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Hey, how's this for autism 'awareness' month: some percentage of you who are reading this tweet are #actuallyAutistic and aren't aware of it.

I'm going to post a bunch of questions I wish I had been asked in this context, years ago. This is not diagnosis! But it's instructive.
Do you need a lot of time alone? Even in a relationship or family, even when you really love the other people in your life, even (especially?) when there isn't anything particularly pressing for you to do?
Do loud noises cause you distress? Or background sounds that won't quiet stop? Do you prefer to keep the lights off? Are there foods you can't eat or fabrics you can't wear because the textures just "feel bad" in a way you can't explain?
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#Exvangelical #ExviesInParadise I have an important request. April is designated 'autism awareness month'. The issue is there are groups like AutismSpeaks that are not good groups and harm autistic people. Please dont share the hashtag 'Light It Up Blue' please use #RedInstead
#RedInstead is used by real #ActuallyAutistic members of the autism community who actually advocate for understanding and help for real autistic people. If you have any questions at all about autism please use the hashtag #AskingAutistics!
One thing you may hear about in these hashtags is the term ABA which is a type of torture created by the same man who created *gay conversion therapy*, only this is the version for autistic children. Autism Speaks supports ABA. It is cruel torture for children as young as 2.
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Hey, I’ve asked this before but wanted to do another round. #ADHD #AskingAutistics #Neurodiversity folks in online communities:

What are some obstacles you encounter in online spaces? What practices feel exclusionary or difficult to navigate? What would you like to see change?
DMs are open if you’d like to remain anonymous and I love unfiltered text walls of info-dumping, so don’t worry about masking for my benefit if that’s holding you back in any way. 💜
I’m thinking in terms of online social justice spaces, and digital organizing spaces, particularly those which are largely text-based.

I run one of these spaces and I’m ADHD but I’d like to hear more people’s stories to better guide our work towards being more inclusive.
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A THREAD:
To get ahead of Autism Awareness Month, I thought i’d share some common misconceptions about autism. Feel free to add your input or questions!

#OwnVoices #ActuallyAutistic #autismawarenessmonth #AutismAcceptance
Myth #1:
We prefer to be called ‘People with Autism.’

Nope, we are autistic. You wouldn’t say ‘person with blondness’, and for many of us, being autistic is something to be celebrated and embraced. When in doubt, ask the individual.
Myth #2:
Autistics lack empathy.

Not really!
What we often lack is cognitive empathy, which means that we struggle to understand the reasoning for others’ actions.
Many of us have a surplus of affective empanthy and compassion though.
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Here's my latest update to my collection of active Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 12.13.18.

Please share it. Thank you! :-) Light blue sand background has the # drawn in the sand to the right. The left side is blank. <br />
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At the bottom of the picture, text reads
Portable PDF version will appear on my Kofi in the next day or so.

Link: ko-fi.com/TinuWrites
HASHTAGS FOR PERSONAL NARRATIVES

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also helpful for crowdsourcing solutions.

#InvisibleIllness
#MySpoons
#MyPainDay
#ShareOurPain
#ShareOurStories
#SpoonieStories
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Dear world. It’s time to correct some assumptions about #autism. I am #actuallyautistic and fortunate enough to be professionally diagnosed. I would appreciate your taking the time to read this thread so you can learn about autism from a person with autism.
One of the biggest assumptions people make is that autism involves intellectual disability. This is incorrect. Autism often shows up in combination with a variety of other disorders and ID is one of them but the vast majority of people with autism do not have ID.
The official statistic most often quoted is between 31% (according to Autism Speaks) and 38% (according to the CDC) of autistic children have a diagnosis of intellectual disability. Note that this is a SEPARATE diagnosis. It is not inherent to autism.
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TW: R slur, old-fashioned and ableist beliefs, brief transphobia, using “autistic” to mean “stupid”, ABA

Just had a horrible fight with my mother. She still thinks I’m a “modern hipster just looking for attention”, as she puts it, for wanting to get a diagnosis.
I told her about my evaluation last week and she said, “I knew you were r*tarded when you were fixated on ‘accepting’ Legacy’s autism. And ‘supporting’ your confused SON, who is definitely not this modernista ‘non binary’ bullshit. Yeah, those were some real autistic beliefs.”
And then my autism-related characteristic sense of social justice got in the way, and I yelled at her for using the r-word and the word autistic as an insult, and that accepting my childrens’ differences was the best decision I made as a parent, not the worst. She took enormous
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It really astounds me how many people think, "it couldn't possibly be ADHD, I can focus when I'm interested"

like hi you are literally describing hyperfocus which is common in both ADHD and Autism.

I just wish we had less stigma, more sharing important information.
Seriously one of the ways I bond with other neurodivergent people (especially Autistic and ADHD people) is to make jokes about how weird and sometimes wonderful hyperfocus is

it's a mental minefield of "I did all the things! But nothing on my to do list. Again. Whoops"
Knowing about hyperfocus in our ableist society is also really important

Because I think we all internalize that maybe we're just "making up our disabilities" or "it's not THAT hard to focus"

But then we end up beating ourselves up for variable attention and disability
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Chp 21: THE COMMODITIZATION OF HOPE

#KaeEditsAUWE #ElmoMum
And we're in a chapter praising the Tomotis method of 'training'.

I don't know what it is, but just because of the fact that the TODAY SHOW featured it, (they're a pawn for Auti$m $ peaks or so I've been informed.)

and based on how it's described, it's more autistic torture.
Must be nice to have enough ready cash to drop 3k per treatment on this 'therapy'.

I don't make that in a year.

#KaeEditsAUWE #ElmoMum
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