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Oh bloody hell, it's nearly April again. That means it's World Autism [Understanding/Acceptance/Awareness] [Day/Week/Month]. #WAUW/#WAAD/#WAAW/#WAAM for short.

I thought I'd share some tips from an #ActuallyAutistic perspective on how to make this less like protracted torture...
* Puzzle pieces suggest incompleteness and mystery. They're dehumanising. Stop using them.
* 80-95% of autistic people prefer identity-first language: hence #ActuallyAutistic, not #ActuallyWithAutism. Google why if you don't know.
* Autism Speaks is an American hate organisation.
* Many autistic people are in fact quite inspiring, on account of being brilliant, but please don't call us (or any disabled person) inspirational. Be aware that this kind of language may be intended as a compliment, but is usually received as an insult.

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