As April (Autism Awareness Month) winds down, I'd like to remind everyone NOT to support Autism Speaks. They are a terrible organization and very detrimental to people with autism and their families— for more information on this, please ask me or Google it. If you'd like to donate to organizations that actually uplift autistic people and their families, I would encourage you to research some like Autistic Women’s Network and/or Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
Not many people know this, but I have ASD. ASD refers to Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I was diagnosed about two years ago with Asperger's, which is a high-functioning variant of ASD. People with Asperger's/Autism are not all the same, and while some of us have spectacular memory and can do math in our heads faster than a calculator, others have different things we are good at. Most people who have autism have heightened sensory awareness, non-standard methods of learning and problem-solving, stimming, tendencies to hyperfocus, atypical ways of communicating, etc. I want to highlight the fact that people with autism are not burdens to society or any lesser than NT (neurotypical) people. There is a long way to go for ASD research— my family tried to get a diagnosis long ago for me, and I was misdiagnosed, largely based on the opinions of then-experts who told us that 'Asperger's was a condition for boys', which is wholly untrue.
If you want to advocate for us, please remember that there are already lots of autistic people advocating for the community, so please— have a voice, but don't speak over us. Do not correct us for the terms we use. Another thing that is super important: DO NOT treat us like babies or speak down to us. We are capable of knowing what we want.
Thank you for reading all of this! I hope that this post has informed you in some way. If you already know all of this, that's great! If you didn't and you're curious, please DM me and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions, providing they are not invasive or rude.
Have a great day 🌞
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