesting women in M:tG. But then, as I continued reading, I realized this wasn’t just a great story about a leading female character – it was a story about a transgender character:

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Lighting it Up Blue For Autism Awareness

imageBeing a geek and a special education teacher has given me a really unique look at different abilities. The words “geek” and “nerd” are defined by overwhelming passion for one’s interests or hobbies. In a very similar fashion, “fixation” is a word that typically gets associated with autism. Geekdom is a safe space for everyone to be themselves, and not feel self-conscious, and most importantly, love a topic unabashedly. What gets clinically called “fixation” by doctors, psychologists, and educators, becomes admirable and encouraged within nerdy realms.

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