I don't think I'm very interested in the mainstream autistic rights movement any more. Don't get me wrong I'm still going to fight for autistic people I'm just tired of investing my time and energy into organizations just to find out that they don't really give a shit about me because I don't have money to donate or the connections to get them free publicity. I don't care what people think about me, I care about freedom for autistic people. It's not going to come by begging people in power to stop discriminating against us, it's going to take building our own organizations and our own communities outside of the non-profit industrial complex where we can collaborate with one another to solve our problems rather than waiting for permission from non-profit boards who are more worried about their funding than they are about the people they claim to want to help.
I don't want charity. Charity is what bougie people do every year to feel good about themselves and to get tax write off's. I don't want charity what I want is solidarity. I want people who are willing to join me as equals on the front lines to fight for our liberation and our lives. The organization I founded has no budget whatsoever, but that has forced me to be more creative when it comes to how I reach people. I've got people emailing me all the time asking me questions and it doesn't take money to share what I've learned with people. As a chronically unemployed autistic living well below the poverty line I'm really sick of this bougie mentality in the autism activist community that you have to be able to afford to go to conferences in order to be considered a serious scholar because it leaves people like me out who don't have the resources to participate in events that cost money, I'd love nothing more than to be able to afford to travel around and learn more about autism, but when you have a family of 4 living on 1 SSI check a month that doesn't leave you with much more than what you need to survive. So yeah fuck all those bougie mother fuckers who look down on me because I'm poor. In case you hadn't noticed only 17.5 percent of disabled people were employed in 2015 and that's the entire disability community. If you take a look at how many of those people are autistic the number would probably be lower. If you claim to be about inclusion but you're not doing anything to address the rampant poverty in our community which excludes people then GTFO of my face with that BS.