Why did I go to such lengths? Because I personally think it's very important to have an impartial source for people to go to and learn about the spectrum, and there aren't many like it out there. The information focused on is still different from a lot of what you hear on other websites, namely because most websites focus on parent perspectives and young children, as opposed to people on the spectrum themselves and adults, but the articles in the website outside of the blog are still as impartial as I can possibly make them and focus on being informative rather than persuasive.
This blog is where that impartiality ceases and I may choose to write persuasively. If I convey an opinion that clashes with your own, please don't let this influence your thoughts on the rest of the website. If you thought it was written impartially before you read the blog, it probably was. I'm warning of this in advance because in this section, among other things, I will leave open the possibility of addressing the controversies element of autism discussions - causes, treatments, organizations, research, etc - and those tend to trigger certain reactions in others.
So should you feel that if you read something in this blog which disagrees with an autism-related belief you hold near and dear, you will value this website as a whole less, see the rest of it as not being as impartial as I can make it (or not as impartial as what you previously thought), etc, please stop reading now. The rest of the website is far more important than the blog, in my opinion, and I'd rather your opinion of it and of me remain untarnished.
That said, I do have a lot of stances with regards autism that I had to filter out of the rest of the website to avoid taking sides in controversial subjects, and would like an area where I can express the full idea of autism as I see it. I run into so many incidents day to day that deal with autism (I had three just in this past weekend that I would really like to blog about, although I'll just start with one) and often I think that others could also benefit from hearing about them, too.
Another disclaimer before I start writing this blog: I am not a professional. I am not all-knowing in the realm of autism. I know this and want others to know this as well, which is why it's on the bottom of every page on this website. (Although, on a tangent, you should take what professionals say with a grain of salt, too. A degree raises the likelihood that someone knows what they're talking about...but professionals are just as human as the rest of us.) These are my thoughts as a sibling and well-read person who has met a lot of people on the spectrum - nothing more.
So if after that REALLY long disclaimer you still want to read the blog - let's get started!