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My #Autistic Son Needs 24/7 Support. And That's OK.
We have a good life, because we stopped buying into mainstream notions about what happy families look like.

This is going to be a thread.

#neurodiversity #autism 1/
I’m the parent of a high-support autistic teenager, which means some people would say he “has severe autism.” By our own parameters, my family is a happy and well-adjusted crew. But before you make assumptions about me being a positivity unicorn… 2/
…or that my son must be only “mildly” #autistic, please know that my beloved dude is a mostly non-speaking ball of# autistic energy who requires 24/7 support. 3/
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You can’t make this up. I am at the Climate crisis rally to cover the rally with @GretaThunberg, probably the most famous #ActuallyAutistic person, and this dude outside has a sign about vaccines and autism.
Update. One person in my mentions noticed that the person was most likely a woman. I didn’t look carefully enough. My bad
Ok, caught up with this woman with the anti-vaccine sign. She gave me the same spiel you get from anti-vaxxers. She said autism used to be 1 in 10,000. She said she only had one vaccine growing up. It said vaccines didn't reduce disease. It was quality of living.
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Listening to @stevesilberman and @JHMarble in conversation about #autism and #neurodiversity at @square! Will be Live-tweeting as much as possible. :)
@stevesilberman @JHMarble @Square Steve is talking about the origins of #NeuroTribes in the early aughts, and how before he began his research he though #autism was rare. And how the conspiracy theories about causation were really running rampant.
@stevesilberman @JHMarble @Square He then wrote his classic article The Geek Syndrome, talking about how some autistic people were finding refuge in the Tech industries of Silicon Valley — and would often have #autistic offspring.
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Getting ready to listen to Bryna Siegel on @KQEDForum, re: autism & the new prevalence rate.

Fun fact: I had lunch with Dr. Siegel & two autistic friends a few years ago. She talked about some of her theories for her new book. They both told her she was wrong. She ignored them.
@KQEDForum So even though Dr. Siegel has had “more than 40 years of clinical experience” with autism, if she ignores autistic insights, her opinion on autism is flawed.
@KQEDForum “Diagnosing for dollars” is absurd. We know from research that, if anything, #autism is under diagnosed, especially in girls, people of color, kids from low SES scenarios. Yes, there is always a small % of diagnostic error, but that is a dangerous misdirection.
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