“Citizen Autistic (2) is a follow up to my film Citizen Autistic, which I made in 2013. The second film continues to offer an inside look at the disability activists on the front lines of the fight for human rights and self-advocacy. In these times we must be aware how the issues of race, economic disparity and disability rights are intertwined. My aim is for a broad spectrum to be represented: not just white, not just adults, not just verbal. Have things gotten better since making Citizen Autistic? Strides have been made in legislation and media awareness, but the day to day struggle continues for most of us.”
You cannot honestly believe that a person spending one night on WebMD has more medical knowledge than a trained professional that has spent 10+ years studying how to accurately identify mental illness.
No I don’t but here’s the thing: You are completely misportraying the reality of self-diagnosis
Every person I know who has self diagnosed has not just spent one night on webmd. People spend weeks, months, sometimes years, trying to work out what’s different about them, often referring to multiple sources.
Official diagnosis can be expensive, inaccessible, lengthy or downright impossible depending on who and where you are. Acting like only those with the privilege to be able to acquire an official diagnosis are disabled is ridiculous.
Doctors are not all-knowing. Doctors make mistakes, doctors have prejudices, doctors miss signs or misdiagnose, many doctors do not know a lot about specific illnesses and disorders or do not remember everything from those 10+ years. I had a psychiatrist who literally googled things on her tablet in front of me in sessions.
I’ve had various mental health professionals admitting to me they know nothing about Autism and asking me to explain things. (One place even turned me away from mental health care on the grounds that they ‘did not know how to deal with Autistic people’)
Disabled people know their minds and bodies better than anyone else. We are constantly denied agency and the refusal to acknowledge what we know about ourselves unless we have an official diagnosis from a usually abled medical professional is incredibly damaging. This creates a situation in which the medical system controls and gatekeeps the disabled community and does not help us at all.
Stop trying to simplify this issue and make it sound like something its not.
I’ve seen a few comments bandied back and forth about how we don’t need awareness, we need acceptance, so I made this. I do think that people need to be aware before they can start to be accepting, but I’d rather people came at us from a point of view of trying to understand our differences rather than just being aware of them - a more involved point of view than that of a zoo visitor goggling in through the glass.
Everyone always jokes about Danse being super obsessed with weapon/armour modding in an almost sexual way but I like to think that weapons/armour (especially power armour) are his special interests and he totally infodumps all he knows about parts etc to the Sole whenever they’re using a workbench.
Imagine Danse sitting up all night studying the parts of a laser rifle, or re-reading old manuals until they fall apart, or studying every detail of his power armour until he knows every joint and surface off by heart.
Hello, I’ve been following this blog for a while now and it has been very helpful. I’ve learned a great deal and I would like to do something of my own that might benefit people.
I’m launching my own project, titled ‘The anxious travelers guide’
A tumblr blog (at least to begin with) which will be dedicated to compiling resources to assist anxious and autistic travelers.
I want to focus on the elements that are not usually found in travel guides. Giving people much more detail about what they might experience on their travels, whether they are on holiday or traveling for work or school.
I want to create picture stories of how to get a bus in Poland. Be able to show people what it will be like to travel by train to France. Where you will find a quiet place to calm down in Norway.
As well all of this, I want to provide tips and tricks for dealing with sensory overload. Ways to reduce stress. Anything that might make traveling just a little bit easier for people who are autistic or dealing with anxiety.
This is a huge project, and I know I cannot do it on my own. So if it is possible, I would really appreciate if you could share this with your followers, perhaps some of them would be able to participate in creating these resources.
To begin with, I think I’ll start with train stations. If any of your followers are able to help. I’d love to have pictures or explanations of what it’s like getting the train in their home town.
The tumblr is: anxioustravelersguide.tumblr.com
I’m only just getting started, I’m excited and hopeful. Any and all help would be appreciated .
Hi there! My name is Liese, and this is a new blog aimed at being a safe place for people who are new to the autistic community to ask questions and explore, without having to be afraid of being wrong, or of being yelled at for not knowing things. Of course, older members of the community who are willing to be patient with those still learning are also welcome!
The blog is still a work in progress, so please bear with me! I am working on a resource page that will cover common topics such as Person First Language vs. Identity First Language, stimming, sensory processing, and other such topics.
The ask and submit are open, so feel free to ask or submit anything! If you have any feedback on the accessibility of the theme, please let me know. I have tried to pick a theme that is easy to read and navigate, but let me know if it’s causing you problems.
And since I am sure people will ask: Yes, you can follow us if you’re not autistic! I am not going to be checking people’s blogs. All I ask is that you respect the purpose of the blog.
I think that’s all! I look forward to trying to help and support the newcomers to our community!
1: Set yourself alarms and reminders for yourself on your phone. e.g at 8am it’ll go off and say ‘you need to read X journal today’ or ‘essay due next tuesday’
2. Make a checklist of everything you need in order to study, e.g textbooks, pens etc. When you leave your house for uni, make sure you’ve ticked everything on your list so you haven’t forgotten anything.
3. Find somewhere quiet to work, if your house/flat is too noisy, head to the library or other study areas. Many universities and colleges have accessable rooms to students with learning differences and disabilities, make use of them!
4. Apply for DSA! It is such a huge help. - DSA is disabled students allowance. (UK ONLY) It is a government funded benefit that enables us access to things such as mental health support, free laptop with learning assisting software, printing credits, book credits etc.
5. Listen to music. I find listening to classical music helps me study, and keeps me relaxed while i am reading/writing. It also helps me to block out distractions.
6. Take breaks! If you are getting stressed because you are losing your focus or there’s too much sensory stimuli around you, take a break and come back to it later.
7. Nourish your body. Remember to eat and drink!
8. E-mail your lecturers if you are stuck, trust me they like it when you ask them for help, don’t sit in silence. I am well respected in my college at Uni because I struggle, yet go to the lecturer when I need help, and they are always happy to point me in the right direction.
9. Forgive yourself, we all make mistakes.
10. Schedule ahead, sometimes tasks take us longer than someone neurotypical, allow yourself extra time to do things e.g reading, or getting to an appointment/meeting.