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I am encouraging a boycott of autism research participation by autists and parents of autistic children, unless autistic people are involved in setting the goals of the studies. Don't participate just because it's about autism. The study design and ethics may be up to maggots.
People who participate in ethics committees are not necessarily trained in the #CRPD. In my experience, many of those people are clueless about the realities of human rights.
A simple example is that many of the supervisors and ethics people insist on researchers using person-first language in research papers, which is exactly what most autistic participants in English-speaking environments DON'T want. (This is, like, 'Autistic Culture 101'.)
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Okay guys... here we go... wish me luck. #puppetgate #allinarowplay #livetweet #amreading #ActuallyAutistic

Image Description: a copy of the play “All in a Row” lying on a blue pillow.
TW: #puppetgate

Okay, let’s start with the cover. My husband pointed out that the image has three upright cakes neatly lined up and the one blue cake that is fallen over. I assume that since there are four characters, the blue one is the autistic character. Out of place.
TW: #PuppetGate

Next you have big bios of all the cast and crew. Then there’s a two page preface written by Alex Oates and by golly he is TRYING. He uses identity first language (brownie points for that) and tries to explain everything including the puppet.
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Just heard about #puppetgate.
I’m autistic. I’ve done my share of acting. I love puppets and puppetry.
I do *not* like whatever the hell that grey goblin thing is supposed to be. Whatever it is, it’s not supposed to be human, but you know, I guess that’s the entire point.
Society already sees us as subhuman. Like we don’t have joys and pleasures, or if we do, we’re told not to enjoy them and not to express that joy. They shock us into acting normal because if we don’t, we get ostracised for our autism. Not our ‘autistic traits’, out autism.
So every day we act. We act normal. We act neurotypical. We act allistic. We act like we don’t care about superheroes or anime or Disney or space or whatever SI all that much. We act like certain textures don’t bother us, when they do. We act like we don’t samefood, which we do.
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Since diagnosis with an ASC I’ve realised there are dozens of situations where it would be helpful to have this taken into account

But almost no situations where it would be better to be misunderstood due to current deep ignorance of autism

So mostly I don’t disclose
I’m still reeling from when the Head of a school for mostly autistic kids told me to my face she doesn’t have autistic teachers because they’d lack emotional self regulation-& autistic governors would find the job too hard

I’d just run a comedy workshop in her school
A school regarded as a peak of enlightenment in autismworld. It was full of bright lights & loud bells. I was in some sensory overload but had coped well running a workshop for 10 kids I’d never met

Coping well is my thing. The thing of many folk with an ASC. We have to
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I'm an autism researcher and my husband @bfletcherwatson is a theatre researcher.

We've been trying to work out how to turn all the attention around #puppetgate to some positive effect, and so...

here follows a wee thread of autistic artists we've come across
@bfletcherwatson Disclaimer: this is just a collection of people who are working in the arts, or doing art in their spare time.

It's obviously not comprehensive - please add your own profiles and suggestions at the bottom

(and give us a few minutes first to get all the tweets out...)
@bfletcherwatson First up @SoniaBoue who first drew our attention to the #puppetgate issue

They are a multi-form artist based in Oxford - and a brilliant blogger incidentally
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