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So Chris Rock is autistic.

"His decision to seek meaningful a friend’s suggestion he may have Asperger’s. It prompted a nine-hour battery of cognitive tests earlier this year, from which doctors diagnosed Rock with a condition called nonverbal learning disorder" 1/3
"or NVLD. As he’s come to understand it, he has tremendous difficulty with non-verbal signals — which doesn’t sound too drastic until, as he explains, you consider that some 80 percent of communication is nonverbal. "And all I understand are the words," he says." 2/3
Of course, even when it's a celebrity, someone who's not a white cis man can't get an autism diagnosis. #DisabilityTooWhite 3/3
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This shouldn't have to be said but I'm going to make it plain, Judith Heumann might be your disability elder but she will never be mine.

I don't give space to people who coddle abusers of power and hid their hands when called out. #ADA30 #ADA20InColor #disabilitytoowhite
The disability community has spent 30 years lauding one person for doing "so much" for disabled people. When in actuality she did very little to get ADA passed in '89 and in the past 10 years has done more harm than good. #ADA30InColor #ADA30
Not to mention Judy's overstayed her welcome on too many disability boards and doesn't cede power to new voices. #ADA30 #ADA30InColor
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hey you! have you ever thought about how full your tl is of non-disabled people all the time?

💗 here’s a list of intersectional, disabled advocates for disability rights i recommend following: A THREAD 💗

(please drop more @'s in the replies for me to add!!)
before the specific people, here are some orgs/collectives that help uplift disabled voices you should absolutely 100% follow: @BlackDisability @DisabilityToday @DisVisibility
ok @judithheumann is THE og. she should be a household name but she isn’t. don’t just follow but RESEARCH. she’s helped pioneer so much legal change in America, notably the ADA. pls read her entire bio and then some!!! she also has a book and TED talk:…
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the current @nytimes ethicist is constantly promoting ableism. this week is unfortunately hardly the first time. a thread of receipts (don't click through if you will be sad or enraged)
he told a mom they could cut their disabled kid out of their life -…
he downplayed the very real and serious issue of disability discrimination and invisible disabilities in academic workplaces -…
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‘Public schools were closed to me because of my wheelchair, and special schools were closed to me because I was black”
The Mar 1970 edition of Performance mag. profiled the polio survivor and disabled artist & teacher Juanita Cotton.
#DisHist #DisabilityTooWhite The image shows a black and...
Born in Oklahoma, Juanita was educated at home & graduated high school at 20. Her counselor refused to support her studying art in college. He “tried to find a reason why I couldn’t go to college” & sent her to a psychiatrist for wanting to study art. She persisted.
#DisHist Image
She was the 1st black woman & the 1st disabled woman ever to study in the art Department @UofOklahoma, where she was 'largely ignored' by other students & confronted all the problems of wheelchair users including falling down a large flight of steps on campus.
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White disabled people really need to stop with hot takes on representations of disabled people of color that don’t even MENTION race (see below). #disabledbutnotreally #disabilitytoowhite…
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We already have #DisabilityTooWhite for the disability community as a whole dealing with why there no representation of disabled POC. Now, we need a hashtag for #ActuallyAutistic community and the new hashtag is #AutismTooWhite. Yes I said it- Autism is damn white. /1
We need to fix this problem right now. The image of autism need to change and have to reflex the REAL diversity in the autistic community. If you know autism affect everyone, you know you have to represent everyone within the community and not the majority of the community. /2
It is not fair at all to leave out #ActuallyAutistic POC of the conversation. We need to do better. We cannot let the image of autism continues to dominate the media and conversations. All of you could see is autistic white males. This is the stereotype still exists today. /3
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