Well, here it is, #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. So I wish to remind the world that #autism has been recognized for only about the past 70-some years, but people have been #autistic a lot longer than that.

So now I wish to ask the world:

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
#Autistic people have made significant scientific advances throughout history, most notably in medicines, technologies and energy sources that we unthinkingly use every day.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
Many autistic people have elevated senses, and are likely to react unexpectedly and poorly if they're overstimulated (i.e. meltdown).

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
#Autistic children in public schools often would rather read or equate, and be alone with their private thoughts, than play and socialize with other kids. As a result, they get picked on to no end for not acting the same way as their peers.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
Many horrific books, sporting such ableist and damaging titles as "Autism Uncensored" and "How to End the Autism Epidemic", have been written about #autism and perpetuated myths and stereotypes. #Autistic people have expended much effort fighting back.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
Every #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, #ActuallyAutistic people speak at greater volume than usual about their experiences trying to get people to hear the real story. Unfortunately it's the story allistics often don't want to hear.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
And once again, parents are thoughtlessly destroying their children's dignity by going on about their "biggest meltdowns" in public forum (see below).

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?

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For years #autism has been regarded as a "boys' club", but it occurs at least just as often in girls as in boys; we've only just begun to acknowledge that it's less visible because girls are socialized differently.

But girls and women can be #autistic, too.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
It is, or should be, known by now that meltdowns and tantrums are two different things (tantrums have an objective, meltdowns do not). So be careful to look for a target of the negative behavior before judging.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
(TW filicide, suicide)

Too many #autistic people don't make it to adulthood. If they do, they don't make it much past the age of 36. This is due to the stress of being hated, picked on, and forced to mask their true selves to appease the people around them.

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
Once #autistic, always #autistic. We don't stop being #ActuallyAutistic just because we're no longer schoolchildren. We take it throughout our lives, and in a lot of cases we improve the world with it (only to be hated and judged for being "atypical").

#AreYouAwareOfUsYet?
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