tw: restraint, ableism, abuse, sia

I will NOT take people declaring that the only autistic people complaining about 'Music' are those who haven't ever 'needed' restraint, when my replies have been so full of autistic people bravely recounting their restraint related trauma.
Fuck you, if you're saying this. Fuck you.

You saying this only proves how little you care about the abuse that so many autistic people have faced, how unwilling you are to listen. You don't believe those that have been restrained are capable of voicing their trauma. Fuck you.
I, an autistic person who has not experienced this kind of restraint, will stand with autistic people who have experienced it and who have lasting trauma from this abuse.

You claim to care about those with 'severe' autism, but you fucking fail to show it with every word.
So, yeah. Fuck you.
Thanks to @Saraheboon for reminding me to link to this.

LISTEN by @Communica1st, a short film by, about and for nonspeaking autistic people. Uplift this and other work like it, if you truly care.

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