shoutout to autistic people who get sensory overloads being surrounded by crowds and strange smells and people touching them at school

shoutout to autistic people who get meltdowns and shutdowns and need to find a quiet place at school, whether its in the middle of class or not

shoutout to autistic people who are expected to make eye contact when talking directly to teachers and can’t

shoutout to autistic people who stim and are looked at as weird and/or told not to

shoutout to autistic people who have trouble making friends because of “socially awkward” behavior like having their voice too quiet or loud and not understanding social gestures

shoutout to autistic people who are excluded from friend groups and/or cliques because their behavior seems weird or unnatural to allistics

shoutout to autistic people dealing with school u rock

On “romanticizing” Autism

The biggest problem I have with “Stop romanticizing Autism” is that, in saying this, the speaker is treating autism like a terrible disease. Imagine if in every argument like that, “Autism” was replaced with “the flu”. While it’d still be a weird argument to make, it’d make a little more sense more sense – the flu is dangerous, but also temporary and curable. Autism, on the other hand, is not a disease. I am Autistic. Autism is me. It defines a lot of my life. It is the way I think and the way I act. I have always been Autistic and always will be Autistic. I am different, and that’s not bad, though a lot of people want me to think that it is. See, I’m very happy to be me, but then people try to tell me that I shouldn’t be. That romanticizing Autism is dangerous and wrong. That being even content to be Autistic spreads a bad view of what Autism is. When they tell me this, whether they realize it or not, they are telling me that I am dangerous and wrong. They are telling me that these things I can’t control are horrible, and that I shouldn’t be content with who I am until I completely erase myself and act like a “normal” human being.

Do you want to know what happened when I thought I might be Autistic? I cried. I cried with relief and joy and raw happiness. I cried because I finally knew why I was different, why I never fit in. I thought I should be mad at my mother for keeping her suspicions from me for so long, but everything was trumped by glee. I barely knew what Autism was and I was weeping. Now, whenever I see and participate in this Autistic community, I relive part of that joy. Interacting with people that I can finally relate to, who finally understand my “quirks” and interests. All of these positive posts about stimming and special interests and sensory issues – I think, where have these been all my life?

And then someone responds to those posts. Rants about how romanticizing ourselves is “toxic” and “wrong”. Demands, and I quote, “… could you please not fucking romanticise autism???” And my stomach twists. I remember that not everyone tolerates different ways of thinking. I realize again that this person, and so many others, hate me just for liking myself. It makes me think – should I like myself? 

And then I realize what I’m saying and think “FUCK that noise.” I’m happy. I’m happy to be me and I’m happy that I’m not that person and I love this community and everything it stands for. I have a home where people understand, and I’m not going to let one misinformed dickweed take that away from me or anyone else. I am Autistic, and I am the fucking coolest. Why blame myself for what bothers that childish prick? I’m not to blame if they’re in the wrong. Neither is any other Autistic person out there.

To any Autistic person reading this, don’t let them get to you. Say “Fuck you, I’m incredible!” because it’s true. Use that block feature – you don’t ever have to see their crusty ass on your dashboard again. You’re Autistic, you’re incredible, and you don’t need that person’s validation to be happy. 

Sorry this post was kind of all over the place. I needed to share my thoughts on this subject.

“But you seem so normal”

“I know that sounds like a compliment, but it’s not. From a very young age we are taught to try our hardest to blend in with the rest of the world. It can get exhausting.”

You forgot to mention absolutely terrifying!

As some of you are aware, there is a thing that I tried developing known as an NT-Coverup, and sometimes its difficult to “pretend” when I need to “pretend”.

Especially if its awkward situations ._.

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autism things rarely talked about

-intuition/6th senses

-uncertainty of gender

-intense emotions

-interest in writing/poetry/art

-intense passion/interest in social justice

-insomnia

-vertigo/motion sickness

-imaginary friends

-sense of superiority

-collecting things but not using them

-prolonged staring/eaves dropping

Lee says:

We received an ask that wanted to know if I was professionally diagnosed as Autistic, so I’m going to address this here once and then any other questions about this should be sent to my personal blog. Yes, I was professionally diagnosed with Autism as a kid, and then re-diagnosed two years ago when I had to get my high school accommodations. However, I would like to add that some Autistic people can’t get a professional diagnosis like I did. It costs money that some people can’t afford to spend for one thing, and there are many other things that make getting an actual diagnosis impossible for some people. I’m happy to answer questions about Autism, but this isn’t the right place.

stop asking me if i’ve heard of temple grandin

yes i have heard of temple grandin

most autistic people have heard of temple grandin because she seems to be the only autistic person allistic people have heard of

temple grandin is not the supreme ruler of autistic people

Hey guess who just bought a new stim toy and his first pair of sunglasses to block out the terrible bright lights? This autistic guy! I’m Cayden (he/him) and I turn 18 tomorrow yay :) I also start my first job Monday so I treated myself to these nice sensory things and I wore my favorite shit!

My special interests are How To Train Your Dragon, marvel (mainly Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and Big Hero 6), psychology, history, veganism, Fall Out Boy, and PEZ dispensers

My blog is saintsofchicago if you wanna check out my mess of a blog lol. Hope everyone’s doing well!