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Someone I know in the autism industry told me they are going to be selling this social skills programme called Bridges. I had some criticisms on the surface, which I gave them, but I also want to be #AskingAutistics what your experiences have been of this. bridgessocial.com/for-profession…
Here are some of the things I said to them...
Regarding point 1, there is HEAVY criticism of that assumption in the autism world out there at the moment. Point 1 (Baron-Cohen approach) views the deficit as vesting in the autistic person alone.
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I believe untraumatized Autistic people exist, though many are likely undiagnosed because the diagnostic manuals used to determine if a person is Autistic is a weakness model - based on Autistic people in distress.

No good can come of grouping people ONLY by their weaknesses.
So the medical gatekeepers, who Autistic people rely on in order to receive the diagnosis, tend to be very unaware of what Autistic people in good mental health even look like.
Because all they talk about is our weaknesses. They've never bothered to care about what success can look like in Autistic people.
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#AskingAutistics #askADHD #neurodiversesquad
I'm trying to suss out how much of my ability to reprogram my senses is affected by my neurodivergence and how much is having "mind over matter" constantly thrown at me growing up. Examples and further thoughts below.
E.g. "hunger is good actually" and becoming addicted to being hungry, enjoying pain and pressure that would previously have been uncomfortable or would be painful to others.
Although I am very finicky when it comes to temperature, if I'm forced into a scenario outside my comfort, I tell myself this is OK and accept the temperature as what it is and wear inappropriate clothing amounts one way or the other.
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Just before the psychologist told me whether or not the multi-disciplinary team had concluded I was #autistic, she asked me what I thought about getting an #autism diagnosis.
#AllAutistics
#ActuallyAutistic
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While I was being assessed I had done a huge amount of #research on #autism, I’d also joined an online forum and had conversations with many autistic people, and I’d reviewed the whole of my life from an autistic perspective.
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Being autistic was a much better explanation for exceptional aspects of my life than anything else I’d ever found. Not just difficulties, challenges and disasters but abilities, achievements and triumphs.
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Thread of helpful books to learn about autism! Note that I haven't read all of them, so I will add an x if I have! I'm open to suggestions to add on to this thread! #ActuallyAutistic #AskingAutistics #AutismAcceptance #AutismAwareness
Autism:
- x Neurotribes by @stevesilberman
- The ice-cream sundae guide to autism by Debby Elley and Tori Houghton
- Autism, Bullying and Me by Emily Lovegrove
Autism written by autistics:
- x The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide by @QLMentoring
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
- Odd Girl Out by Laura James
- Women and girls with autism spectrum disorder by Sarah Hendrickx
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A thread of things said to me by professional colleagues in senior leadership positions.

What outrageous things have people said to you when you disclose you're autistic?
1. "Are you sure you're autistic, you're very self aware."
2. "Oh, we're all a little bit autisic."
3. "You must be high functioning then, you're not like other autistics."
4."It's good to get out of your comfort zone."
5. "Change is good for us, it challenges us to improve".
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Ok so here's a thread for a Sunday. Parents of ND children/ND adults reflecting on your childhood...

What would you truly like your child's teacher to understand about your child/experience?

I want to use your answers for staff training this year so PLEASE engage with me and
Retweet far and wide. I want to get as many responses as possible to reflect the diversity of experiences.

#AskingAutistics #AllAutistics #ADHD #neurodiversesquad #neurodiversity

Please tag people in too if you think their insight will be valuable.

Thank you ❤️
Thank you for all your responses. They will be put to good use!
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Thread with some of my #AskingAutistics questions & answers.
Re: Collecting files etc, possibly because things stop existing if I do not have a copy.
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#AskingAutistics
Is there research on our religious beliefs vs spirituality vs atheism/agnosticism? If you dont mind sharing, what are you? I'll post mine in the replies.
#ActuallyAutistic : I'm culturally Catholic, but stopped believing in it in 8th grade when my CCD—catechism—teacher explained that animals don't have immortal souls and in Heaven, people dont have genitalia. 🙃

I was atheist for a while, but still believed in something. //
Eventually, I went back to Catholicism and used that as a stand-in for worshipping. Left again, and now like to think of universal energy and influencing the world around us without any organization.
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#ActuallyAutistic #AskingAutistics: what are your thoughts on chuunibyou syndrome (literally, "eighth-grader syndrome", sometimes translated as "delusions of grandeur")? When I first heard about it i was pretty horrified—by my own black history—but then did more study (1/8)
It seems that unrealistic fantasies are fairly common in autistic children and being lost in our heads daydreaming about them happens for us a lot. I've also seem this may be a trauma response. Now, I think chuunibyou are possibly frequently autistic or neurodivergent (2/8)
One of my first "memories" was breathing underwater at a lake and for the longest time I thought that I was able to breathe underwater. Even when I wasn't able to after that, I just thought I must have lost it or forgot the trick. (3/8)
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So I've got a lot of fog today and am having trouble processing. I found this complaint page with addresses and it seems like the only way to send a regular message expressing disgust over the police's alliance with A$ is via snail mail (which hey, buying stamps happens to be in) Image
There is an online complaint page, but it seems more like you're saying that police officers violated their policies or the law if you use that, I want to speak out against the policy in the hopes that it will help educate members of the force. miami-police.org/internal_affai…
I'm working on a form letter to write Miami PD, but am too despondent tonight to finish. Things I'm planning to include are things like
50% of police killings are disabled people,
autism/de-escalation trainings for police,
stigma around puzzle pieces,
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#AskingAutistics #ActuallyAutistic : I am interested in your understanding of age and maturity as it relates to both you and other people.
I feel like I've been my present-self's level of maturity since pre-teen years, I've just grown more experienced and knowledgeable. I always felt like the adult in the room even when I was the only non-adult.
At the same time, many people will look at my interests or authenticity or reactions and judge me as being immature now that I am an adult. My interests didn't change, I just know more now and culture is different now.
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#AskingAutistics what's something about your autism that you are self-conscious of?

I've had most of my "embarrassing" stims conditioned out of me, but I'm still self-conscious about most aspects of my day-to-day behavior.
Walking on my toes or balls of my feet, inability to be near bad-smelling people (I feel bad because you're not supposed to remark on it but it's impossible for me to be around them), folding and moving everything to where it should be in front of me, sitting in strange positions
When I was younger, I used to sing nonsense verbalizations and melodies and dance all over, and it struck me how happy I was in those moments until the outside perspective of how "r***rded" I was being was forcibly shown to me.

I feel like I walk around in chains these days.
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This is a thing about being autistic. NeuroClastic had an article about 50 ways society gaslights autistics. I experienced a different one yesterday, but it's happened to me a lot. This is informational for allies and an #AskingAutistics and #NeuroLurkers to see if others relate.
I was doing something internal, and it was glorious. I mean, I doubt most people's brains work this way, but I really don't know. I was totally in my mind, oblivious to the world around me, rearranging all these moving parts visually in my head. I see my thoughts. (cont)
I can explain it best by saying that it's like dreaming in that I'm not seeing it with my eyes, and the things I "see" are like a coded language. I can use this "system" to bring thousands of disconnected things to working memory and arrange them to make sense of them. (cont)
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I am encouraging a boycott of autism research participation by autists and parents of autistic children, unless autistic people are involved in setting the goals of the studies. Don't participate just because it's about autism. The study design and ethics may be up to maggots.
People who participate in ethics committees are not necessarily trained in the #CRPD. In my experience, many of those people are clueless about the realities of human rights.
A simple example is that many of the supervisors and ethics people insist on researchers using person-first language in research papers, which is exactly what most autistic participants in English-speaking environments DON'T want. (This is, like, 'Autistic Culture 101'.)
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Now attending the #ESHG2020 session on neuropsychiatry. As an #ActuallyAutistic person, this was very insightful. The research presented was also interesting, but what I gained most insight in was how autism is viewed and talked about. And it needs to change. (1/n)
Autism is still seen as a disease. While there are definitely impairments, in some people more than others, these are often impairments that can be improved by talking TO the autistic person in question about their individual needs. (2/n)
Some autistic people have bigger impairments, which are often due to intellectual disability. Again, communicate WITH the autistic person to facilitate them. Good to realize that some autistic people are non-verbal, but there are alternatives to verbal communication. (3/n)
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#AutisticsAloud would like to recognize #MentalHealthWeek.

We extended our deadline for #ActuallyAutistic Canadians to send us a joke! Now Wednesday May 11th.

100 words or less or an image.

We hope that our page of jokes will bring some much needed laughter.

#AskingAutistics Image
Image description. Poster that says autistics aloud lifespans. Autistic Canadians please share your favourite joke it may be printed in Edition Two entitled health. It is a quick deadline of Wednesday May 11th. Laughter is shown to be good for our physical and mental health.
This is an opportunity to bring some laughter to our readers during these challenging times. If you have autism, no diagnosis necessary send your all-ages friendly joke, 100 words maximum or an image to autisticsaloud@autismns.ca or you can send it to us here on Twitter.
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#MayThe4thBeWithYou!

#AskingAutistics in Canada check out this opportunity to share your jokes with #AutisticsAloud.

Anyone remember, "Laughter is the best medicine" section from Readers Digest?

I'm inspired by that & needing to laugh more myself.

#ActuallyAutistic
#jokes
Video/poster description.

Autistic Canadians please share your favourite joke! It may be printed in Edition 2 of Autistics Aloud Lifespans.

Autistic people have an amazing sense of humour and laughter is shown to be good for our overall health.
This is a fun opportunity to bring some laughter to our readers during these challenging times and be published in a magazine.

If you have autism/are autistic please send your all-ages friendly joke to

autisticsaloud@autismns.ca

or you can share here on Twitter.
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I've known I have #ADHD for 4 years. I've known I'm #dyslexic & Autistic for 2 months. This semester, I've spent enormous time/energy understanding what this means for me. I am relieved & unbelievably excited; I've found an incredible #ActuallyAutistic community through Twitter;
& for the FIRST time in my life (let that sink in) I'm seeing other people talk about experiences that mirror my own. I understand myself in a way that I have tried to find words for my entire life. (TY @SNeurotypicals @steve_asbell @autistictic @A_Silent_Child) #ActuallyAutistic
I'm also navigating grief. I now see the ways I'm called to & do invalidate, erase, & hurt myself in the "necessary" betrayal of my needs to exist in a neurotypical, "appropriate" way. Camouflaging causes negative health outcomes & creates #healthdisparities #NMHM2020 #Autistic
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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.
#neurodiversity
#employability
#inclusion
#careers
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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.
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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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#AskingAutistics: is the 'uncanny valley' a useful metaphor for how autistic / neurodivergent people interact with social norms?

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Context:

1. I'm not formally diagnosed, but score high on ASD tests. (I'm new to autism, not an expert.)

2. My livelihood is derived from my expertise in understanding how groups work.
3. My natural way of being tends to 'rub people the wrong way': they find me disagreeable, grumpy, difficult, demanding, frustrating, triggering, etc.

Most of the people who know me think I am agreeable, kind, relaxed, flexible, compassionate, etc because...
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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 ...to 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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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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#AskingAutistics desperately seeking your advice. An autistic student draws the whole day at school and if redirected to engage in academics, gets violent and aggressive. Has difficulties with speech. Tried draw and wrote sort of exercises, he only draws. Hates interuption.
I feel like he's like water. Will flow out if we try to contain him. But by channeling his talents, can be great. Ecellent at visual perception. Builds complicated structures with any block like items. Draws superbly. Fine tunes his art on a daily basis. Is just 7.
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