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Inspired by @AspieHuman. I will make my own thread of being #actuallyautistic and that's OK. (Note: I did not know I am autistic until 25.) 1/
In elementary school in the Hong Kong, I was quiet. I didn't quite fit in with my classmates in an all-boys elementary school. However, I received quite a bit of hazing because of my arts and crafts skills. 2/
In middle school in the USA, it was my first regular exposure to girls in 6 years. There were 2 girls that I liked when I was with them in GATE (short for Gifted and Talented Education program) class. However, my shyness + lack of confidence in English held me back. 3/
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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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It’s not just the general public that misinterprets #Autistic “severity” & hidden meanings from observable behaviours (see analysis in ‘A Tale of Two Ableisms’ by @TheAspergianCom RT @RussellRElliot) re. GretaThunberg & Kodi Lee.

Even professionals can get it wrong.
A so-called body language expert’s interpretation of Greta Thunberg’s #Autistic facial expressions is a case in point. For some time now Greta Thunberg has been a convenient target for unsolicited thoughts from all sorts of people in this world, good and bad.
Yet since most of us have never met Greta or her parents, nearly all of these must be projections from the inner recesses of people’s psyches, good and bad.
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There's this bizarre assumption about the #ActuallyAutistic that "functioning levels" are:

1. A characteristic of the autism.
2. Fixed. Immutable.
3. Something you can gauge from superficial details on twitter.
4. Prevents commentary.

Buckle in, let's talk about these.
First, to address (1), there is no such thing as "High Functioning Autism" or "Low Functioning Autism." These terms literally come out of the attempts to define us into the groups "almost human" and "not human." They have no place in modern discussions medium.com/@waterprincipl…
None. Zip. Zero. Drop them from your vocabulary.

There's some people running around with legacy diagnosis and that's a separate conversation, but for the purposes of modern discourse:

* There's no such thing as "severely autistic."
* There's no such thing as HFA or LFA.
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