There’s an emerging narrative about disability & professional success that really fucks me off & it comes (subconsciously) from abled people & more consciously from within parts of the disabled community & it’s basically if you achieve professionally, you’re inspiration porn 1/
I am the first to say I don’t believe any disabled person needs to “contribute” (whatever that means) or work to be of value & be worthy of respect, care & inclusion in society. But for those of us who can, and want to, work, nobody should be punished for managing to do it 2/
Those of us who have managed to achieve some of our professional dreams have usually done so with an enormous amount of unseen support & that support should be available to every disabled person. Because our lives are not political statements. 3/
When we go after our life goals it’s because we are painfully aware that we only have one, precious, life & that ours might be shorter than most. It’s an insult to write off years of hard work, clawing & scrapping as “disability porn” or somehow pandering. 4/
Nor, dear abled friends, do we cease to become disabled or “overcome” any disability if we happen to be lucky, supported & scrappy enough to get somewhere. We’ve succeeded as our disabled selves & still need the same support & accommodations, no matter how well we do. 5/
Anyway I’m here to say stop it. Stop it now. Stop shoving disabled people back into their box because you’ve decided our lives are political. Stop doing it to other disabled people. Stop doing it from the outside in. We worked so hard to get here & we deserve better 6/
And if you’re young & disabled & worry about what your future looks like - those who came before you are working to create a society where you’re cared for if you can’t work & supported if you want to. Let’s do our best for everyone & stop shitting on people’s dreams. 7/
Abled people are allowed to have dreams, go after them & celebrate & enjoy it when they achieve them. They don’t have to think twice about their impact on the perception of other abled people. Let disabled people do the same if they wish to or you’re part of the problem. 8/

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20 Jul
Here’s an idea - the biggest fuck you you can give people like this is buying my book. Every time you buy my book, this man gets a little sadder (look - it’s worth a hustle) 😉
In fact - if you buy my book off the back of this tweet with proof of purchase, I’ll donate £2 to a food bank for every sale on top of my regular donation. Then this charming political activist can have the satisfaction that he’s done some good in the world. Will post receipts.
Husband would like me to put a time limit on this so I don’t end up having to sell the cats so how about an 8pm tomorrow cut off for this dealybob!
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This is what happens when people talk about, instead of to us.

Pathologising our personality traits as symptoms. Talking in outdated terms of severity. Ignoring our lived reality that we are forced to mask. Even the language used is not the majority preference by a long shot. Image
Autism is a different neurotype AND a disability, but it’s not an illness.

It’s not a linear experience, mild to severe, it’s a hugely complex picture often incorporating comorbid conditions & in most cases changing drastically over time.
We may well appear outwardly less autistic at points in our lives, mainly because we have been taught to mask our autistic traits or be punished in whichever way - losing friends or jobs or basic respect. That masking has a huge energetic & emotional cost. It can break us.
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