Well, here we are. "Autism Awareness Month." The time of year in which talks about autism will permeate well into the public consciousness. One of the larger organizations you will see leading the charge this month is one called Autism Speaks. This is rather unfortunate, as Autism Speaks is a charity that is loathed by the autistic … Continue reading Why You Should Not Support Autism Speaks
Coming up on April 2nd is "World Autism Day," couched in what some people have designated as "Autism Awareness Month." Unfortunately, for many autistic people, April has become a month of anxiety due to the darker sides of the "awareness" that is often pushed. There will be "autism walks," wear blue days at schools and … Continue reading This April, go #RedInstead for Autism Acceptance!
Today is going to be an incredibly somber post. Today, March 1st, is the International Disability day of Mourning for disabled people who were murdered by their caregivers. Every year, hundreds, if not thousands, of disabled people are murdered by their parents, their caretakers, or their siblings. The people they should have been able to … Continue reading International Disability Day of Mourning
Imagine that you are trying to create an autistic character for use in a play. The plot of this production centers around autism, and you claim in all of your promotional material that the intention of this performance is to create "love and acceptance." You've had plenty of opportunities to receive input from both autism … Continue reading “All in a Row” Demonstrates how to NOT Portray an Autistic Person – #puppetgate
They say history repeats itself... I don't know if this is necessarily true as much as is the fact that people themselves haven't changed over time. We have the same problems we did hundreds of years ago, but in different forms. The same flawed ways of thinking but applied to different scenarios. I'm taking US … Continue reading Kill the Autism, Save the Child?
Spend enough time in the autism community, and you'll notice the popularity of the "functioning label." "I'm a high functioning autistic," people will proclaim. "My brother has low functioning autism," people will say. You could also put talks of severity in this category with "My son is only mildly autistic" or when people ask "how … Continue reading The Fallacy of Functioning Labels
Believe it or not, the anti-vaccination movement is still going strong, particularly in the United States. One of the most famous claims by these people is the idea that it is vaccines are what cause autism. I shouldn't have to do a lengthy post refuting this, you should know at this point that vaccines absolutely … Continue reading The Anti-Vaccine Movement is Offensive to Autistic People