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#WhatINeedFromNonAutistics is to understand that when I say I need space, that means I can't deal with a hug. Your hug will only make you feel better, not me. Also, it's gonna last as long as it's gonna last; I can't speed it up.
#WhatINeedFromNonAutistics is to realize that my interests are intense and focused and that's just who I am. If I try to ignore them, they're still there, in my mind, demanding my attention. If I don't have one, I get listless and depressed.
#WhatINeedFromNonAutistics is to be okay with a texting-based friendship, because even when it's not a pandemic, my capacity for socializing is very limited.
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My white privilege, a thread:
I am not concerned that people will call the police on me when I go outside, go to a park, go to the grocery store, or go to school. Unless I am in direct contact with officers or police, I am not inherently worried about this. 1/15
I have had 2 interactions that I can think of with officers in general in my entire life. No one has ever called the police on me.

This is white privilege. 2/15
Incident 1. Parking on campus gives me anxiety, as there are often events on campus. They often tell you ahead of time if parking lots will be closed. When I drove to campus, a section had officers in the entrance where I usually park. The officer said to go to the next row 3/15
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If Anti-Racism makes you feel uncomfortable,

🗣 That's Not My Problem

#ActuallyAutistic #AutisticWhileBlack #AllAutistics #BlackLivesMatter
"It's divisive rhetoric and does not represent the views of all autistic. This type of post is triggering other members and we are a support community. This post can go on a personal page but in this group we talk about autism."
THIS is the gut response that you get that illustrates exactly how autistic groups & spaces are typically modeled

Concepts like anti-racism is only "divisive" to those who prefer to be comfortable w1 their racism & the racism of others

If it's a trigger, then work that shit out
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#AutisticWhileBlack #COVID19 #DisabilitySolidarity #CripTheVote It's time for us to repeat in an OpEd that this premature reporting of every little medication that disabled folks depend on being used in COVID19 clinical trials is the most #ableist thing ever. 1/
First Lupus patients were impacted by irresponsible touting of hydroxychloroquine as a cure: Potential Shortages of Hydroxychloroquine for Patients with Lupus During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic /2
Next, it was asthma patients impacted by the run on albuterol inhalers: Albuterol Inhaler Shortage Due to COVID-19 Could Impact People With Asthma:… 3/
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#AutisticWhileBlack to answer @lilririah 's question about black autistic acceptance and priorities : I can't speak for all of us because we are not a monolithic group 1/
What I can say is that the autism conversation is dominated by ableism, the presumption of incompetence, socioeconomic privilege in general and lack of representation marginalized groups in particular. 2/
The concepts of #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance and #DisabilityRights are infused with class and race privilege. Disabled Black activists' champion multiple causes because our survival depends on doing so. It is not a choice. 3/
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I have the deepest respect for you Dr @ejwillingham, but this tweet, right now, while 10% of our country is unemployed and uninsured in the middle of a pandemic and people my race are dying in record numbers while the last hope for health care equity is gone is gaslighting. 1/
Black people are being sent home misdiagnosed, spreading #COVIDー19 while our party demands they vote for a candidate whose platform insists they get their health insurance from employers who furloughed them 2/
This candidate who orchestrated policies that incarcerated and destroyed thousands of African American families 3/
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Dear allistics,

You probably know that fingernails on a chalkboard sounds viscerally wrong

Now imagine that most stores, schools, etc are filled with people scraping their fingernails on chalkboards

And when you ask people to stop, they act like you're weird for your NOPE
You're trying to focus on a test, but you can't think because your teacher is dragging her fingernails on the chalkboard

You're talking to a friend, but you have no idea what they're saying because the screeching NOPE is all you can hear
You don't even mention the jarring sound anymore, because everyone else is fine with it so obviously you just need to suck it up and deal

Also last time you brought it up, people thought you were exaggerating and making it up for attention
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

Thank you :-) Graffiti background. Foreground in black letters on a  white background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”<br />
This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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#AutisticWhileBlack I will never write a book about my son without his wholehearted consent. And because he is completely disinterested in social media and only gives consent a few of his pictures to be posted, that is a big nope.
@brookewinters33 Once I realized that my son was not comfortable with activism, and he was extremely shy, I ceased bringing him to activist related events.
@brookewinters33 Then there is the question of consent. Over the years since I have been blogging, He may have seemed to give consent for the use of his photos but I can't measure whether he realizes how many people can see his pictures on the Internet as a result.
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#CripTheVote #AutisticWhileBlack or Brown means lifelong institutional abuse, being shot at by police, then being evicted from group…
I said that the extension of the CARES act going to things that don't help autistics & their families was wrong, I got backlash. This is what billions of dollars of misallocated federal funding means. Arnaldo shouldn't have to continually pay the price for budget cut demands.
Save him. If we can't save him we can't save anyone.
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I have my own health issues, work, and parenting to do. Feel vindicated and move on. This moving assault on anyone who doesn't agree with others is now toxic. The ugliness of questioning my disabilities and intentions anf attacking those who know me personally is too much.
What disturbs me is people who know me personally have tried to explain things and been attacked defending me. Once an idea central to a person's identity is questioned folks will attack in this way. Changing biases is the job for me. I expect this degree of verbal abuse.
If the wish of one person to have things their way is so powerful that those I respect are attacked, something is very wrong in our community. I will not be blocking or muting anyone. I will be asking everyone to stop and keep their magazine name and label.
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Thread: The job difficulty bellcurve for autistics & other neurodivergents

After my recent thread on time management as people management, I got comments saying things like, "This is why I'm afraid to go back to work or try to get a more advanced job!" /1 #NeurodiverseSquad
That stuck with me, because I worried I was actually demotivating people to pursue work. Employment is already hard for autistics and other neurodivergents. 80% of us are unemployed. I'm willing to bet many more are underemployed. I never intended to make it seem even harder. /2
So I want to be clear: the issues I talked about, the social communication and expectactions management, are advanced-level working issues. I get to deal with them while enjoying every other possible office job perk: fulltime, regular hours, vacation pay, benefits. /3
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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

@ImageAltText Graffiti background. Foreground in white letters on a  red background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”
There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
Hashtags For Personal Narratives.

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

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Right now, @poormagazine is working on building housing in East Oakland.
@poormagazine There is basically no low-income housing any more. Leroy Moore feels like he’s hanging on by a thread, and he’s not alone. When 45 pushes to exterminate housing programs, the only person who came out against it was @RepMaxineWaters.
@poormagazine @RepMaxineWaters And it’s not just housing. IDEA, funding for special education, had NEVER been fully Federally funded. People with disabilities of all ages remain under attack in the US.
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NY judges denied Black+autistic Darius McCollum the right to appeal lifelong commitment as incurably dangerous bc autism. Not the appeal. The right to it. White supremacy+ableism.

Darius McCollum has been targeted by anti-Black racism+ableism for literal YEARS for the crime of living while autistic+Black. He's been in+out of NYC jails for expertly, though unlawfully, driving MTA buses+trains. Instead of hiring Darius, MTA disqualifies him due to a record.
Last year, NY courts recommended lifelong institutionalization to "solve" the "problem" that Darius presents for existing as a Black autistic man. A judge found that Darius is inherently dangerous simply because he is autistic. Now, they've weaponized law against him yet again.
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Since Simon Baron-Cohen seems to have suddenly discovered autistic people’s voices, I want to make a few comments about how damaging his systemising/empathising construct is, from an intersectional point of view.
To sum it up, Simon Baron-Cohen has hypothesised that people have 2 general strengths, empathising (connecting w/people) and systemising (connecting w/objects and seeing how they work).

NTs are supposed to be better at the former, while autistic people are better at the later.
While he claims this is neutral and says that both autistic and non-autistic people have strengths, the implications are actually really dangerous for a number of reasons.

Baron-Cohen sees empathy as a core human trait. Since autistic people are supposedly deficient…
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