Thursday, July 30, 2015

The long and winding road...

       I was misdiagnosed with A.D.D. when I was a child. My 

speech development was typical so my doctors never thought to 

have me tested for autism. I was put on medication for A.D.D. 

which didn't do anything for the social deficits associated with 

autism. So all throughout elementary school and high school I had 

a difficult time making friends and fitting in, but since they were 

treating me for A.D.D. I never got the help I needed so I eventually 

ended up getting so far behind that I gave up and dropped out of 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Autism Acceptance


  • Allowing me to stim in public without shame
  • Listening to behavior
  • Respecting all forms of communication
  • Paying Autistic employees a real wage
  • Stimming together
  • Where normal is self-defined
  • Integrated classrooms
  • Joint echolalia
  • Not trying to force people to look you in the eye
  • Presuming competence
  • Listening to me even when I'm hard to understand
  • Providing sensory free rooms
  • Respecting my rights
  • The radical notion that Autistics are people 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tenets Of Autism Acceptance

[Image: A rainbow infinity symbol with autism acceptance written across it]

Tenets Of Autism Acceptance

  • Non-verbal ≠ Non-thinking
  • Behavior is communication
  • Not a processing error, a different operating system
  • Practice love, not fear
  • Presume competence
  • If you've met one Autistic person, you've met one autistic person
  • Different, not less
  • If you want to know about Autism, ask an Autistic person
  • We need all kinds of minds
  • Acceptance is an action