Another autistic drawing. I wanted to draw Dory from Finding Nemo saying it but unfortunately I cant draw fish. So instead here is an autistic girl stimming. She is repeating the words “Just keep stimming” which is an altered version of Dory’s “Just keep swimming” quote.
[Image Description: Picture is a drawing of an autistic girl with light brown hair, wearing headphones and a red shirt with the neurodiversity symbol on it, as well as a chew necklace.
She is stimming with echolalia, repeating the words ‘Just keep stimming’. She is also using her headphones to block out overstimulating auditory input, has her eyes closed and is stimming by flapping her hands happily.
Beneath her is the rainbow coloured neurodiversity symbol, with the words ‘Always Stimming’ inside the loops.]
“A person wearing headphones and/or avoiding eye-contact when you are talking isnt necessarily ‘rude’. That person may be autistic and most probably finds it easier to listen like that! Please respect their sensory needs!”
Just a quick PSA.
I’m feeling a lot less pissed off at neurotypicals today so that calls for less angry art.
Avoiding eye contact and wearing headphones all the time is often perceived by neurotypical people as a rather rude gesture. This is unfortunate and is something that really has to be unlearnt for the benefit of autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people who do these things.
Autistic people (as well as some other neurodivergent people) avoid eye contact because the experience ranges from uncomfortable and mildly distressing to very painful and upsetting. Avoiding eye contact is much more comfortable and natural for a lot of us and makes us feel a bit more at ease interacting with people and the world in general. (I will add though that not all autistic people avoid eye contact but enough of us do that it needs to be respected. If you meet a person who says they are autistic but are able to make eye contact yes they are still autistic.)
Forcing an autistic person to make eye contact with you is not only incredibly rude and insensitive, but it is also an act of ableism. You are in no way entitled to force anyone to make eye contact with you. Please respect autistic and otherwise neurodivergent peoples need to avoid eye contact.
Wearing headphones all the time is something a lot of autistic people and people with sensory processing disorder do to avoid sensory overload and meltdowns that can be caused by loud noises or too many noises at once. It is important to remember that our hearing can be more sensitive than yours so what we perceive as loud might not seem that loud to you but that doesnt change the fact that it may still be painful to us.
If an autistic person wears headphones while interacting with you they are not being rude, they are avoiding pain, sensory overload and potential meltdowns. Please respect this. If you try to force an autistic person to remove their headphones you are being rude and insensitive and being very ableist.
That is all for now, unless I have forgotten something. Thank you.
My contribution to #REDInstead. I dont like putting pictures of myself online so I decided it would be a good idea to do a drawing instead.
The picture is a drawing of myself wearing a red hoodie with the words ‘#REDInstead’ written on the front and an Neurodivergent Infinity symbol beneath it. Im wearing red headphones and making a rude gesture with my hand. There’s a speech bubble next to me with the words ‘FUCK your ‘Awareness’ - I’d rather have Acceptance’ written inside.
Since its still April I decided to draw another coloured autism-related picture.
The drawing is of myself (he/him) looking annoyed, wearing a black hoodie with the neurodiversity symbol on it, brightly coloured in. Below ‘me’ is a red coloured sign with the words ‘So tired of neurotypical bullshit’ written on it in black. A wreath of leaves and flowers surrounds myself and the sign.