Thinking Person's Guide To Autism

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That time of year again, for fellow #autistics, our families, and for pet owners of every Neurotype. Thanks to @rosemauralorre and @wirecutter for this helpful article. How to Block Fireworks Noise for Adults, Kids, and Pets | Wirecutter nytimes.com/wirecutter/blo… via @wirecutter
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There are good reasons why many autistic people avoid eye contact. For instance, eye contact is uncomfortable and invasive. So “when we look away, it doesn’t mean that we are not listening. We are not disrespecting you.” By @doodlebeth: thinkingautismguide.com/2018/01/eye-co… #neurodiversity
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There are good reasons why many autistic people avoid eye contact. For instance, eye contact is uncomfortable and invasive. So “when we look away, it doesn’t mean that we are not listening. We are not disrespecting you.” By @doodlebeth: thinkingautismguide.com/2018/01/eye-co… #neurodiversity
Black Autistic chef Jeremiah Josey co-authored the book Here’s What I Want You To Know in part because of "my hesitation to ever be around an officer in fear of him not understanding my autism & thinking I’m not obeying his commands." learnfromautistics.com/autism-intervi… #AutisticWhileBlack
Increasing I am of the opinion that many autism researchers want to define autism as only those who can’t communicate and therefore can’t contradict them.
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@AutisticDoctor *Actually not joking about this, either - a chief of a major autism charity (not the same one as I mentioned earlier today elsewhere) told our team that she wouldn't ask autistic people for views as it "took too long".
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"The only reason why I continue to have conversations with parents who are in denial, who gaslight autistic experiences, and claim that we're calling them bad parents […] is to get info to help your kid. Not to insult or vilify you." From @AutSciPerson: thinkingautismguide.com/2021/08/wouldn…
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"The only reason why I continue to have conversations with parents who are in denial, who gaslight autistic experiences, and claim that we're calling them bad parents […] is to get info to help your kid. Not to insult or vilify you." From @AutSciPerson: thinkingautismguide.com/2021/08/wouldn…
@SvladCjelli42 I live in NYC. When I have a shutdown or meltdown I can either try making barely comprehensible small talk, or cross the street safely. I’d rather live than compromise my own or anyone else’s safety in the moment. That counts as a communication disorder. (2/2)
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@SvladCjelli42 Yup. I was diagnosed w/ autism at 44, & thought at the time that since I rarely stop talking, I couldn’t possibly have a communication disorder. But when I started 2 consciously save spoons when I was under stress by prioritizing safety over speaking, I realized something (1/)
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Can you have a 'communication disorder' and still be able to express yourself 'very well'?
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"I have never met a nonspeaking autistic person who lacked the motivation to engage in the social act of communication. [But] they may lack the tools to be able to communicate in a conventional, language-based way." Dr. Vikram Jaswal, interviewed at TPGA: thinkingautismguide.com/2022/03/believ…
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Autistic actor Vanessa Burghardt on why she doesn't take some roles: "The character was made up of traits, not a personality. It was like all these things that they think, from a neurotypical perspective, that an autistic person might look like.” @Variety: variety.com/2022/film/news…
Autistic adults are frequently victimized by those they consider friends. We need to develop "supports that enable autistic adults to recognize their own boundaries and advocate for themselves, [and] recognize what a healthy relationship looks like." liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/au… -SR
"We can support autistic kids in joyous, obsessive, atypical play. We can support them in play that NTs might not recognize as “play” at all. […] And we can back off and let autistic kids be autistic kids." By Julia Bascom @JustStimming: juststimming.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/abo… #Neurodiversity
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One thing I’ve learned about autistic people from reading Twitter is that we seem to be perplexed by society but also able to make keen observations about it. Weird.
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One of the things that should scare everyone is that most Americans believe in eugenics regardless of their identity. Many never see themselves as the group they believe deserving of eradication they just hear “should disabled people be allowed to have children?” And go “nope”
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Despite "a shift toward more numerical representation for adults in portrayals of autism [in the media], there’s still plenty of room for improvement, including in the capacity of representations to truly reflect the lived experiences of autistic adults." news.ucsc.edu/2022/06/repres…
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Despite "a shift toward more numerical representation for adults in portrayals of autism [in the media], there’s still plenty of room for improvement, including in the capacity of representations to truly reflect the lived experiences of autistic adults." news.ucsc.edu/2022/06/repres…
Our bodies, our rights! What’s going on at the Supreme Court? Join us for a webinar this tomorrow at 6PM ET to learn more. More info: autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/join-u…
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"We can support autistic kids in joyous, obsessive, atypical play. We can support them in play that NTs might not recognize as “play” at all. […] And we can back off and let autistic kids be autistic kids." By Julia Bascom @JustStimming: juststimming.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/abo… #Neurodiversity
Just a heads up - I think I will change my profile picture very soon to my actual face, and the change will be jarring to many autistic people who follow me, and also to me, so don't worry. 😅
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"I have never met a nonspeaking autistic person who lacked the motivation to engage in the social act of communication. [But] they may lack the tools to be able to communicate in a conventional, language-based way." Dr. Vikram Jaswal, interviewed at TPGA: thinkingautismguide.com/2022/03/believ…
@WeAreAutastic Yep! Then there's the other side of the coin, where a person wants to explain they're autistic so there isn't a misunderstanding of some sort but they're afraid because they don't know how other people will react.
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When you encounter a stranger who you just know is autistic and you want so bad to tell them and change their life for the better forever but you also know the odds of that conversation going well are about zero because stigma, misinformation, & the damage orgs like A$ have done.
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I haven’t been in a relationship but I feel like I would need to have an autistic partner or someone who really is educated on autism and masking. As far as knowing if someone is interested me or not it’s extra tough to tell when you’re also gay lol twitter.com/commaficionado…
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Hello, I’m #ActuallyAutistic and can not gracefully transition topics when I’m speaking, welcome to the sharp left turn we’re going to take from one topic to another completely unrelated topic. Tada!
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Often autistic goals aren’t "the same things my peers are after, so it isn’t helpful to hold my best up to their very different best and use it to make guesses about my future. In some areas, my peers would appear to fall short compared to my best, too." drexel.edu/autismoutcomes…
“A (non-exhaustive) list of things we wish we could have told our younger autistic selves. While we cannot turn back time, we can share these messages with the autistic youth of today.” From Erin Bulluss and Abby Sesterka at @PsychToday: psychologytoday.com/au/blog/insigh… #neurodiversity
Do any other autistic people feel like they properly thrive with a strong support network? While I have some great friends, they're so far away that it still leaves me feeling isolated. My relationship with my family isn't as strong as I'd like either. I think I'd benefit.
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Despite claims the puzzle piece for autism symbolizes 'hope,' "hope in this context, through “increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention,” usually means through increased research of cures & treatments for autism." At @INeurodiversity: …loopaboutneurodiversity.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/the…
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Some people "who struggle with executive functioning skills such as starting, completing & staying on task" are turning to "body doubling"—bc, as @blkgirllostkeys says, "having other people 'around'—even on video chat—makes tedious tasks feel more doable." post-gazette.com/news/health/20…
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Some people "who struggle with executive functioning skills such as starting, completing & staying on task" are turning to "body doubling"—bc, as @blkgirllostkeys says, "having other people 'around'—even on video chat—makes tedious tasks feel more doable." post-gazette.com/news/health/20…
On autism and bullying: "We need to understand that autistic children are generally very honest, & very accurate. Few invent stories to get another child into difficulty, and few invent things that have not happened." @AnnMemmott, at TPGA: thinkingautismguide.com/2020/06/autist… #Neurodiversity
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On why most disabled ppl prefer "disability" not "special needs": "it’s about acknowledging disability without trying to wrap it in cotton wool. It’s about avoiding euphemism, because to euphemise something is to admit the original phrase or word is bad." thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/26-0…
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CN: mention of suicide What does autistic aging look like, and how is that process complicated by adversities like pandemic lockdowns? What is it like to be honest with a therapist as an autistic person, about suicidality and joy? From @johnnyprofane1: autisticaf.me/2022/06/26/loo…
A lot of supposedly tolerant liberal progressive-minded folks are making eugenics jokes and jokes about sterilization. A reminder that Buck v Bell has never been overturned.
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I wish more non-autistic people would consider how hurtful it is to enter a space in which autistic people are explaining which things make their lives harder, and what better choices look like—only to have the non-autistic people endlessly proclaim how much THEY like the things.
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Has anyone #ActuallyAutistic had good experiences with an executive functioning coach, preferably as a job accommodation? Is there anybody you'd recommend? Not asking for a story I'm writing. Asking for me.
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"In light of the critical role SCOTUS plays in interpreting & enforcing laws that affect people w/disabilities, @autselfadvocacy is disgusted that the Court has thrown out decades of settled law to attack our rights to bodily autonomy& self-determination." autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/asan-c…
"If navigating the bureaucracy of disability support is like trying to stay afloat in a tiny raft, aging out of the youth system is a bit like finding yourself in another ocean entirely. Our care systems are precarious and can be ripped out from under us." cbc.ca/news/canada/sa…
Despite claims the puzzle piece for autism symbolizes 'hope,' "hope in this context, through “increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention,” usually means through increased research of cures & treatments for autism." At @INeurodiversity: …loopaboutneurodiversity.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/the…
"…our reflexive responses may be to expect [autistic] children to be able to do & cope the same way as non-autistic peers, which is often neither realistic or possible—and can often lead to avoidable [thinkingautismguide.com/2022/01/autism…] meltdowns, anxiety, self-injury, or aggression." 2/2
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"The ways in which our autistic children react to and exist in the world can be very different from mainstream expectations about behavior. If we parents don’t have autistic insights into why our children act & react the way they do…" researchautism.org/what-is-the-ro… #Neurodiversity 1/2
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"…our reflexive responses may be to expect [autistic] children to be able to do & cope the same way as non-autistic peers, which is often neither realistic or possible—and can often lead to avoidable [thinkingautismguide.com/2022/01/autism…] meltdowns, anxiety, self-injury, or aggression." 2/2
"The ways in which our autistic children react to and exist in the world can be very different from mainstream expectations about behavior. If we parents don’t have autistic insights into why our children act & react the way they do…" researchautism.org/what-is-the-ro… #Neurodiversity 1/2
Happy to see my new paper with @DrAmyPearson +Claire Usher is welcomed. We identified three key themes; agency and a sense of belonging, emotion regulation, and acknowledgement of the differing perceptions that the young people and their caregivers had of gaming. #autism #gaming twitter.com/thinkingautism…
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If you think a "mandatory vasectomy til men prove they can be a father" is even a fun thought experiment, I recommend you go and read up on eugenics. Plus, that inevitably becomes "mandatory IUDs for women" too, which again, has happened in recent US history.
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