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today I’m heartbroken/angry😭 This is the reality of what happens to a lot of Autistic people. They’re murdered by parents/ carers. They see our lives to be unworthy, they see us as burdens…
#ActuallyAutistic #allautistics #autism #autismacceptance
People say “parents know what’s best for their Autistic child” and then wonder why Autistic people get angry… it’s because we know how many Autistic people are killed, abused and neglected by family members.
Autistic peoples lives are not YOUR right to take away just because you believe that’s what’s best and think they’re are a burden.
This was a 3 year old child with his whole life ahead of him.
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We are targeted by parents of Autistic kids, often because we can type, have friends, jobs, partners etc. It’s because their child’s Autism isn’t like ours they have added learning disabilities. So they become upset and frustrated and take it out on us! #actuallyautistic
They believe we shouldn’t have the same diagnosis as their child as we can do X, Y and Z and their child can’t. They don’t see Autism as a spectrum. They’re in their own little bubble of resentment, frustration and sadness.
Often it’s because they resent their child’s Autism and when they see Autistic adults who don’t have severe learning disabilities they become bitter, jealous and take all that resentment out on us.
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"There are legitimate situations where an autistic person needs to be able to put their autistic behaviours aside. For example, how about a job interview"--Bruce McIntosh

🤮… "There are legitimate situations where an autistic pers
Me: "Oh, I'm sorry! I forgot to leave my autism at home for our job interview. Here, let me stick it in my purse, so as to make you more comfortable interacting with me, regardless of my actual qualifications for this job."
"put their autistic behaviours aside".

They're not "autistic behaviours", they're *human* behaviours from an Autistic human being. There is a difference: autism is our *neurology*. Being Autistic impacts one's entire brain & body. We can't just "set it aside" like an accessory.
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I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.”

Um, well, yes.

He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy.

#GentleParenting #Parenting #WritersLift
Certainly all of our actions have consequences, and I mean naturally-occurring consequences, not adult-imposed punishments.…

#MediumWriter #MediumBlogger #ParentingBlog #ParentingTips #ParentingAdvice #MentalHealthAwareness #ADHDAwareness #Oppositional
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The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children.

So many Autistic people explain how & why ABA is abusive & harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it.…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritersLift
I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.”…

#WritingCommunity #WritersSupportingWriters #ADHDSupport #CelebrateNeurodiversity #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticPride #AutisticPrideDay
Professionals need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standard is subjective; it will mean different things to different people.

Successful supports (as opposed to "therapies") will mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to the CHILD?
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@AndreaHorwath you made a comment about autism finding in the middle of your answer to violence in schools. This is unacceptable. The association keeps the stigma going & it’s factually wrong. #Autistics are way more likely to be the victims in school than the doers. /1
We have been continually fighting for #AutismAcceptance and the understanding that our kids need acceptance & support in schools. Educators need to be trained & supported by programs like @ECHOAutismON that uses a multi-discipline approach to build capacity in educators. /2
Our kids need universal design classrooms where their educational & sensory needs are met. Where they aren’t siloed into “special education” and away from regular classrooms. This exclusion & segregation chips away over time & can effect their mental health. /3
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1/ ABA hasn’t been mentioned a lot in the Oireachtas. A few TD’s mentioned it last year in support of behavioural therapists.

How many of the TD’s that raised ABA or behavioural analysis in the Oireachtas actually knew what it was?

2/ @RBoydBarrett on 19 May 2021 raised whether behaviour analysis professionals could secure permanent positions so they may continue “supporting the education in special schools of children with autism”. Image
3/ @ReadaCronin on 5th May 2021 raised a similar question stating that behavioural analysts make “such a critical contribution to special education” Image
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TW: aba, ableism, eugenics, abuse

ABA stands for "applied behavioral analytics". it uses the theory of operant conditioning. the goal of ABA is to change behaviors with rewards/punishments. the purpose of these forced behavior changes is allegedly to help autistics fit into society.

you might be thinking, why wouldn't autistic people want to fit in? there are multiple issues here. society as it exists right now is not made for neurodivergents. to "fit in", we must conform, we must mask. this isn't a solution for us.
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Being Autistic for me is so similar to having my invisible illness and being an ambulatory wheelchair user due to peoples judgements and assumptions about my disabilities and physical health.
#ActuallyAutistic #allautistics #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAcceptance
(I’ve had 3 knee surgeries and will need a knee replacement eventually and I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and heart condition etc)
1. People say I don’t look Autistic.
People also say I don’t look sick or disabled. But it’s not something you can always actually physically see. You can’t see Autism just like you can’t see a lot of disabilities and physical health conditions.
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We have come up with a short guide on making your events more autism friendly. Thread. #AutismFriendly #AutismAcceptance #WorldAutismMonth The Autistic Art Club guide to making your social events aut
Prepare us! Share photos of the event space with us before hand. This can help us prepare for the space we will be socialising in. Will there be food? Sharing a menu with us helps so much. Especially as many of us have a hard time with new or unfamiliar foods.
Give us information on who else has been invited. This gives us an idea on how many others will be in the space, and if we might know some others being invited so we can connect with them beforehand.
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As someone who realized they're autistic in adulthood, it's easy to wish someone'd noticed sooner or I'd known sooner.

Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Being identified as autistic as a youth comes with challenges of its own. Let's talk about it

A #AutismAcceptanceMonth 🧵
Growing up, my parents were convinced I was nothing other than a gifted child (a label deserving to be unpacked in a different thread).

My parents could see I struggled with emotional outbursts, anger, understanding and complying with authority
My mother did everything in her power to advocate for me within a largely hostile system.

She often reframed my challenges as personality differences. She'd say I wore my heart on my sleeve or that I was smart enough to see through false authority
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keep seeing "As someone who works with children who suffer from severe autism..."

(#AutismAcceptanceMonth is already exhausting) A graphic of a red colored ...
Why is it tiring seeing people who make their money from status quo autism "support" systems run their mouths about nonspeakers and kids diagnosed with ID/LDs?

Because they are operating against the best interests of the kids, Most Of The Time, and they rarely even know it.⏬️
A link to Damon Kirsebom's brilliant takedown of the term "severe autism", a term frequently used to describe him and that does not adequately describe any autistic person, right off the bat

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Non-autistic people often assume autistic people break neatly into two categories: those who can speak & those who can't.

In actual fact, differences in communication are wide & varied among autistic people, & can change dramatically over time

[A #AutismAcceptanceMonth Thread]
A fair number of autistic people experience "going non-verbal" Which is a wide range of experiences where they become unable to communicate verbally or struggle to do so.

Some have mentioned it feels like being hit with a silencing spell. Others feel it slowly closing in on them
These non-verbal periods could be a form of selective mutism for some, while for others, going non-verbal could be a precursor to a shutdown or meltdown.

Some autistic people find that their relationship with verbal communication changes wildly over their life
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The way the world works is rarely the way that's best for autistic people. In order to survive, we often need to change how _our_ world works. This means accommodating ourselves.

Let's talk about some of the best accommodations I've given myself since realizing I'm autistic:
1) Respecting my sensory needs.

My sensory needs didn't magically change when I realized I was autistic. I always knew stores, cafes, & public venues were overwhelming.

I knew I couldn't handle microfiber, oily textures, or unplanned wetness.

What changed was my own shame
Before realizing I was autistic, I pushed myself through abrasive sensory experiences because I felt I had to. Everyone else was okay, so why was I not?

When I inevitably had a meltdown, I figured it was something wrong with me. That I was broken somehow
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Autism Acceptance Month:

What to consider, how to refer to autistics respectfully and how to be a good ally

A thread 🧵

Please read it especially if you are an allistic (non-autistic) person

#ActuallyAutistic #AutismAcceptanceMonth #AutismAcceptance
We live in a world where whether you like it or not: us autistics are constantly stigmatized, dehumanized and face many challenges due to the anti-autistic ableism and bias that exists in our society

And it's our duty to change that
Many people are unaware of what autism actually is, and don't know much besides the common stereotypes and the ableist propaganda they are fed

Some people believe that autism is a disease that needs to be cured, that it goes away with age etc

And these ideas are incorrect
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#April #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance

#Autistic #StationsofTheCross 9 - How to Address Those Who Weep for Autistic People

Since autism has long been officially defined as a “disorder” or a “syndrome”, people historically view it as a “disease” that needs a “cure.” CTD
Many seek “cures” for autism – especially those who see autistic children as unresponsive, poker-faced, socially awkward and emotionally unpredictable. But is the cure meant for us, the autistic, or for others, who are uncomfortable & unwilling to understand our needs? CTD
Asking for a “cure” is the wrong question to begin with. What if we asked: as autistic people, what do we need in order that our gifts will not remain hidden inside ourselves, but rather, can be shared openly with the larger society, needs and all? CTD
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[THREAD] Principles, values, rules, (dis)obedience and (non)conformance
Children have a natural sense of justice.
The world is complex and messy.
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Three recently published #research papers highlight the fact that most older #autistic people haven’t been formally diagnosed.
It is often wrongly assumed that this means we’re not experiencing significant difficulties, and we don’t need any help or support.
All 3 papers suggest significant difficulties exist whether or not someone has a formal autism diagnosis.
Barriers to healthcare compromise wellbeing, and trauma and suicidality appear higher than for neurotypical people.
We’ve known this for a long time, but little gets done.
It speaks volumes about the marginalisation and minorisation of autistic people that significant inequalities are allowed to persist.
I’m one of a lost generation of older autistic people who policy makers decided to leave to fend for ourselves, mostly unsupported and unseen.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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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.”…


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.


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.

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.


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.

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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