If anyone ever expresses that they do not want to talk to you or be touched
  • Please take this seriously (no they don’t want you to jokingly poke them)
  • Understand that what may not seem like a big deal to you can be perceived very differently but no less genuinely by them. 
  • Understand that although sometimes they may be willing to be talked to and touched by you or others at other times, this is not always the case.
  • Don’t be offended, they’re not trying to be rude and it’s usually not personal.
  • You should never touch someone who doesn’t want you to anyway.

Respect personal and social boundaries. 

  • Me:*Points at a character* Well, they're autistic
  • Other people:No please...you're fetisishing, romanticising a very serious condition...everyone is allistic, please don't make us think about you
  • Me:*Points at character* Love that autistic character
This is a PSA: If you are allistic you do not get a say in anything that has to do with autism.

You get to shut up and listen to autistic people. Period.

It doesn’t matter if your child is autistic, or your nephew or your sister or ANYONE else. If you yourself are not autistic you don’t get a say.

You also do not get to speak over actual autistic people and say “Yeah but my *insert relative here* is actually autistic and isn’t like you and they really struggle!”

Guess what? We do not struggle because we are autistic. We struggle because of our environment and our needs not being met. Odds are that if the autistic person you know has a hard time it has nothing to do with their autism and everything to do with the people and stimuli around them.

So stop trying to speak for us and over us and shhhhh.

Listen to us. We’ll tell you what we need and how to help us and whether or not what you’re saying/doing is offensive to us. We get to decide what we’re capable of and if we feel like you’re respecting us properly.

"But what if the person in question is nonverbal?" I hear you ask? Well, allistic person, that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of communicating. There are many ways to communicate other than verbally and they still reserve the right to speak for themselves. You are not "their voice", it is not your job to speak for them. Sit down.

Appreciation for all the Autistics out there who have executive functioning problems/issues with processing, remembering and organising information and as a result often feel like they frustrate others and themselves.

US colleges and universities need to do better at meeting the needs of disabled students.

This is a link to an amazing 5 page article on being disabled in college. I can’t recommend it enough. It shows just how pervasive ableism is and how difficult it is to attempt college when you’re disabled. It shows that we’re not respected or welcome at US colleges in a lot of ways. In Europe, it’s a different story entirely.

After reading this, Rachel and I had a talk about me possible doing my PhD in England instead of the US, since I have a much better chance of success there. It’s sad that the US puts all the stress on the disabled to change and act more normal when other countries put the stress on society to work with the disabled and be accepting.

Again, please read and share this article. This is the best I’ve seen on the subject, hands-down.

There is apparently an article circulating about how there’s a CDC “whistleblower” who has blown the cover off the vaccines cause autism conspiracy.

Please do not share this as it’s 1) scientifically bunk and 2) has led to the deaths of autistic children through a process known as “chelation therapy” which seeks to treat “vaccine-injured” children by taking away “heavy metals in the blood.” Chelation therapy also causes people to suffocate when there is no heavy metal poisoning in a person, as was the case for these autistic children.

We also ask you to critically analyze the ableism inherent in anti-vaccine ideas. Vaccines save lives by making us immune to potentially deadly pathogens like chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, and other diseases. So by wanting to avoid something which can save a person’s life for fear of that person becoming autistic, the underlying assumption is that autism is worse than death.

This is ableist. This is dehumanizing. Please do not contribute to these attitudes by sharing that article. Thank you.

Sincerely, the Autistic President of Disabled Abled Coalition.