Autists

Autism is a healthy variation of the human experience, and if autists must learn about the social norms/codes of neurotypicals in order to navigate and participate in society, then neurotypicals would benefit from learning about autists: our love for truth and routines; our honesty and directness; our hyper-logical, highly-intelligent minds; and our special interests, about which we carry encyclopedic knowledge. Autists are not tragedies, nor are we defective. We are commonly-brilliant, neurodivergent people who view and experience the world autistically, honestly and in details, and who live autistic lifestyles. We’re real.

Scarlett's Obstacles Them Aspergers

This week we take a look at some of the issues Scarlett has with her own autism.
  1. Scarlett's Obstacles
  2. Ambition
  3. Confidence
  4. Feeling Scared
  5. Autistic Identity
Infographic of Autism Organizations, including autistic self-advocacy network and Autstic Women and nonbinary network.

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SquarePeg is Amy Richards“resource to help other autistic women find a sense of community, navigate diagnosis, find their true selves again afterwards, and imagine and create lives which fit around their autism, rather than being at odds with it. Lives in which we can be our true selves, without having to fit ourselves into boxes shaped by society’s expectations.”

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Learn from Autistics publishes resources that teach “neurodiversity and environmental accommodations based on autistic input…we believe that autistic input should not be merely sought out as an afterthought or addition to NT advocacy efforts, but rather, that autistic expertise is essential and fundamental to understanding autism. Our website offers a variety of practical parenting and teaching resources with an emphasis on respecting the voice and dignity of the autistic person.

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  1. Being an Autism support instructor for years have never been so real. I am at this point where the discovery that being autistic is not harmful as we think. The neurotypical society does not really understand this difference especially from the parents point of view(that is, affected families). They worry because its not something they are used to; quite frankly at the first point of meeting with them during assessments, you can see bleakness and shock of mixed feelings on them(I do cry with them in some cases).
    But, in the light of the ‘Autism-explained’ summit we will understand what all of these mean and how we can include children and persons with neurological differences in our communities. Acceptance in most countries like mine is still budding, but sure, we will get there! I am so happy to be a part of a school where my teachers are autists…it feels really good. Well-done to you B and all of your team, especially Paul who thought of bringing you guys together and delivering this to us. Cheers to a bright future for all Autists!!!

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