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not your typical neuron. de gustibus non est disputandum. black lives matter. pronoun: he. d.e.i.
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Sep 23 24 tweets 5 min read
This thread is an attempt to capture the current autistic zeitgeist on twitter. It's not meant to justify or debate these ideas, just to present the baseline for much of the discourse. In no particular order… Most people don't know what autism is or what being autistic is like, including mental healthcare providers. Almost nobody makes any effort to understand us or accommodate our needs, and we're often punished for standing up for ourselves or asking for fair treatment.
Jul 28 20 tweets 5 min read
Let's talk about the autistic nightmare known as the Popularity Contest. It's when there is some kind of competition that is supposedly based on how well one competes but is really about how much people like you. … In middle school, disco was the fad, and also dance contests at the school dance parties. Surprisingly, I was good, and if the teachers judged the contest I (and my partner) would usually win. If the students judged I never made the top 3, and the guys everyone liked won. …
Jul 26 9 tweets 2 min read
Thinking about that time we had an impossible deadline to meet, and my boss offered me a huge cash bonus to work around the clock for a month to meet it. Got it done on time. Boss said "must have not been that hard after all" and said I didn't deserve the bonus and shafted me. Then there was the time I got injured badly right before a company retreat and could barely walk. The CEO told me I should fly to another time zone and spend a week laid up in a hotel room so he could have perfect attendance at the retreat.
May 19 9 tweets 2 min read
#ActuallyAutistic folk aren't inherently bad at communicating, but we do naturally use a different communication style than allistics. That mismatch creates a communication gap, and it's almost always the autistics who have to do the work to bridge that gap. … Reaching across the gap is usually on the autistic, because we're the ones who can't avoid seeing it, and who will suffer most for not bridging it. And we have more experience doing that work, so we have some skills, even if they're not ideal. …
Feb 16 7 tweets 2 min read
There's a thing a lot of us #ActuallyAutistic twitterers do sometimes that allistic folk may not understand. We share our stories of autistic life, so other autistic folk can recognize themselves in their own stories. … It may sound like we are venting, looking for sympathy, or seeking attention (unlike everyone else on twitter?). It may seem weird that we reveal our shame and vulnerability to the world just to mark the trail for those who might follow. That's OK, we're not tweeting for you. …