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We are #NotMssng!

Back in June, Autism Speaks announced that they were partnering with Google Cloud on Genetic research. There was an invasion of a Google Cloud hashtag event by autistic advocates and our supporters in response. Unfortunately, Google didn’t get the message. 

Now, Autism Speaks is having their own Hashtag event called “#Mssng” in support of the Ten Thousand Genomes Project between Google and Autism Speaks. They are asking people to take the vowels out of their usernames to represent the “missing pieces” of the “Autism Puzzle.” 

Be here’s the thing: we are #NotMssng! Autistic people are here, right now. We are not missing pieces, and are whole people just as we are. Being autistic doesn’t mean we are missing some essential part of being human, it just means that we need support and acceptance. Let’s let people know that autistic people are not missing anything!

Below the cut are some sample tweets for both Autistics and our allies to tweet. Some tweets are written in a way where you can change it depending on who you are- for example, “We/They” is in the first tweet. Feel free to suggest additional sample tweets and to tag us (@autselfadvocacy on twitter) in your tweets! 

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