Dear Allistic Tumblr,
Please kindly stop using “ND” in cases when the person, people, group or issue to which you’re referring is specifically autistic.
(For example, an autistic person started the #actuallyautistic tag and #actually tags in general, and to refer to that creation as by an “ND person” is erasure, since it started in response to Autism Parents and A$ and every other annoying allistic talking over autistics about autism and cluttering up the tags. The creation of #actually anything cannot be referred to as a generically ND thing when it is something that occurred in specific because of autistic-specific ableism.)
Because all I’m seeing is allistics, even ND allistics, using “ND” as a way to avoid saying “autistic”, and that is both erasure and ableism. “ND” is only appropriate when you’re referring to the ND community at large, to issues that impact us all, as a way of uniting many different sorts of folks who have similar experiences and access needs. It is not appropriate to use as a way of not saying “autistic”.
If the person, people, group or issue you’re discussing is specifically autistic, say the word. Autistic.
(Yes, I saw more of this happening today, and I’m now really afraid this is starting to become a thing. Please don’t let this be a thing.)