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I don’t have many friends. The few I do have are long distance friendships or I see them only once or twice a year. I struggle to maintain friendships because others often expect more out of me than I have to give. But I’m happy. Anyone relate?#ActuallyAutistic #AskingAutistics
Growing up I would have “one friend at a time” because I could keep track of one friend (often fawning over them inappropriately). It was never good to “put all my eggs in one basket” because if my friend moved I would suddenly find myself alone & in need of a new friend.
Making new friends is always difficult, because I struggle to read new people. I can “memorize” the mannerisms and preferences of a person to learn to work around them but a new person is an unpleasantly fresh slate. #ActuallyAutistic
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A few gentle reminders (thread):

1. Neurodiversity is not ‘extremist’, it simply means humans have a variety of brains

2. Autistic people who celebrate autism and don’t want to be cured can (and do) consider autism a disability. They are not mutually exclusive views.
3. The #ActuallyAutistic hashtag means the person tweeting is autistic. That is all. This is also not ‘extremist’. (NTs please don’t misuse it - if you want our attention use #AskingAutistics 🙂)
4. If an individual, or even a few individuals, tweet abuse and they are part of the neurodiversity/ actually autistic community... they are just individuals tweeting abuse. They do not represent me or the group at large. You cannot extrapolate and conclude we are all abusive.
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Hey, how's this for autism 'awareness' month: some percentage of you who are reading this tweet are #actuallyAutistic and aren't aware of it.

I'm going to post a bunch of questions I wish I had been asked in this context, years ago. This is not diagnosis! But it's instructive.
Do you need a lot of time alone? Even in a relationship or family, even when you really love the other people in your life, even (especially?) when there isn't anything particularly pressing for you to do?
Do loud noises cause you distress? Or background sounds that won't quiet stop? Do you prefer to keep the lights off? Are there foods you can't eat or fabrics you can't wear because the textures just "feel bad" in a way you can't explain?
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Hey, I’ve asked this before but wanted to do another round. #ADHD #AskingAutistics #Neurodiversity folks in online communities:

What are some obstacles you encounter in online spaces? What practices feel exclusionary or difficult to navigate? What would you like to see change?
DMs are open if you’d like to remain anonymous and I love unfiltered text walls of info-dumping, so don’t worry about masking for my benefit if that’s holding you back in any way. 💜
I’m thinking in terms of online social justice spaces, and digital organizing spaces, particularly those which are largely text-based.

I run one of these spaces and I’m ADHD but I’d like to hear more people’s stories to better guide our work towards being more inclusive.
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Real question. We know what we DON'T want to see from #autistic characters in film & tv (hold the puppet jokes pls), but what DO we want to see? Who do you want to watch and what's happening to them?
Eagerly waiting for aaalllll the comments. This is it. This is the time and place to speak your mind and be heard by people who can actually make a difference. Come thru #ActuallyAutistic #AskingAutistics #DisabledTwitter #DisabilityPride #Neurodiversity
Thanks everyone! You really came thru on this. I have LOTS of great input to share and responses to give to those inevitable questions. You've got my back and I've got yours! Here's to more of us, better represented, on screens in the near future. 🤞🏽✊🏽🎬
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Here's my latest update to my collection of active Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 12.13.18.

Please share it. Thank you! :-) Light blue sand background has the # drawn in the sand to the right. The left side is blank. <br />
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At the bottom of the picture, text reads
Portable PDF version will appear on my Kofi in the next day or so.


These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also helpful for crowdsourcing solutions.

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Dear world. It’s time to correct some assumptions about #autism. I am #actuallyautistic and fortunate enough to be professionally diagnosed. I would appreciate your taking the time to read this thread so you can learn about autism from a person with autism.
One of the biggest assumptions people make is that autism involves intellectual disability. This is incorrect. Autism often shows up in combination with a variety of other disorders and ID is one of them but the vast majority of people with autism do not have ID.
The official statistic most often quoted is between 31% (according to Autism Speaks) and 38% (according to the CDC) of autistic children have a diagnosis of intellectual disability. Note that this is a SEPARATE diagnosis. It is not inherent to autism.
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TW: R slur, old-fashioned and ableist beliefs, brief transphobia, using “autistic” to mean “stupid”, ABA

Just had a horrible fight with my mother. She still thinks I’m a “modern hipster just looking for attention”, as she puts it, for wanting to get a diagnosis.
I told her about my evaluation last week and she said, “I knew you were r*tarded when you were fixated on ‘accepting’ Legacy’s autism. And ‘supporting’ your confused SON, who is definitely not this modernista ‘non binary’ bullshit. Yeah, those were some real autistic beliefs.”
And then my autism-related characteristic sense of social justice got in the way, and I yelled at her for using the r-word and the word autistic as an insult, and that accepting my childrens’ differences was the best decision I made as a parent, not the worst. She took enormous
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It really astounds me how many people think, "it couldn't possibly be ADHD, I can focus when I'm interested"

like hi you are literally describing hyperfocus which is common in both ADHD and Autism.

I just wish we had less stigma, more sharing important information.
Seriously one of the ways I bond with other neurodivergent people (especially Autistic and ADHD people) is to make jokes about how weird and sometimes wonderful hyperfocus is

it's a mental minefield of "I did all the things! But nothing on my to do list. Again. Whoops"
Knowing about hyperfocus in our ableist society is also really important

Because I think we all internalize that maybe we're just "making up our disabilities" or "it's not THAT hard to focus"

But then we end up beating ourselves up for variable attention and disability
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#KaeEditsAUWE #ElmoMum
And we're in a chapter praising the Tomotis method of 'training'.

I don't know what it is, but just because of the fact that the TODAY SHOW featured it, (they're a pawn for Auti$m $ peaks or so I've been informed.)

and based on how it's described, it's more autistic torture.
Must be nice to have enough ready cash to drop 3k per treatment on this 'therapy'.

I don't make that in a year.

#KaeEditsAUWE #ElmoMum
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