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Here is where I stand on every autism issue I can think of - just to make sure folk know who I am and what I think:

1. ABA is not good and I feel us abuse.
2. Autism is not a learning disability.
3. Autism is not really a superpower, though it can gave enormous benefits. /1
4. Autism is a disability.
5. Autism is not understood at all by the general public.
6. Autistic adults are under studied and under represented.
7. Autistic children are disproportionately punished at school.
8. Masking is harmful.
9. Burnout is real and terrifying. /2
10. Autism Speaks is not a benevolent organisation.
11. Most Autism charities have significant issues.
12. Ireland is a beacon of autistic hope.
13. Prejudice against autism is real.
14. We don't know enough about old age and autism.
15. Autistic POC are too often ignored. /3
16. Workplaces are generally ignorant about how to support autistic adults.
17. Being a non-autistic parent of an autistic child doesn't give you authority over autistic adults.
18. Vaccines do not cause autism.
19. Autism and the LGBTQ+ communities have gigantic overlap. /4
20. Autism in females is misunderstood and suffers its own enormous prejudice.
21. There is a very unpleasant subset of autistic culture that is allied to the alt-right.
22. Schools must acknowledge that autistic children are not going to respond like non-autistic children. /5
I'll add to this as more come to me.
I'm trying to make my autism work, including writing, sustainable so I can reduce my hours at work eventually (teaching). Any help is hugely appreciated.
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