My church let me put together a Children’s story about autism acceptance for April

Hello my name is **** and I am autistic.
Do you guys know what autistic means?

Have you know when you say the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time?
Autistic people do that a lot.

Have you ever said something and everyone looks at you like you’re from a foreign planet?
Autistic people get that a lot.

Have you ever felt like you are not very good at talking to people and you get nervous when you are around a lot of people?
Autistic people feel like that all the time.

Autistic people have more in common with everybody else than they have differences.

I am autistic and I like to have friends, hang out, have fun. I have hopes and dreams and fears and most of what I do is what everyone else does.

When people find out I am autistic they sometimes ask me if I ever had to take “special classes”.
And I tell them yes, I was mostly in honors and advanced placement classes in school.

When people find out I am autistic sometimes they ask if I’ve ever hurt anyone.
And I tell them I punched a girl once in 6th grade and although she was being really mean, violence is never the right answer and I still feel really bad about that.

When people find out I’m autistic from my mom they sometimes totally ignore me and think I can’t speak for myself.
And I speak up when people treat me like this.

If someone is different that doesn’t mean they are less.

April, this month is autism acceptance month.

Autism speaks is an organization that sees different as less and promotes “autism awareness” and a Cure for autism.

Mozart, Bill Gates, Beethoven, Sir Isaac Newton, Emily Dickinson, Henry Ford and Thomas Jefferson were all 100% autistic and because they could see the world in a way others could not the world is a better place. These people did not need a cure.

Microsoft is a company that specifically tries to hire people with autism. This is because most autistic people seem to have a natural talent for working with computers. This is probably because this is a job that needs little to no social skills and you have to be able to picture things and remember hundreds of computer commands, which autistic people are really good at.  I have been a blogger for less than a year and have almost 3,000 followers. Silicon Valley, where most of our computer chips are made, 90% of all these people are autistic, why? Because they are super smart!

Autism does not need a cure, we need to cure people of ignorance.
It’s true that autism makes life hard. I think in pictures and most people think in words, so I have trouble communicating sometimes.

My senses are 10 times more sensitive than the average person because of my autism. All the lights are too bright, the food is too sweet and I don’t want you to shake my hand or hug me because then I will smell your laundry detergent, soap, perfume or cologne on me for the rest of the day, which is overwhelming for me.

I don’t understand how to lie. I am completely gender and color blind, I value education, intelligence and I am a unique, quirky, and super intelligent. I am this way because of my autism.

My brain is wired a bit differently, and that is o.k. I don’t need or want a cure, I want I little patience, understanding and I want to be treated like a human being with kindness and respect.

Here at our church we accept all people of all gender, orientation and autism spectrums.

Happy Autism acceptance month!

Claiming the puzzle piece and letting us, the autistics, define it.

Looks like the puzzle piece logo for autism is never gonna leave because of ableism.

So we need to think of a positive meaning to the symbol and take it out of the hands of non-autistics and own it for ourselves.

The puzzle piece currently means that autistic people don’t fit in with others and are a “puzzle”. I am a PERSON not a “puzzle”. I also expect to treated like a person and not as a jigsaw of random crap.

I think we need to own the puzzle piece logo by changing its meaning to “part of a bigger picture” because autism is different in everyone so one person is not the whole picture but a part of something much bigger that when put together, creates something beautiful and something to be proud of. The symbol could also reflect how we think, how we are good at finding solutions and seeing things differently, how we see something and can connect with it in a way no non-autistic can. And as a woman on spectrum (Aspergers/ASD) I think that’s something to be cherished.

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Hello Tumblr people. This is me. I have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I am absolutely terrified to make this post, which is why it needs to be done. #NoShameDay is a very cool thing and I want to help end the stigma. 

While my disability isn’t physically visible and I am now able to pass as neurotypical, it still affects my life. I am aware of the ways I think and process things differently and I face unique challenges pretty much every day. Yet, only my absolute closest friends know.

I was diagnosed at 3 years old and have undergone tons of therapies to help me function. I am now 22 years old and about to graduate from one of the top 20 universities in the US and will continue on to get my master’s degree. I have an amazing group of friends and an active social life. Funny how when I was first diagnosed, the doctor told my mom to put me in an institution and I would “never be normal.”

I get so ticked off when neurotypicals say that people with autism can’t function in society or don’t have empathy or can’t be smart and if they are smart they are just savants in one thing. I function fine (some social anxiety, but loads of other people have that too), I am filled to the brim with empathy (all I want to do is help people), and screw you I’m brilliant. I just think differently than you do. Different isn’t bad, it’s just different.

ASD is a very misunderstood disorder. It is also very “trendy” to talk about, which really doesn’t help resolve the misunderstandings tbh. 

Like it’s recently been trendy to use autism as the big bad monster in the closet that can be caused by vaccines or eating wrong or whatever unscientific ableist nonsense they want to preach. As though autism is worse than death. It’s offensive. I have been living with ASD for 22 years and I am doing great. 

I welcome anyone who has any questions. Sometimes people with ASD have difficulty speaking for themselves; I am fortunate to have a voice, so I intend to use it.

Happy No Shame Day! I love all of you brave people out there who shared your stories. I also love y’all who are still working up to sharing what makes you unique. You are all beautiful souls. <3 

Across a mere ten-year period — 1993-2003 — statistics from the U.S. Department of Education revealed a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. Autism rates have not increased. That is a myth. Rather, broadening the definition of autism allowed more people to be diagnosed. And at the same time, families became more educated about what “autism” is, and became more open to having their children diagnosed. About 1 in 68 children will be born with autism spectrum disorder.


SpaceX releases footage of attempted barge landing of Falcon 9 rocket.

The video above was taken from a chase plane in the vicinity of SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship. The first stage of the Falcon 9 can be seen approaching the barge, sleeping down for landing, and disrupting the ocean nearby. The video ends around the moment when the rocket should have landed, thereby not showing the rocket’s fate.

In a tweet shortly after the attempt, Elon Musk stated that the rocket had too much lateral velocity to remain upright, and toppled over.

Updated April 20, 2015.

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The autism spectrum is very large. If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you’ll note that there’s an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other – but somewhere in the middle. At this point in history, we don’t have good information to tell us whether MOST people on the autism spectrum are “somewhere in the middle,” but it is clear that the lion’s share of media attention goes to folks at the high and the low ends of the spectrum – that is, the profoundly disabled and the very high functioning.
If the media is to believed, the high end of the autism spectrum is peopled largely by eccentric geniuses – Bill Gates and Albert Einstein are often mentioned, along with Dan Ackroyd and Daryl Hannah – who by and large do very well indeed, though they march to the beat of their own drummer. The reality, however, is that “high functioning autistic” and “genius,” “business tycoon,” and “Hollywood star” rarely go together.
In fact, people with high functioning autism may not have a higher IQ than their typical peers. They may have very little of the kind of intense motivation for public success that sends a Bill Gates to find funders or an Einstein to find a publisher.
They may also have significant challenges which stand in the way of living a comfortable life, succeeding in work or romance, or achieving a sense of self-worth. Those issues are made more challenging, in part, because they surprise and upset others who don’t anticipate odd behaviors or reactions from people who “pass for normal” in many situations.
In addition, while people with more severe autism are not generally expected to just suck it up and get through difficult moments, people on the higher end of the spectrum are expected to do just that. Lastly, people with high functioning autism are, in general, very aware of their own difficulties and extremely sensitive to others’ negative reactions.
Here are just a few of the issues that get between people on the high end of the autism spectrum (including those diagnosed with the now-outdated Asperger syndrome) and personal success and happiness:
Extreme sensory issues. People at the higher end of the spectrum are just as susceptible as people in the middle or lower end of the spectrum to sensory dysfunctions. These include mild, moderate, or extreme sensitivity to noise, crowds, bright lights, strong tastes, smells, and touch. This means that a person who is bright, verbal, and capable may be unable to walk into a crowded restaurant, attend a movie, or cope with the sensory assaults associated with malls, stadiums, or other venues.
Social “cluelessness.” What’s the difference between a civil greeting and a signal of romantic interest? How loud is too loud? When is okay to talk about your personal issues or interests? When is it important to stop doing what you enjoy in order to attend to another person’s needs? These are tough questions for anyone, but for a person on the high end of the autism spectrum they can become overwhelming obstacles to social connections, employment, and romance.
Anxiety and depression. Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders are more common among people with high functioning autism than they are among the general population. We don’t know whether the autism causes the mood disorders, or whether the disorders are the result of social rejection and frustration - -but whatever their causes, mood disorders can be disabling in themselves.
Lack of executive planning skills. Executive functioning describes the skills we use to organize and plan our lives. They allow typical adults to plan schedules in advance, notice that the shampoo is running low, or create and follow a timeline in order to complete a long term project. Most people with high functioning autism have compromised executive functioning skills, making it very tough to plan and manage a household, cope with minor schedule changes at school or at work, and so forth.
Emotional disregulation. Contrary to popular opinion, people with autism have plenty of emotions. In fact, people with autism can become far too emotional in the wrong situations. Imagine a sixteen year old bursting into tears because of a change in plans, or a grown woman melting down completely because her car won’t start. These are the types of issues that can arise for people with high functioning autism, who are capable of doing a great many thing ONLY when the situation is predictable, and no obstacles arise.
Difficulty with transitions and change. Lots of people have a hard time with change – but people with high functioning autism take the issue to a whole new level. Once a pattern is established and comfortable, people with autism (by and large) want to maintain that pattern forever. If a group of friends goes out on Wednesdays for nachos, the idea of going out on Thursdays for chicken wings can throw an autistic adult into a state of anxiety or even anger.
Difficulty with following verbal communication. A person with high functioning autism may be more than capable of doing a task – but unable to follow the spoken instructions provided. In other words, if a policeman says “stay in your car and give me your license and registration,” the person with autism may process only “stay in your car,” or only “give me your license.” The same goes for instructions given, say, at a ballroom dance class, at the doctor’s office, or by a manager in an office setting. As you can imagine, this can cause any number of issues, ranging from serious problems with the police to inadvertent mistakes at work.
As you can see, the term “high functioning” does mean what it says. But high functioning autism is not an easy or simply diagnosis to live with. For those caring for, employing, teaching, or working with people on the higher end of the spectrum, it’s important to remember that autism is autism.

A friend of mine on Twitter just sent me this article. It’s OUTSTANDING. Please click the link and give them a page hit to read it, plus it’ll be formatted cleaner. If you can’t, text is obviously provided above.

(Image caption: These fMRI scans show regions of over- and underconnectivity between the cerebellum and cerebral cortex in young people with autism spectrum disorder)

Brain Connections in Autism

In early childhood, the neurons inside children’s developing brains form connections between various regions of brain “real estate.” As described in a paper published last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, cognitive neuroscientists at San Diego State University found that in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, the connections between the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum appear to be overdeveloped in sensorimotor regions of the brain. This overdevelopment appears to muscle in on brain “real estate” that in typically developing children is more densely occupied by connections that serve higher cognitive functioning.

The study represents the first ever systematic look at connections between the entire cerebral cortex and the cerebellum using fMRI brain imaging, and its findings provide another piece in the puzzle that could one day lead researchers to develop a reliable brain-based test for identifying autism.

Back to the cerebellum

Several decades ago, scientists reported findings that certain regions of the cerebellum—a brain region involved in motor control, but also in cognitive, social, and emotional functions—were often smaller in people with autism than in typically developing people.

That sparked a brief flurry of research activity exploring the cerebellum’s potential role in the disorder. Unfortunately, the direction never truly panned out for researchers hoping for a big breakthrough in understanding, said the study’s corresponding author, SDSU psychologist Ralph-Axel Müller.

“Eventually, interest in the cerebellum waned due to a lack of consistency in the findings,” he said.

Hoping that advances in brain imaging technology would reveal new insights, Müller, working with the study’s first author Amanda Khan, looked back to the cerebellum for their study. Khan is a former master’s student at SDSU and now a doctoral candidate at Suffolk University in Boston.

Over- and underconnected

The researchers directed 56 children and adolescents, half with autism and half without the disorder, to fixate on a focal point while thinking about nothing in particular, using fMRI brain imaging technology to scan the children’s brains as they produced spontaneous brain activity. Capturing this spontaneous activity is crucial to honing in on what are essentially baseline neuronal patterns.

The imaging results revealed that the participants with autism had far stronger neuronal connectivity between sensorimotor regions of the cerebellum and cerebral cortex than did their counterparts without autism. Conversely, the participants with autism had less connectivity between regions involved in higher-order cognitive functions such as decision-making, attention and language.

The sensorimotor connections between the cerebral cortex and cerebellum mature during the first few years of life, when the brains of children with autism grow larger in volume than typically developing children, Müller explained. Connections that serve higher cognitive functions develop later, after this period of overgrowth.

“Our findings suggest that the early developing sensorimotor connections are highly represented in the cerebellum at the expense of higher cognitive functions in children with autism,” he said. “By the time the higher cognitive functions begin to come online, many of the connections are already specialized. If a particular part of the brain is already functionally active in one domain, there may be no reason for the brain to switch it over to another domain later in life.”

Neural neighborhood

Returning to the real estate metaphor, it’s as if most of the available land has already been scooped up by sensorimotor connections before the higher-order cognitive function connections have a chance to move into the neighborhood.

The findings could help scientists and clinicians better understand exactly how abnormalities during brain development lead to various types of autism spectrum disorder. Müller hopes his work will not only contribute to a brain-based diagnosis of autism, but also be a step towards identifying its various subtypes and underlying genetic factors.

“We still don’t understand what in the brain makes a kid autistic,” he said. “You can’t look at a scan and say, ‘There it is.’ We’re doing the groundwork of finding brain variables that might be biomarkers for autism and its subtypes.”

Cameras in Jacksonville spotted SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in port earlier this morning, having just returned from the Atlantic ocean yesterday.

The barge exhibits significant debris on the surface, including what appears to be one of four landing legs and various components of the first stage. However, the barge suffered little damage, and most of the repairs are superficial once the debris is removed.

In a tweet sent out on April 15, the day after the landing attempt, CEO Elon Musk said, “Droneship is fine. No hull breach and repairs are minor. Impact overpressure is closer to a fast fire than an explosion.”

The rocket approached the barge from the right hand side of the image. It landed near where the large pile of debris is, which is likely the remains of one of the landing legs. The video of the landing taken from the barge itself, leaked yesterday, was filmed from the camera tower in the corner of the barge in the middle-left of this image. 

An aerial view of the attempt, seen here, was taken from almost the exact opposite side of the vehicle from the previous video.

Possible Traits of Aspergers in Females

This by no means a comprehensive list, it is simply a reference point, not a diagnostic tool. If you identify with a majority of this list and wish to receive a diagnosis, consult a medical professional, preferably a specialist in autism spectrum disorders who has had experience diagnosing women.

  • Tends to analyze everything constantly
  • Often straightforward and practical in nature.
  • Often gets lost in own thoughts and zones out (may display a blank stare)
  • May appear naive or innocent (despite not being so)
  • Prone to honesty, has difficulty lying
  • May struggle to understand manipulation, disloyalty, vindictive behavior and retaliation.
  • May be gullible and easily taken advantage of, misled, or conned.
  • May have feelings of confusion and isolation in relation to others
  • Escapism frequently used to relax or avoid overwhelming situations.
  • Often holds fixations, obsessions, and extreme interest in specific topics.
  • Finds comfort in escaping through imagination, fantasy, and daydreaming.
  • Often has slower reaction times due to need for mental processing.
  • May have had imaginary friends as a child.
  • Frequently imitates (takes social cues from) people on television or in movies.
  • May obsessively collect, organize, count, categorize, or rearrange objects.
  • Often highly adapted to social imitation.
  • May find math and numbers easier to deal with due to logic and lack of objective answers.
  • May struggle to relax or rest due to many racing thoughts.
  • Often has comorbid conditions, such as OCD, anxiety, ADD or ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
  • Often has sensory processing disorder (sight, sound, texture, smells, taste)
  • May have dyspraxia (Poor muscle tone, lack of coordination and depth perception)
  • May have dyslexia
  • May have an eating disorder or food obsessions
  • May have been misdiagnosed or diagnosed with other mental illness or possibly labeled a hypochondriac.
  • Tends to drop small objects
  • May frequently engage in “stimming” (self-stimulation) i.e., flicks fingernails, flaps hands, drums fingers, rubs hands/fingers, tucks hands under or between legs, clenches fists, twirls hair, taps foot/shakes leg, sways side to side, spins in circles, bouncing up and down, rocking, etc.
  • May use various noises to express herself rather than using words.
  • May have a tendency to over-share with friends and sometimes strangers
  • May have little impulse control when speaking
  • May accidently dominate conversation at times.
  • Often relates discussion back to self (sharing as a means of reaching out)
  • May be incorrectly seen as narcissistic
  • Often sounds eager or over-zealous at times.
  • May feels as if she is attempting to communicate “correctly.”
  • Often struggles with and is confused by the unwritten social rules of accurate eye contact, tone of voice, proximity of body, stance, and posture in conversation.
  • Eye contact often takes extreme focus, which may lead an individual’s eye contact to be darting and insufficient, or over-the-top staring/glaring.
  • May have difficulty regulating voice volume to different situations. Is frequently observed as being either too loud or too quiet.
  • Conversation, specifically small talk, can be exhausting.
  • May have trouble focusing on/engaging in conversation that is not centered on one’s primary interests.
  • May observe and question the actions and behaviors of self and others continually.
  • May have difficulty with back-and-forth conversation
  • Trained self in social interactions through readings and studying of other people.
  • Visualizes and practices how she will act around others and before entering various social situations.
  • Difficulty filtering out background noise when talking to others.
  • Has a continuous dialogue in mind that tells her what to say and how to act when in a social situations.
  • Sense of humor sometimes seems quirky, odd, or different from others.
  • As a child, it may have been hard to know when it was her turn to talk, may still be true as an adult.
  • Often finds the norms of conversation confusing.
  • Tend to say what they mean. Are often brutally honest, coming off as rude when they do not mean to be.
  • May feel misunderstood and tend to over-explain/ramble in an attempt to compensate for possible miscommunication.
  • Feels extreme relief when she doesn’t have to go anywhere, talk to anyone, answer calls, or leave the house.
  • Feelings of dread about upcoming events and appointments on the calendar.
  • Knowing she has to leave the house causes anxiety from the moment she wakes up.
  • The steps involved in leaving the house are overwhelming and exhausting to think about.
  • Must prepare herself mentally for outings, excursions, meetings, and appointments.
  • Question next steps and movements continually.
  • Often needs a large amount of down time or alone time.
  • May feel extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable in public locker rooms, bathrooms, or dressing rooms.
  • Tends to dislike being in crowded areas.
  • Difficulty sleeping due to sensitivity to environment
  • May be highly intuitive to others’ feelings, although may not appear to react to them ‘correctly’ in social situations
  • May take criticism and judgement very personally
  • May frequently adapt her viewpoints or actions based on others’ opinions
  • Dislikes words and events that hurt animals and people.
  • May have had a desire to collect or rescue animals, usually in childhood.
  • Often holds great compassion for suffering.
  • May try to help, offer unsolicited advice, or formalize plans of action.
  • Imitates others without realizing.
  • May exhibit codependent behaviors.
  • May frequently reject or question social norms.
  • Chameleon-like in social situations. Often switches preferences and behaviours based on environment and other people.
  • May outwardly appear to have little investment in hygiene, clothes, or appearance, often prefers fast and easy methods of style.
  • Clothing style is likely more focused on comfort and practicality, especially in the case of sensory issues.
  • May possess a youthful appearance and/or voice.
  • May have trouble recognizing what she looks like and/or has slight prosopagnosia (difficulty recognizing or remembering faces).
  • The emotions of oneself and others may seem confusing, illogical, and unpredictable.
  • Expects that by acting a certain way certain results can be achieved, but realizes in dealing with emotions, those results don’t always manifest.
  • Often speaks frankly and literally.
  • Certain kinds of humor, such as sarcasm and metaphors, may be difficult to understand.
  • Can be confused when others ostracize, shun, belittle, trick, and betray.
  • Often has trouble identifying feelings in others unless they are extreme.
  • Trouble with the emotions of hate and dislike.
  • May have feelings of pity for someone who has persecuted/hurt her.
  • Situations and conversations sometimes perceived as black or white.
  • The middle spectrum of outcomes, events, and emotions is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood. (All or nothing mentality).
  • May notices patterns frequently.
  • May be fascinated by words or song lyrics.
  • Tends to best remember/learn things in visual pictures (visual thinkers).
  • May have a remarkable memory for certain details, i.e., may find it surprisingly easy to remembers exact details about someone’s life.
  • Executive function is often a challenge
  • Learning to ride a bike or drive a car may be rather difficult.
  • Anything that requires a reasonable amount of steps, dexterity, or know-how can rouse a sense of panic.
  • The thought of repairing, fixing, or locating something can cause anxiety.
  • May have a hard time finding certain objects in the house, but remembers with exact clarity where other objects are.
  • May frequently second-guess oneself and ask a lot of questions before engaging a task or situation

This list was compiled from various personal accounts and symptom lists. It is subjective and does not include every identifiable trait. Nor is it entirely medically accurate. Please do your own research into AS before self-diagnosing. 

When reblogging, feel free to add additional traits you believe to be common in AS females that will be useful for others to know.

To all people with Autism;

Yesterday I was out on a college campus, talking to people about abortion (it’s what I do - I’m currently volunteering with a pro-life group before my full-time job starts at the end of July.) I had a long conversation with this girl named Chloe who told me she had autism. We talked through a lot of different arguments for and against abortion, but that wasn’t what she really wanted to talk about.

Eventually, it came down to her telling me that her mom had told her she shouldn’t ever be a mother because of her autism. Chloe wants to be a mother someday, after she finds “Mr. Right,” and she knows that she shouldn’t risk pregnancy by having sex before she’s found him. But she was worried that she wouldn’t be a good mother, because her mom told her so.

I assured her that people with autism can be parents, and that her autism may even work to her benefit of her child is also diagnosed with autism (she’d have an easier time relating with her child). I told her that my mom, who works with people who have autism, knows parents who have autism. Chloe had never heard of that before. I was the first person to tell her that having autism didn’t mean she couldn’t - or shouldn’t - be a parent.

When I told my mom about this later, she said that the dad of a friend of mine from elementary school had aspergers (I’d never noticed). Which means not only are there people on the spectrum who are good parents, but I know one!

So let me tell this to every person out there on the autism spectrum, in case nobody’s ever told you:

You can be a parent. You are fully capable of doing that. If you need help and support, look for a local clinic or group that provides care for people with autism. Many have adult programs, and you can ask them what they can do to help you as a parent.

But don’t let anyone, ever, tell you that because you have autism you’ll never be able to have children.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Your post was informative & awesome but I had one question. Are abled people not supposed to say for example "they're a person with austism/etc." opposed to "autistic person"? I thought "people-first" language was preferred. A few people I know with disabilities (or is it disabled people?) told me the same and when I took a class on exceptional education I told people first language is the only way in a professional setting. Maybe I'm not understanding your post.

I’m not sure which post this was as I’ve written various on the subject but I’ll just try and respond to the language question

Basically, most abled people, especially in the education field and medical fields preach that disabled people should be referred to with “person first” language because it reminds everyone that we are not defined by our disabilities and are people first.

On the surface, to an abled person, this probably sounds really respectful and great. Unfortunately as with most things in those fields, it is decided and enacted by abled people against disabled people’s wishes and actually represents some pretty harmful ideas.

Firstly, the idea that we should not consider being disabled an important part of our identity is a way of trying to stop us forming communities and movements. By instead grouping us vaguely first and foremost as ‘people’ it alienates disabled people and makes us more palatable for abled people, after all, if they can pretend we’re not disabled, they might actually think of us as people.

Also there’s this connotation that if you put ‘with disabilities/autism’ there can also exist for us a time when we are ‘without disabilities/autism’. It is a form of separation of our identity from us in order to stress the fact that they don’t want it to be a part of us. According to them we’re not Autistic, we just happen to have autism and one day they hope to chop that last bit of the sentence off. By saying no we are disabled, we are Autistic it cements our identity as a core part of our being not just an extra.

And with regards to the ‘disabled/with disabilities’ but not so much the ‘Autistic/with autism’ argument there’s also a heavy amount of depoliticising. By saying we are with disabilities, suddenly no person is to blame for our problems. Oh of course she can’t get in the building, she has a disability. Ah yes, he can’t go to school, he has a disability. This is a false presentation of what disability is.

Disability is not something we carry with us, it is a form of oppression enacted on us, we are actively disabled by society for our impairments and differences. They disable us through different barriers, physical, economic and social. In this way of speaking, abled people are at fault for our problems and they are what need to change, not us.

So in short

- With disabilities/autism - A term taught by abled people which ignores the reality of our existence and tries to deny us community and prevent us from organising. Treats our disablement as a passive and neutral thing. I honestly hate being referred to as either of these terms.

- Disabled/Autistic - More common among actual disabled people which addresses the root causes of our oppression as well as acknowledging our identities as important and part of us. Much better terms to use in my eyes.