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I’ve recently learned that there are a few words I say all the time that are offensive to some people such as “crazy” “dumb” and “lame.” These words can be offensive because they represent long-standing stigmas against mental illness and disability. When people use these words, it can suck a lot for disabled people (/people with disabilities) to hear because it can be a reminder of how part of their identity is stigmatized in society and equated with things that are negative, upsetting, or uncool. This was surprising for me to learn but I think it makes a lot of sense. since I use these words so much and sometimes I feel they so encompass what I’m trying to say, I took a little time poking around on the internet slash my brain to come up with some alternative adjectives that convey the vibes I’m tryna give when I use words like that, but without the ableist connotations. here’s some ideas:

-fricked up









-gnarly (*or even better is the variation ‘gnarls barkley’)







-the worst

also I found “ill-advised” on but I thought maybe that one could possibly be sort of shitty too because of the word “ill” being used to mean both sick and wrong/bad?? 

anyways, I also found a blog post that explains all of this much better than i can and also has lots of great alternative insults/adjectives so take a gander yall


Since being challenged to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge by Ed Neumeier and Saniya Khullar on separate occasions, Shain Neumeier and I took them up on that offer today on what turned out to be a very conveniently hot and humid D.C. Labor Day. Our ice went into the trees and shrubbery to give the plants some moisture. 

We donated $100 to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, which amazingly includes people with ALS among their leadership and focuses on improving quality of life through services and medical interventions. (They basically are far, far better than Autism Speaks at representing and including the people they’re supposed to support.) 

Here’s our video with image description and audio transcription on the YouTube page, and closed captions on the video.

"You mean you are a person with autism. You are a person first, not a disability or a disorder label."

“Some people on the autism spectrum do prefer to be called people with autism, and if talking to someone who does, you should call him or her a person with autism. Many of us, however, prefer to be called Autistic or Autistic people, and if you are talking to someone who prefers to be called Autistic, you should also respect his or her preferences in referring to him or herself, and call that person Autistic. Everyone has the right to decide how they would like to be described, and you should respect that right.”

anonymous asked:

Hi just wondering if you had any really good informative websites,books, articles, documentaries etc. on approaches for autism as I am currently undertaking a project that focuses on how effective autism approaches are. Thanks! C:

First off, Autism Speaks is a terrible organization and should not be trusted; here’s a few links on why:

Legislation they were involved in, which was some messy and complicated stuff:

there’s a few sites you can go to for more information:

Two important articles about autism acceptance:

The vaccines debacle:

Feel free to add anything or send me more useful links!

anonymous asked:

HI! You got this ask a while ago that said "I'm completely 100% pro choice. but I just wondered, can you abort twin embryos? And if so, is the process different? Is this a dumb question?" and you responded "please stray from using ableist terms". I was just wondering, could you tell me where this person was being ableist? thanks :)

D*mb is an ableist slur.



kitsunebi21 asked:

Hi there. I'm High functioning Autistic and have supported Autism speaks for the past few years. I was hoping you could tell me exactly why I shouldn't so I can make a proper informed decision to stop?

Hi there fellow autistic :)

They literally advocate for our elimination.
List of comprehensive articles, links, etc that have been written far better than I could (by other autistics, don’t worry)

Ps: the last two links are written by autistic advocacy groups that are wonderful and actually help us. They are for us (autistics), and by us.

anonymous asked:

Hey u made a txp the other day that had me thinkin like.... U asked people not to call louis stupid because its ableist but im wondering if it's still ableist if im describing what he did and not him himself.. Like what if i said "i did something really stupid today" is that still ableist? Im just trying to learn.

it’s preferable not to say that. it’s one of those things in which it would be better not to say that. a lot of it is also depending on context. i try to use alternative words personally but hey even i slip up sometimes. words like that are really embedded in our minds and it’s difficult to get out of the habit of saying them. 

here are some words to avoid w their alternatives at the bottom of the page (i personally use ridiculous quite a lot haha it works w everything):

Secondly, using the term “differently abled” to refer to disabled people actually reinforces the idea that there is one normal way to be human – that there is one normal way to move, one normal way to communicate, one normal way to sense, one normal way to feel, one normal way to learn, and one normal way to think. It does not perform its intended purpose of suggesting that all people are different and that this is okay. It suggests that only disabled people, who must now be called “differently abled” instead, are deviant or defective from this normal human model, and it suggests that there is in fact a correct or right way to be “able.” It supports the false idea of the normal body/mind, which is what “differently abled” is supposed to undermine, and thus it fails in its supposed purpose.

Ask an Autistic - What's Wrong With Autism Speaks? - Shamelessly reblogged from here:

What’s wrong with Autism Speaks? Why do so many Autistic people protest against Autism Speaks? How does Autism Speaks’ cure rhetoric hurt the Autistic community? What are some good Autism organizations that I can donate to? How can I best support the Autistic community? Answers to all of these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!

My further thoughts on the topic of Autism Speaks, cure culture, and Autism Acceptance:…

Autism Speak’s 2010 Budget Reference:…

More on why Autism Speaks is a terrible organization that hurts autistic people:

Non-verbal Autistic advocates who oppose Autism Speaks and advocate for acceptance and neurodiversity:
Amy Sequenzia…
Amanda Baggs
Henry Frost
Dora Raymaker….
Carly Fleischmann
Ido Kedar

Information on the Autism Rights Movement, Autism Acceptance, and the Social Model of Disability:…………

Autism organizations that I recommend:

My blog: