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The student news site of Linganore High School

The Lance

The student news site of Linganore High School

The Lance

Though the puzzle piece may seem like a harmless symbol to some, for the autistic community, the symbol is a degrading and demoralizing representation that has many ableist undertones.

Do not label me as a puzzle piece!

by Alexis Simmerman, Editor April 6, 2022

Mental illnesses have a long and frankly terrifying history revolving around how they are seen and treated. While it might seem common for us now, treatment for conditions only started to be considered...

Author Alexis Simmerman, demonstrates that masks make it hard to decipher emotions from one another, much like how autism and ADHD does.

An atypical opinion: I’ll keep my mask, thank you.

by Alexis Simmerman, Editor March 17, 2022

The past two years have been difficult for most people as Covid basically made the world spiral out of control. It’s made it harder for people to actively socialize with others with social distancing,...

There are a number of autistic characters, such as Julia (Sesame Street), Entrapta (She-ra), Sherlock Holmes, Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor), Symmetra (Overwatch), Astrid Farnsworth (Fringe), and Max Jerry Horovitz (Mary and Max)

A distorted media mirror: We need better autism role models in television, film

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter April 21, 2021

What do we love about Sherlock Holmes?  He is a quirky, brilliant, violin-playing, perceptive detective. Yet for all of his skills, he doesn’t give members of the autism spectrum much of a well-rounded,...

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