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If Anti-Racism makes you feel uncomfortable,

🗣 That's Not My Problem

#ActuallyAutistic #AutisticWhileBlack #AllAutistics #BlackLivesMatter
"It's divisive rhetoric and does not represent the views of all autistic. This type of post is triggering other members and we are a support community. This post can go on a personal page but in this group we talk about autism."
THIS is the gut response that you get that illustrates exactly how autistic groups & spaces are typically modeled

Concepts like anti-racism is only "divisive" to those who prefer to be comfortable w1 their racism & the racism of others

If it's a trigger, then work that shit out
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What LOOKS like ‘stubbornness’ in an autistic is really ‘an innate need to understand the request and its reason’ before unnecessarily expending precious mental resources, wasting time and possibly subjecting ourselves to emotional and sensory overload.
What LOOKS like ‘black-and-white thinking’ in an autistic is really ‘needing cold, hard facts so that we can form our own conclusions and a mental framework to make sense of it all’.

Changing variables (place, context, rules) without warning tears the framework (and us) down.
What LOOKS like ‘unusual and restrictive interests’ is really ‘following our passions regardless of their supposed normalcy, and a relentless drive to figure out how they work from the bottom up’.

If our interests are deemed useful and socially acceptable, they go unnoticed.
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The DSM-5 Autism criteria, translated by an autistic.

A thread.

#AllAutistics #AutismAwarenessMonth #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAcceptance
“Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, abnormal social approach, failure of normal conversation”

Autistic translation: We succeed at getting to the point and skipping the formalities. We don’t know when it’s our turn, so we either interrupt, keep quiet or meow.
“Reduced sharing of interests, emotions or affect”

Autistic translation: We want to share our special interests, but eventually learn to keep it to ourselves. We may share emotions but can’t describe them. So we keep a straight face.
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🎭The Masked Autistic Quiz🎭

If you’ve spent your life ‘faking normal, you might not look autistic to the casual observer. So I’ve made a questionnaire that’s tailored to the masking autistic adult.

#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics
This isn’t an official test, and I am not a doctor. But if you find yourself answering ‘yes’ to many of these questions, you might want to look into the possibility that you’re an undiagnosed autistic.
1. Have you ever felt as if you were missing the built-in instruction manual that everyone else seemed to possess?

Did you spend an inordinate amount of time learning to copy the behavior of other kids so that they wouldn’t realize you were different?
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The autism spectrum represents differences in cognition, sensory processing, verbal communication, adaptability, repetitive behaviors, social awareness, and so forth.

If each difference has its own color, then we aren’t just ‘on’ the spectrum. We’re all over it.
The autism spectrum also changes for each person over time.

Somebody may be ‘high functioning’ in certain areas under normal circumstances, but lower functioning during shutdown or burnout.
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

Thank you :-) Graffiti background. Foreground in black letters on a  white background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”<br />
This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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Thread: #autism #employment statistics are unreliable but 44 years of working has taught me this: #autistic people struggle to reach their full potential unless organisational culture and environmental issues are addressed.
I once did some work on job design and evaluation for the NHS. In attempting to improve #employment outcomes for #autistic people we often start in the wrong place. It’s no good trying to fit people into roles that are unsuitable, and this applies to working environments too.
A degree of mutual adaptation is possible, but true workplace inclusion begins with design.
We have plenty of information about common challenges experienced by autistic people - our #sensory and #communication differences are well-defined.
So what seems to be the problem?
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This thread is in response to a recent thread by @leoniedelt that was interesting & provocative & hopefully won’t be a magnet for trolls, but as it stands, deserves a healthy debate.

As a bereaved parent & multiple trauma survivor & a psychiatrist of 30 years & a multiply

#Disabled #ActuallyAutistic & #AutisticParent, I am very accustomed to being a member of heterogenous groups that share one overarching life experience that sets them apart from the rest of society.

In a bereaved parents’ group, we are there to support one another


Everyone is in the same boat, having suffered unimaginable loss, so it really isn’t cool to create a hierarchy of suffering based on how old your child was when they died or their cause of death or how many children died or how many are still alive or

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Dear parents, teachers, & employers of autistics. Today, I'm celebrating that my child ate half a yogurt and 3/4 of a PB&J for breakfast. She used a spoon for the yogurt and made it half way through before getting a bit upset because she spilled a lot & was getting overwhelmed.
Before, a PB and J would've been a no-go. She wouldn't eat anything with more than one visible ingredient. She will eat cheese (alone), or bread (alone), but never both at the same time. She's sometimes eat peanut butter on a spoon because it doesn't spill off.
This didn't just happen. This was the result of three years of trying different things, of eating tons of pureed food in pouches, and of grand efforts that were futile in execution. But not once was there force, punishment, or shaming. Just low-demand encouragement.
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#AskingAutistics #ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics

Forms of affection other than 'standard' physical contact (e.g. hugs, hand-holding), eye contact, and saying 'I love you'.
Please reply with any you can think of.
Saying 'I like you'. For some reason, 'I love you' is considered this massive thing, yet 'I like you' is barely thought of. I find something very profound in it and think liking someone can be just as important as loving them.
Giving them a nice rock.

Rocks are good.

Though I would probably feel bad about moving the rock from it's "natural habitat".
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#Autistic people and industrial action: A THREAD.

Anyone who either follows me, or works in a UK higher education institution at the moment, probably won’t have missed the fact that members of UCU will be taking strike action from 25 November to 4 December... 1/
I thought I’d put together some thoughts on the potential impact of industrial action on autistics – whether they are participating or not. To make clear: I AM participating in the action. To make clear: I AM participating in the action... 2/
However, whilst striking is difficult for anyone, there are extra layers of difficulty for many autistics like me who might be doing so. (Caveat: I only speak for myself, but there are some generalisations that follow which will be quite widely applicable to others)... 3/
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How Autistics Are Mistaken for Shoplifters: A THREAD.

#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics #Retail #LossPrevention
I've spent half of my life in retail, and was pretty good at spotting shoplifters.

But since being diagnosed with autism, I realized that I was really learning how to spot autistics.

Here are the ways autistics are mistaken for shoplifters:
1. Fidgeting:
Autistics often fidget or ’stim’ to self-regulate in stressful or overstimulating environments. It doesn't mean that we're nervous about pocketing your merchandise.
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I'm going to talk a bit about an experience I just had.
So I was saying my experience with a situation that wasnt racist but felt kinda upsetting to me and a group of people got mad at me for talking about it. Once I said I was autistic, one of them apologized and said
I seemed tone deaf. Which I probably was (and am).
If they had moe awareness and acceptance of autism instead of calling me a troll (which they did) and getting upset at me they may have thought that I was autistic and treated me with that empathy of "they may not understand
All of our social norms and we should expect them to."
This is why we need awareness. This I why we need acceptance

#Neurodiversity #AllAutistics #ActuallyAutistic
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A thread on being diagnosed as #ActuallyAutistic before most people knew that #AllAutistics existed.
I’m 50 next year.
I was diagnosed aged 13.
36 years ago.
Many autistics my age are only recently diagnosed. How have our lives differed?...1/13
...At least I’ve known as an adult WHY I was different to others. I didn’t have their doubt, that feeling of being an alien ALONE on this planet – I knew there were others like me, even if it took me well over a decade to meet any...2/13
...I still had to mask though. I couldn’t TELL anyone about my #autism because until recently they didn’t know what it meant. If they knew anything of autism it was usually down to Rain Man or some tragedy story on the news. People like me who...3/13
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I finally took an improv class at @SecondCityTO. It was super fun b/c the instructor let me observe rather than interact so I was able to learn a bunch of really useful info. Then came the angry abusive desk clerk who unloaded on me saying I'd been "aggressive this whole time"...
@SecondCityTO When I gave my credit card to pay, he refused to give it back because "collateral" then threatened to call the police. I have no idea what he was on but it was terrible. I told him he could us inclusivity training because he was treading in lawsuit territory. His response was...
@SecondCityTO ask me what my disability was. I told him he couldn't ask that. He then asked the instructor if I'd been giving him trouble then proceeded to comment derisively on my stimming (I was trying to keep calm).

It was awful, y'all.

This is why we are at risk in the world.
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The MYTH of #HighFunctioningAutism

(sorry, long thread; also about #ABA, but PLEASE try to read it!)

For skeptics who believe an #Autistic with a job or a profession or a child or a relationship leads a life similar to a #Neurotypical (#Allistic), please read this./1
Also, to #AutismParents wanting an #Autistic child to grow up looking & acting “normal” & considering #ABA, please read on.

This is a 2-hour snapshot from my fairly functional day as an #ActuallyAutistic, outwardly very “successful” #Neurotypical-appearing health professional./2
The following represents a particularly SERENE 2-hour slice of my day, a lot less harrowing than the rest of it.

In other words, this is #AutisticMasking at its LEAST taxing./3
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Full diagnosis journey of an autistic woman. A thread.

This thread explains signs of autism that I was either fully aware of or spoke to doctors about, since childhood, through my 20s and up to formal dx at 31. Sharing in case others find it useful. #AllAutistics #autism /1
I've tweeted before about how I felt different as a child. I missed social cues and context, had sensory/sleep issues. But I was mostly quiet and cooperative with no developmental delays. I even had friends. So no one suspected autism. /2
I got through school OK. At university, I hit a rough period in 2nd year. I don't know if it was burnout or overwhelm or what, but I skipped a whole lot of class and work, and barely passed the year. Around exam time, I experienced periods of acute anxiety for several weeks. /3
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Thread: Careering through life as an #UndercoverAutistic

I've had 30+ jobs in 40+ years but then I only discovered last year I'm #ActuallyAutistic

As a child my career aspirations were:
a) nun
b) lighthouse keeper
c) almoner*

*hospital social worker #AllAutistics 1/
In the sixth form my art teacher got me a Saturday job at a picture framer's. My main role was making excuses when customers phoned.

A trip to buy supplies with the owner turned dodgy but luckily I had the presence of mind to get away.

#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics 2/
In my university vacations I worked back to back shifts in a bakery and local cinema to save up money.

On my first shift in the cinema the senior usherette threw hot tea over me. I was promoted to cashier and removed to the box office, out of harm's way #ActuallyAutistic 3/
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Saying No While Autistic: a thread

When most people receive a verbal request or suggestion, they take a quick second to evaluate the request and choose a response.

But part of my masking is that I often skip evaluation & go straight to Yes #NeurodiverseSquad #AllAutistics /1
Because I need those extra split seconds to craft a socially appropriate response. The only time I actually evaluate is if there's an obvious logical flaw.

This makes me appear to be a great employee. You ask me for something, I provide it, all of it, no questions asked. /2
It's not until coworkers or friends get to know me that they start to ask, "Did you... just do all that (or say all that) without even thinking if you should?" and the answer is yes.

I often don't take time to reflect because I need all my response time for social processing./3
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Thread: reflections on very late autism diagnosis #AllAutistics #ActuallyAutistic

In the 12 months since my autism diagnosis aged 58 I haven't written a blog or a best-selling book, gone on an adventure or found inner peace. But then I am still recovering from burn out. 1/
My deficit-focused autism diagnosis triggered an existential crisis even though it was done kindly. Being made aware of differences other people see as weaknesses compromised my self confidence. 2/
My mind is still replaying scenes from the past - looking at things through an autism lens - re-examining experiences and packing them away again. It's exhausting. 3/
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I've been very ill lately. Functionally bedridden and on death's doorstep. There were hours in the last two weeks that I thought might be my last. What I'm about to say might be a mistake, but I am going to say it anyway. Trigger warning for completed suicides and bullying.
When I first told my closest living friend about being autistic, it was the first person I'd told other than my husband. This was her response. A chat conversation where a woman tells the account holder that her autism is fucking bullshit and then says she is blocking her on social media.
Though she knew I was going to be tested, she'd continued to use the word Asperger's. I'd been helping her through the process of understanding her son and autism. I loved her deeply. I still do. But she blocked me on social media and told everyone before I was ready to come out.
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Autism in academia. A thread.

#Autistic people often have intense interests. These can quite quickly become areas of specialism & expertise.
Presumably, universities would have high numbers of autistic people, surely?
#ActuallyAutistic #AllAutistics #AutisticsinAcademia /1
It's hard to know.

I began my PhD 10 years ago. I've yet to meet a scholar or student who is openly autistic. I am literally the only one I know. I 'network' a lot, I've worked in 3 institutions.
Not one person.
On Twitter, there are a fair few of us. Many autistic scholars specialise in autism research. This is extremely important. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

Why is it so hard to find other autistic academics 'on the ground'?
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