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Why I’m proud to be autistic.
I’m proud to be autistic because it means I’ve rejected the narrow, prejudiced, pejorative definition of autism most people subscribe to.
#AutisticRights
#AutisticPrideDay
#AutismAcceptance
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I’m proud to be autistic because I’ve accepted the parts of myself that are different to what society expects of me.
I’m not denying my true identity to appease other people any more.
#AllAutistics
#Neurodivergent
#ActuallyAutistic
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I’m proud to be autistic because of what it took me to get here.
A raw, painful retrospective exploration of six decades of my life.
It would have been easier to let things lie.
But I sought the truth.
#AutisticTwitter
#OlderAutistics
#AutisticElders
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Hey @target @AskTarget @TargetNews I love you. I do. But can I make a suggestion? The first round of suggestions didn’t work when I spoke to corporate about your blue Halloween buckets. I’m still upset over that and would love to chat more. DM me anytime.
My next suggestion is adding inclusive bathrooms to your stores. Including bathrooms areas that are private and can accommodate adults different toileting options (hint, not everyone can use a toilet).
I’m asking you because you seem to try to do right by your customers. You seem to care.

Did you know that there are many people, of all ages, that have to leave your store and go home because you don’t have accommodations set up for more accessible toileting options?
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.@POTUS, do you want to *truly* help all Americans? Here’s a great idea:

#Autistics are all too often unemployed, or underemployed- for reasons that are not their fault.

Start grant programs that will pay the tuition for #autistic teachers, therapists, & healthcare providers 1
Education & healthcare are extremely important, and autistics are often better understood by other autistics.

Studies have shown this. It’s referred to as #DoubleEmpathy. 2
Creating such a program would not only help to employ more #neurodiverse people, but it would also *allow for better services for ND students & patients,* because they’d have a better chance of being understood.

All while helping to #diversify the workforce.

Win-win, yes? 3
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Why do good people fall for bad autism charities & related efforts like #ColorTheSpectrum? A thread.

Mostly? "Our media conditions its audiences to fear & pity people with disabilities.”

medium.com/the-establishm…

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#Neurodiversity

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And it’s not just sensationalistic, clickbait media outlets that impugn the rights and basic humanity of autistic people. Respected, progressive publications and writers can be just as reactionary. 2/
But because we tend to trust “thought leaders” as both intellectually rigorous and socially fair, their ableism often goes unchecked and is far more dangerous than that of their unapologetically prejudiced counterparts.

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A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘N’s Needs, niceness and nonsense.

#AutisticAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

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When I was diagnosed autistic at 58 it was news to me that I actually had ‘needs’ that could be regarded as ‘additional’.

I’d just assumed I was a run of the mill neurotypical person, doing slightly less well at holding everything together.

In a sense it was liberating.

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All those times at work where I’d needed less noise, or fewer people in close proximity, weren’t me being precious at all.

Now I had a logical, professionally-approved explanation for why these were ‘needs’ not ‘wants’.

But this didn’t change how the world responded to me.

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A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘M’s Marmite, marriage and myopia.

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

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One of the ‘L’s I didn’t mention was likeability.

The desire to be liked is a strong motivation for many of us.

Just look at social media.

So it was hard in my teens when I started to become a bit of a Marmite person.

Opinion about my likeability was strongly divided.

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No one is liked by everyone. But this was a bit different.

Some people went out of their way to let me know that I wasn’t liked.

Perhaps the constant smile I’d assumed looked too smug.

Maybe they thought the snubs weren’t getting home to me.

So they told me, maliciously.

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We need to stop using derogatory terms such as ‘treatment-resistant’ or ‘non-compliant.’ There are many reasons involved, many of which are either the therapy framework or the therapists themselves. It is utter arrogance and delusion to exclusively place the onus (1)
on the patient with no room for self-reflection. “If the therapy doesn’t work, it’s the patient’s fault, not the therapy itself” is a mentality that needs to go. It hinders progress by shutting doors to the formulation of newer & innovative frameworks. We hear everywhere how (2)
CBT is ‘evidence-based’: but for whom? Does it account for neurodivergents’ sensory processing differences affecting every level of psychological, social, and mental functioning? No. There are many neurodivergent people struggling with their mental health and they aren’t (3)
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Hey Parents of Autistic Kids: Here Are Five Big, Avoidable Mistakes! A thread based on a TPGA post by @shannonrosa, parent of an autistic now-adult:

thinkingautismguide.com/2017/04/hey-pa…

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#neurodiversity

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As I have become increasingly devoted to 'learn from my mistakes, so you don't repeat my mistakes,' here are five bonks I made during the early years of parenting my autistic son, and how you can avoid repeating my fails.

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If you're the parent of an autistic kid, you probably get advice thrown at your head from every angle, all day long. You may even be all done with advice. And I hear you, because I am you. 3/
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A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective

‘G’s (from gatekeeping to gratitude).

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

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I completed a research questionnaire the other day about my experience of autism assessment and post diagnostic support.

Two years on, it was interesting to look back on what got me through the process.

I was supposed to seek referral via my GP, but I hadn’t the energy.

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For those of us who weren’t recognised as being autistic when we were younger, it’s often some kind of life crisis that generates the impetus to seek autism assessment.

But ironically, just when we need to be able to articulate our difficulties, we may struggle to do so.

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A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘F’s (fascination, focus and functioning)

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

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What stands out to me about my childhood was how fascinated I was by everything.

I often remained incredibly focused on activities for long periods of time.

Until I got my autism diagnosis, two years ago, it hadn’t occurred to me that this might be seen as ‘dysfunctional’.

2/ Small child with bobbed hair and short fringe gazing downwar
Fascination and focus have been functional for me in career terms.

They have also helped me bond with people I love.

I prefer fairly serious forms of ‘fun’.

And I find deep conversations more fulfilling.

My ‘focus’ doesn’t seem ‘hyper’ to me.

It’s part of the way I am.

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We’re only in the first week of April & I’ve already received a multitude of emails asking about how to respectfully speak about Autism & Autistic people.

Here are a few gentle reminders, for those of you who want to be good allies this month:
In the debate over “Autistic Person” or “person with autism”, though individual opinions can and do vary, Autistic person is preferred by most Autistic (not all) people.

It’s always good to ask & respect the individual’s choice in how to identify themselves.
Aspergers is being phased out as a diagnosis though some Autistic people have received this label in recent years (depending on where they live in the world).

Autistic is Autistic.

Separating Autistic people this way harms all of us even those who are given the Aspergers label.
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A-Z of autism from a personal autistic perspective.

‘E’s - enlightenment and emancipation.

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptance
#AutisticPride

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When I discovered I was autistic, just over two years ago, my emancipation began.

It was enlightening to realise why so many aspects of life had been effortfully exhausting.

Even lovely, enjoyable events could completely drain me.

At last I understood why.

#AllAutistics

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I had often had to ‘get out of’ social events that I feared I’d find overwhelming.

And employment in roles that required a lot of social interaction left me exhausted.

This made me feel really pathetic.

But now I had an explanation I understood and embraced these limits.

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1/ On #autism & #disability: a thread

Spotted many times around the Internet the last few days, with all the increased focus on #autismawareness: “Autism doesn’t mean you’re disabled, it means you’re differently abled.”

#AutismAcceptanceMonth #ActuallyAutistic
2/ Hmm. I understand the sentiment and I think it’s phrased that way to try to say “autistic people are not less than.” BUT. Are you saying that people who are disabled ARE less than?

What is wrong with #disability?
3/ There’s a huge stigma and cultural view of autism, disability, and mental health diagnoses being bad or making someone incapable.

It’s all wrongly formed around the notion that there’s only ONE good thing and that that's to be stereotypically or classically “normal.”
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I found out that I was Autistic, at the age of 29, fairly late in life.

When I would tell people this newly discovered information, often, they would have a range of reactions, from not knowing how to respond, to disbelief.
In my experience coming out, Autistic has been a lot like coming out Queer -you have to come out over & over again.

It is an endless process with each & every new person you meet (if you choose to disclose that information).
When you do decide to disclose this information to people who may have been close to you in your life, you may lose people, because some humans will be unable to accept the new information, in relation to the way they think of you.
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Some comments on my post about pro-ABAers and trolls who bully Autistic people online... it’s pretty disgusting to me honest. I’ll put my reply in the thread. #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAcceptance #AutismAwarenessMonth #allautistics #ActuallyAutistic
Part 1 and 2 of my reply
Pare 3 and 4 of my reply
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#Thread

A-Z of autism

From a personal autistic perspective.

‘D’ words (the disaster zone!)

#AutisticPride
#AutismAcceptance
#AutismAcceptanceMonth

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A lot of the D words used about autism are potentially damaging.

Deficit, disorder, developmental delay, dangerous, disaster.

We’re encouraged to feel a sense of despondency, to see ourselves as damaged goods.

Why else would people research ways to prevent or cure autism?

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The diagnostic criteria set out in DSM-5 evoke despair:

‘Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity.’

‘Deficits in non-verbal communicative behaviours.’

‘Deficits in developing and maintaining relationships.’

Replace ‘deficits’ with ‘differences’ and it transforms things.

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Why I hate ABA - 🧵

I'm scared to write this thread. It will probably receive backlash bc I didn't go thru formal ABA as a kid. My father created his own DIY version.

But it's close enough. The trauma is real. 1/

⚠️⚠️ TW/CW - child abuse ⚠️⚠️

#SayNoToABA
#ActuallyAutistic
I'm late dx'd (19). Some in the #Autism community believe that means I escaped ABA. And they're right in that I never went thru a program.

What I had instead was a parent who despised having an autistic child. A parent who did everything he could to 'straighten me out.' 2/
My father was ashamed of me bc of how others saw me. Adults hated me bc I was intellectually gifted, logical & literal. I came off as stuffy, rude, condescending & argumentative.

Kids didn't like me either. I didn't know how to run around, get dirty, make believe & play. 3/
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Thread| Here’s how you can be a good Autistic Ally
(Credit to ‘TheSavvyEventer’ on Instagram )
#AutismAcceptance #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAwarenessMonth #AllAutistics #AutisticAlly #AutisticAllies #ActuallyAutistic
Do your research. Dedicate some time to learning about autism, Autism is not a disease or something to feel sorry for. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that presents itself in many ways.(Credit‘TheSavvyEventer’Instagram )
#AutismAcceptance #AutismAcceptanceMonth Do your research. Dedicate some time to learning about autis
Be mindful of content you share/organisations you support. Don’t support Autism Speaks who prove to be harmful to Autistic community. Support groups like @autselfadvocacy . Don’t share the puzzle piece logo or #lightitupblue tag. Use rainbow infinity symbol instead / #REDinstead Be mindful of the content you share/the organisations you su
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Here’s a link to a post full of great pages to follow and groups to join.
Ive included Neurodiversity and Autistic ones. Link below 👇🏻
facebook.com/11185329717404…
#AutismAcceptance #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAwarenessMonth #AllAutistics #ActuallyAutistic
If anyone suggests any pro-ABA pages or groups or defends ABA in the comments on my post... they will be deleted
ABA is wrong, it’s abusive and I’m against it... why am I against it? Read the post quoted below.
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#Thread

A-Z of autism.

From a personal autistic perspective.

C (probably won’t be concise!)

#BeingAutistic
#ActuallyAutistic
#AutismAcceptance
#AutismAcceptanceMonth

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The first C I want to mention is ‘compassion’.
This is something autistic people are assumed not to have, even though it’s often something we have in abundance.

But compassion is sadly lacking in many services we access, even those specifically designed for autistic people.

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Lack of compassion for us may stem from people finding us annoying.

It may reflect the fact that autistic people are seen as having less social value.

Or perhaps atypical expressiveness makes people assume we don’t have feelings.

Whatever the reason, we end up being hurt.

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Allistic people have done more harm than good to the Autistic community. It’s about time people started to listen to our voices!
We want no quack science, no cures and we want for the abuse on Autistic people to STOP! AND LISTEN... ABA is abuse and only forces Autistics to mask. Allistic people have done more harm than good to the Autisti
ABA was created by Lovaas who created gay conversion therapy. It’s using the same approach. Lovaas didn’t see Autistic people AS PEOPLE, more of something that needed to be created. it was to be for the benefit of Allistics to have a child indistinguishable from their peers
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1. Oh was yesterday #AutismAwarenessDay? Dang. I missed it. Instead I stayed off of social Media and spent a lovely day with my #ActuallyAutistic family not waving jigsaw pieces around, turning blue or spreading misinformation around that makes money for charities.
2. Later on I did a 3hr workshop on #AutisticMasking to 400 lovely Danish people with @DrAmyPearson. I missed #AutismAwarenessDay yet still somehow managed to pass on a shitload of useful & practical #Autism knowledge to a shitload of people
3. Its strangely like there's no need to have #AutismAwarenessDay, #AutismAwarenessWeek, or #AutismAwarenessMonth because for many Autistic people every day is, week and month of the year where we put out immensities of useful & productive #Autism information in various forms.
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#RedInstead #WorldAutismAwarenessDay #AutismAcceptance

I debated if I should do something like this for today and it's kinda like... why not. So anyways, a thread.

Hi. I'm Adam, though online people sometimes call me "Moofey." I'm a 36 year old male from the Vancouver area.
Currently, I live by myself smack dab in the middle of suburban Vancouver, and I work full time. I enjoy gaming, (I built my own PC even) as well as cycling, sports, motor racing, and taking nice photos.

Now, I'm about to throw a wrench into all of that:

I'm autistic.
Now that I've mentioned that I'm autistic, how do you see everything else that I've said so far?

"Oh, you can't be autistic enough. You live alone and you have a full time job."

My normal-looking life doesn't really match the description of an autistic person, does it?
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#LightItUpBlue Means passive awareness and acceptance of the way Autistic people are marginalized

#RedInstead means being passionate, even angry, about the lack of #AutismAcceptance and fighting against the status quo!

#WorldAutismDay #ActuallyAutistic #AutismAcceptanceMonth
Boycott the people who refuse to center Autistic voices at the design/planning phase and through their projects!

Support #ActuallyAutistic to gain control over #Autism narratives and support structures!
The rest of this thread is dedicated to things people need to know about Autistic people but the #Autism charities don't talk about!

If any of these are unknown you haven't been paying enough attention to #ActuallyAutistic
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