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Let's be totally clear here so there's no misunderstandings and bcuz I've had another influx of new folks who don't know me very well yet:
In my mind, based on my own lived experiences, the trust I place in my own people and my instinct to protect them from a world that HATES US that I should always listen to my fellow Auts first and foremost when it comes to Autistic lives, health, experiences, desires, etc.
When I say I'm also "an Autistic parent" (esp to bigots and puppets) I'm not implying that I'm better than other Autistics in any way. I'm DEFINITELY NOT!

It's not even always for the person I'm speaking to. Sometimes it's for the rest of the crowd listening in.
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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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It's still #AutismAcceptanceMonth and I'm today writing about the UK police and PACE requirements when investigating crimes.

PACE requires that vulnerable persons who are questioned have an appropriate adult with them. This is specified in PACE and the term appropriate

adult and the regulation's scope was expanded in July 2018.

However there is a worrying trend in some police forces to ignore this requirement, putting vulnerable people at risk of not having the protective factors that they should whilst in custody.

An #autistic person

is vulnerable and as such should have an appropriate adult with them. Who this person is very much depends on the individual, but it does not have to be a social worker, it can be a family member if that is the person that can be the most helpful in facilitating

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In Saratoga County, NY, the police were called by a @Target employee on Black teens, siblings. Police harassed & became forceful & violent with a 14 year old autistic boy who was holding candy. He kept saying over & over, “I have money.”#AskingAutistics #AutismAcceptanceMonth Image
Officers tackle the child. His 17-year-old sister is screaming, "he's autistic!" over and over. She is manhandled and aggressed against and ARRESTED. Police put felony assault & a resisting arrest charges on her. The autistic boy was not arrested because he committed no crimes.
His sister didn’t either. Gratuitous and unprovoked violence against a family member, a disabled child, is legal cause for defense. Looks like a pair of hate crimes.
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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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When I was about 10, I was professionally diagnosed autistic. When I was assessed again before university, my autism diagnosis was confirmed.

As someone who has been diagnosed with autism twice, I thought self-diagnosis was wrong. Turns out, I was.

[Guest thread by @MewieKitty]
In my early twenties, a friend started self-diagnosing as autistic, and I didn’t like it.

At the time, I felt like autism was a burden I’d been struggling with for years, and other people didn’t understand what it was like (2/19)
By claiming she was autistic without a diagnosis, I felt like my friend was belittling my struggles.

To me then, it felt like she couldn't possibly know what it was like to grow up with the struggles and barriers I experienced (3/19)
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The myth that autistic people can't or don't experience empathy is dangerous and entirely untrue.

What is true is that autistic people often feel and express empathy differently than neurotypicals expect. Let's talk about it.

An #AutismAcceptanceMonth Thread
When allistic people talk about empathy, they often give the definition of empathy as: "the ability to feel what other people are feeling."

The confusing part is that this (emotional empathy) isn't the way that allistic people experience or express empathy in most cases.
Instead, allistic empathy is primarily cognitive empathy, in my experience.

Allistic people appear to experience and express empathy through their ability to understand the emotion
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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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Autistic people are not broken neurotypicals. We are autistic, with all the good and bad that comes with it.

Many of the ways society talks about autism (or symbolizes autism) assume we're just broken neurotypicals. Let's talk about it

An #AutismAcceptanceMonth Thread
This is literally the image my local autism organization uses for their "about autism" page.

It is a young, white, male child behind a glass wall. The glass wall has long been a metaphor associated with autism, where the glass is the thing preventing the child from communicating A young, white, male child ...
The problem with imagery like the glass wall is that there is an assumption that behind the glass wall—behind autism—there is a child trying to get out.

It assumes that autism isn't a natural part of being autistic, but a separate barrier we need to overcome
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There has been a lot of research about autistics over the years, but this one really took the cake! 🍰

Find out what happened when researchers attempted to compare the moral compass of autistic and non-autistic people... (1/2)

#AutisticComicTakeover #AutismAcceptanceMonth Comic Title: Morality & How...A girl is seen clutching a ...Autistics, on the other han...The autistic girl faces the...
The page opens on a large s...A girl is staring unnerving...
Here's a link to the original study:…
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In my late 40's, seeing nothing in #NovaScotia for #ActuallyAustistic women, I started a group which has become a program.

The program expanded to the creation of a teen group as well.

Yesterday our teen group did a scavenger hunt in the Camp Hill Cemetery.

I developed the ++
activity. I provided a history, etiquette for while we were there, and the questions of what we were looking for.

One of the graves that I wanted them to find was Viola Desmond.

We did and talked about her activism and reflected on the changes she made.

We found many ++
interesting headstones. Ones made of iron! Ones from the 1800's, Norwegian Merchant Marines, etc.

We had an amazing time!

I made them all giggle when I found this stone and covered the L 🤭
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Hi everyone! You might remember last year’s Asperger’s comic. This year i bring to you an extension, to dive deeper into a term that still has an impact today. TW: Nazism, Holocaust, Ableism. (1/6)
#AutismAcceptanceMonth #redinstead #autism #AutisticComicTakeover Image
Its very necessary to put certain things into context and not judge them anachronistically, that way we can understand why it impacted others the way it did. (2/6)
#AutismAcceptanceMonth #redinstead #AutisticComicTakeover Image
By going back in time and understanding the environment, we also get a download of information of its surroundings and how everything interacted and evolved throughout time. (3/6)
#AutismAcceptanceMonth #redinstead #autism #AutisticComicTakeover Image
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🧵 for #AutismAcceptanceMonth

When I saw I could get the COVID vaccine early, I almost didn’t take it. Not because I felt I was rigging the system, but out of fear of someone asking how I got it. I’ve been wearing a different kind of mask since long before the pandemic. 1/9
Although I always knew I was different, it wasn’t until 5th grade that I finally thought to ask my parents why I had hours of therapy each week and a shadow at school. It was then I learned of my diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly called Asperger’s Syndrome). 2/9
The label felt like a badge of shame - and for years the mere mention of the word “Autism" sent shivers down my spine. Even when I outgrew my shadow at school, it was like she was replaced by an internal voice constantly reminding me of ways I was embarrassing myself. 3/9
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Last thread: Neurotypical's Guide to Friendship with an autistic person.

Don't worry, the bar is very low here.

1) Don't mock them.
2) Let them stim.

Don't try to hold them back or make fun of them. Read Rule 1.
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Hello folks!

This is @pinguicverse here.

I am going to start to slowly wrap up.

I am weaving all the threads we created this week.

Before I do that, I want to thank you all for your participation and engagement.

I have learned a lot from all of you.
Thank you admin for trusting me with the space and community you created with so much hardwork.

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Today's thread:

How to create a space for Autistic Adults.

How to design and decorate your home that feels welcoming to an autistic person?


i) About a year ago, I started looking for interior designers who have experience in designing homes for autistic adults - someone who designed one home. I was not looking for an expert.

Spoiler alert (Not!) - I did not find any.
ii) So I did the usual - Research.

Most search hits were about children.

I have no idea what they think happens to autistic children when they grow up?
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If you would like to help make Dove Orchids something tangible and sustainable, please consider sharing about it with your non-autistic friends, family, co-workers, peers.

We had a great response from the autistic community but now are trying to get ourselves out there.
I totally get that it isn't exciting to retweet stuff about Dove Orchids over & over again but the only way we can start sustaining ourselves is by people sharing who we are and what we do. We're still getting our footing.

Consider following @DoveOrchids
@DoveOrchids I will also say this - the number of autistic people who don't want to get paid because they're doing work for autistic people or it's for a good cause, is astounding.

Autistic people - you deserve to be paid! For doing work! Stop negotiating yourselves out of money, please!
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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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Many neurotypicals think telling autistic folks we don't look autistic is a compliment. It's not.

Because NTs understand autism based only on differences they can see, they think us masking our autistic traits is 'good.' It's not that simple.

An #AutismAcceptanceMonth Thread
Many, but not all, autistic people change aspects of how we act around other people to hide or minimize our autistic traits.

Whether this is done consciously or subconsciously, changing to fit neurotypical norms like this is masking or camouflaging our autistic traits
While our autistic behaviours or external traits change when we're masking, masking is nothing more than hiding autism in plain sight.

Our sensory needs, personal experiences, and ways of understanding the world don't magically change when we're masking
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Yesterday I asked you what your neuroatypical superpowers were.

Let me do a small-ish thread on my superpowers.

Some of them are very similar to what you shared.

A thread.

1) I love big data and I cannot lie.

I am not a statistician. It is not heavy duty maths.
But often, for work (and sometimes for fun too), I have to look at patterns.
I tabulate judgments and analyse them.

Even though the content is very #TW-ish, I love doing this so much.
2) My "special interest" changes every few months.
But when I'm in that zone,I am obsessed about it.

Suddenly, one day, I cannot look at it anymore. Until few months later, when I am again interested in it.

I call it "Jhum irrigation" of brain…
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It's #AutismAcceptanceMonth and I would. like to appreciate the EDI team: yesterday my autism was showing more than usual. Usually I probably just seem "quirky" but occasionally I have a "bad day" where it becomes very difficult to talk or to process what people are saying. 1/2
"Bad days" can be triggered by stress, tiredness, or just happen. "High functioning" autism is a misleading concept. it's more a spectrum of functionality that I move up & down. Anyway @emwraw & the gang are always supportive and understand I'm not "putting it on"! Thank you ✨
A lot of the discussion of autistic meltdowns and shut-dowms comes from an outside perspective, and describes the Autistic person becoming withdrawn, uncooperative, non verbal, and possibly extremely distressed, even violent.
I thought I'd give you the inside track:
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@RheaGalarneau @thegalasisters @RachGalarneau #autismacceptancemonth
#ableism #autism #actuallyautistic This is a thread retaliating to the recent ableism from the people tagged above. Some of their tweets may be disturbing to read. This thread is directed at them.
I am going to tell you everything the autistic community dislikes about your recent tweets, as a diagnosed autistic woman. I am coming here with peace and love, despite your obvious hatred, since I know you’ll attempt to self victimise with one of the following excuses:
a) You will claim I am attacking an “autistic family”- you’re not an autistic family, your daughter is autistic, and I am not attacking her, I am educating you.

b) You will claim I am attacking a disabled woman. You have endometriosis, that doesn’t make you immune to criticism.
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Hi folks,

This is @PinguicVerse here.

Before I begin, I want to apologise for the delay.
We were facing some technical issues.

I am from India, currently based in Ireland.

I am autistic.

I also manage @_serotonin_club. This is a club for first person narrative by neurodivergent people in South Asia.
My professional profile is a bit scattered right now.

I am a lawyer, researcher, writer, solemniser, and a comedian.

The core of everything I do is inclusion and accessibility. My understanding and knowledge of both is ever emerging and changing.
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Idk what the TERF said this time and I don't care to. But I've seen enough folks talking to know our agency is being questioned again. And during #AutismAcceptanceMonth of all times.

I'm autistic. I'm transgender. Y'all are just gonna have to get used to us existing.
As autistic people there's a lot we don't get agency over.

For the love of god. Letting us assert our own genders is some of the most basic control you can give us over our own lives.

We have higher rates of being trans & nonbinary. Get used to it.

Why are there higher rates of trans & nonbinary identities?

We don't know yet, because the only thing people like to study in the #autism field is how to make us be less autistic.

But stop assuming nefarious reasons.

One theory? We're more likely to question social norms.
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