autism-awarness

Double sided Mirror, Mosaic Heart Make Up Mirror, Cameo Pocket Mirror, Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness mirror. This piece is perfect to express your love and respect! You might even just love puzzles like my mom did! This mirror is double sided and is in the shape of a loving heart.

I hand made the puzzle pieces from polymer clay in green, red and blue. Some of the pieces do have a bit of black from the grout I used! Please look at the photo carefully. Remember, this mirror is handmade with love and care. I used lovely purple stained glass to surround the puzzle pieces. I grouted it all in black and it is sealed very well!

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A PSA: How To Talk About Autism If You Are Not Autistic

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As a result of Autism Acceptance/Awareness Day/Week/Month, there are a lot of articles floating around the internet about autism, written by non-autistic people. While I have absolutely no doubt that these people are well-intentioned, I cannot help but be peeved off by the way that they write about something that they know very little about. I could be forgiven for being less forgiving about these people that think they’re doing us a favour by speaking on our behalf, but I’m feeling kind so I’ve decided to come up with a list of helpful tips for our neurotypical ‘helpers’ to use in the future.  

DON’T use person-first language, ie. “a person with autism”. Most autistic people are against it. It makes it sound as if our autism is detachable, an add-on to our lives, a quirky accessory.

DO use identity-first language, ie. “an autistic person”. My autism is a crucial part of my identity, and that’s OK!!!!  

DON’T say to/about an autistic person,“Your autism doesn’t define you!”/“Your autism is a part of who you are, but it’s not all you are!”. Actually, autism is a pervasive condition. It affects literally every aspect of my life so … yeah, it does define me. And that’s OK!!!

A lot of these things come from a wish to distance oneself from the word autism – presumably because of its historically negative connotations. But unless it is being specifically used as an insult, autism is not a bad or dirty word! (R****d is though. For the love of god, it’s 2016, why am I still hearing/seeing that word???)

DON’T presume to be an expert on autism because you know an autistic person. When you meet your second autistic person, you’ll be awfully confused as to why they aren’t the same … hopefully one or both of them will sit you down and explain that your “once you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met them all” viewpoint is bogus.  

DON’T talk for or over autistic people. We never asked you to do that!!! We can speak for ourselves!!!!  

Really, it all comes down to that last point. The best thing you can do, as a non-autistic person, is to listen to autistic voices and elevate them whenever you can. The worst thing you can do is to speak over us. This message is important across all social issues – feminism, racism, etc. - and it’s no different within autism discourse.  

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Why Autism Speaks Hurts Us | Think Inclusive
Amy Sequenzia, a multiply disabled activist and writer, explains why Autism Speaks doesn't necessarily speaks for all autistics.

“Autism Speaks is a powerful organization, with support of many celebrities and easy media access. I believe most of the celebrities that help making Autism Speaks so recognizable don’t have an understanding of what autism is. They probably want to help and they buy into the picture of despair spread by Autism Speaks.

The same is true for the thousands of people going to “autism walks” and donating money to Autism Speaks. They don’t know, or refuse to acknowledge, that the message they are supporting is that society should fear and segregate their children; they don’t know, or refuse to acknowledge, that all the money raised will not be used to help their children with education, services or accommodations that can make navigate the world a little easier for their children; they don’t know, or refuse to acknowledge, that a lot of the money is used to advertise their children as burdens, as people society should shun, isolate and eventually eliminate.”

Xanoic Brotherhood Promotes Peace With Ribbon Event

By Risri Elthron

On Saturday evening Dreyfus Xano of the Xanoic Brotherhood and Mr. Smite’s Improv Show, hosted a cross-faction event to promote peace between the Horde and Alliance. With a color theme of Red, Blue, and Yellow, the event consisted of a costume contest, a ribbon event, and fireworks by the Gnomes of Gnomeregan Forever. 

“For too long the Alliance and Horde have fought.  Too many decent people have lost their lives due to a never ending war that could be solved fairly easily with words and not bloodshed.  I personally detest fighting unless I absolutely have to.  This is the reason I formed my show, Mr. Smite’s Improv.  I feel like my skills could be best used to make others laugh, no matter the race or walk of life they come from.” Mr. Xano started off the event with a quick thank you and the judging of outfits. Looking for the best use of the three colors in their ensemble.

1st Place:  Arienore

2nd Place: Figgle

3rd Place:  Niugu

Those in attendance then gathered together to form a gigantic ribbon in the snow. Lying end to end the group worked together to form the shape with those in red forming the loop, and those in blue and yellow forming the tails of the ribbon.

“This ribbon event I host every year is an extension of my show.  While this may sound a little idealistic, I believe that if the Alliance and Horde worked together and not against each other, that would make them so much stronger.  As long as there are people coming to this show and my ribbon event, I feel like I am at least accomplishing a part of that goal.  It is my hope that I can continue to create more and more events to showcase what it is I am capable of in the future.” 

The finale was a spectacular fireworks presentation by Gnomeregan Forever.

(OOC Note: From Dreyfus Xano’s player: “I felt like I wanted to bring an iconic event to Wyrmrest, because I had run some events in my home realm of Durotan.  That was one reason I started my Mr. Smite’s Improv show.  I am a bit of a dreamer and idea thinker.  I have found that there are many people on the spectrum that do not get enough recognition or encouragement to fully express their ideas.  I enjoy having fun and creating fun ideas.  It is my hope that I can continue to create more and more events to showcase what it is I am capable of in the future.”

The Ribbon of blue red and yellow is a recognized symbol of the Autism Awareness movement. Autism Awareness Month strives to bring more awareness and acceptance to those who live with Autism. For more information go to http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/)

Autistic people are more likely to:

Be unique

Be honest

Be intelligent

Be a college student

Be a college professor

Be detail-oriented

Be aware of things others overlook

Be more in tune with their senses

Be artists

Be scientists

Be questioning

Be strong willed

Be an expert in their field

Be passionate

Be able to handle extreme pain

Be able to learn complex ideas

Be able to remember hundreds of facts

Be able to make connections others cannot make

Be consistent

Be hard-working

Be Intense

Be Leaders

Be sensitive

Be good with animals

Be good with computers

Be good with skilled work

Be good with using their imaginations

Be good at following instructions exactly

Belong in the workforce, your family,  as your specialist, as your significant other, as your partner, your teacher, and as your friend.

More than the average population.

Autism: a phrase that really irritates me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lHJH0BUHoQ

Please don’t say “You are not like my child!” to an autistic person that is trying to give you advice. It’s dismissive, invalidating and shows you don’t know how to listen to autistic people at all.

Unless you’re autistic yourself, you don’t understand what it’s like to BE autistic. A little five year old kid has only been driving their body for five years. I’ve been driving mine for 36 years(as of July 2016). A little five year old kid may be frightened by their sensory issues (I’m talking about “I’m going to die!” frightened)while I, an adult, now understand that something feels bad, but it’s not going to kill me. I still get that instinctive fear response, though I now understand why it happens and I’m only at risk of running off during a meltdown.

Experts guess, autistic people know. Experts can tell you what sensory issues are, but I can tell you what they feel like and suggest ways to alleviate the issue– especially if the stimulus is triggering meltdowns.

Now I’m not going to pretend I always have a solution for everything. All I can do is suggest. I’m not saying someone is a bad parent or that I know their child better than they do. The only thing about your child that I have a better sense of than you do is what it’s like to be autistic.

Sometimes the advice I’ve given to parents made a huge difference by changing one small thing. Often, that one small thing is something a neurotypical person wouldn’t think about.

I really am like your child– whether they’re verbal or nonverbal. The only difference is I have a bit more experience driving my body than they do, I understand why things hurt or feel really bad to me, and I can control some of my impulses a bit better than I could as a child.

Reading comments people left on an article about the lawsuit against Disney and the new disabilities pass and the ignorance of people is astounding.

“Oh your kid is having a melt down…? So does every other 5 year old..deal with it”

Let me tell you something about the difference between a tantrum an an autistic meltdown…

Let me set your body on fire. Stand there for 15 minutes or more without dropping to the ground.

DEAL WITH IT.

Sincerely,
A Mother of an Autistic Child

Famous Autistic Creators

Ever since autism has become a more or less well-known thing in the public mind, people have been talking about famous people who could have been autistic or are autistic. Quickly it became obvious that the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field is full of autistic people, which in combination with ideas and research of Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner lead to the stereotype that autistic talents only reside in the area of science.

It is not completely wrong since some autistic traits are indeed very useful for a scientist. However after several decades of autism awareness there seems to be an unequal shift towards praising autistics in STEM and ignoring the contribution of autistic people in other areas. I want to try and make the public image of autism more diverse. In particular I want to talk about creativity and autism: about writers, poets, artists, musicians, directors and other famous people who are or could have been on the spectrum. I think they too deserve to be recognized and talked about.

This post is separated into two sections: past and present. In the first section I will talk about people who lived before autism was described and who were diagnosed retrospectively by historians and biographers. The second section is devoted to people who have been diagnosed during their lifetimes or have self-diagnosed themselves after researching ASD (which is a valid option). I understand that an autism diagnosis is subjective and it’s impossible to know for sure if someone is autistic, so I’m giving you the reasons for including these people on the list. Whether you believe it or not you can decide for yourself.

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Do You Understand Autism?

Ok so I have more to say but I’m going to start here. I am sick and tired of people over dramatizing, misunderstanding, and abusing disorders, especially Autism. Autism seems to be this new trendy disorder (trust me on this it’s definitely being misdiagnosed (sorry early I said over diagnosed I was wrong)) that most people don’t understand, but when I tell them I have it they typically react/respond in one of four ways:

1. Pity (oh I’m so sorry that’s awful)

2. Disbelief (what no you don’t have that, but you seem so normal, you deal with it so well)

3. Recognition/Me Too (oh yes I’ve heard of that before online.) (Oh yeah I have that too it’s so hard right?)

4. What’s That (oh I’ve heard of that, but what is it? Oh what’s that?) [these are typically followed by one of the other three]

  • NEVER PITY ANYONE

  • NEVER BE CONDESCENDING WHEN THEY TELL YOU THEY HAVE A DISORDER

  • NEVER FUCKING REPLY WITH A FUCKING VIDEO YOU SAW ONLINE OR SAYING OH I HAVE AN AUTISTIC (input relation here) [seriously that’s like saying to a gay person or person of color , “Oh I have a (gay/poc) friend who lives where you live do you know them?”]

While the “Recognition/Me Too” people typically aren’t that bad, but some of them are worse than anyone else. This is because a lot of the time people who recognize it only see the people who are on the far end of the spectrum so they think we all need to be spoon fed and are ALL bullied everyday. Then SOME of the people who have it take advantage of the pity and ignorance of the people who either don’t know it or recognize it and they pretend to be worse than they really are which disgusts me. First of all Autism is a blanket term for them many different types of Autism which all have their own separate spectrum. There is Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, mild, high functioning, undistinguished, and so many more. This spectrum goes further than your sexuality grid so let me be really fucking clear about this,

DON’T FUCKING EVER COMPARE OR ASSUME THINGS ABOUT SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE SPECTRUM!!!

No two are the same, no two are in the same place, or have the same symptoms. They may have similar struggles, but vastly different ways of handling them. Some may need more help some may be high functioning and so they are more independent.

Personally my favorite people when it comes to talking about Autism are either psychologists (because they know what they’re talking about), or people who know nothing, because than I can inform them before the internet makes them believe that Autism is such a sad, scary thing, and we are all heroes for having it. Honestly I just want people who think like that to shut the fuck up. I have Asperger’s. Making friends, socializing, understanding cultural behavioral norms, is hard for me but so what. It’s not some miracle that I can go live a normal life and have friends, so stop treating me like it is. Stop sending me every link you find related to a “heart warming Autistic kid.” We are not the same. We are not being courageous by waking up in the morning and doing shit, we are being functioning members of society. Quit pitting us, and dramatizing us, and being so fucking stupid.

Listen, I know the majority of you are just trying to help, but before you talk about a disorder, do more research than some video or post you see online. Seriously after this go look up some stuff about Autism and see how not all of us are nearly as severe as those pity porn videos you see online. Many a time I am sorry to say, but those are just made by people trying to get likes and views. Now I am not trying to say that Autism doesn’t need more recognition, in fact I am saying just the opposite. I am saying that we need to widen our views and correct our responses. I am pretty sure that some people who see this (if any do) will get mad, but you probably don’t have Autism and you probably don’t understand how upsetting it is to have to explain yourself all the time when it comes up and these are the reactions you get. Anyways take this as you will. I’ll get off my soap box now.

i really hate doing this but...

so today is autism awareness day, and though i think social awareness is always a positive thing, today really bugs me.  people think that they “support"  the cause and that they will donate and do great things for people with autism. but they are the same people i see making fun of kids that are different or even have autism. maybe i’m just over sensitive, because my brother has aspurgers, and i have seen the shit he has to go through every day, and do you know what is sucks. it’s not fair that my brother who is 23 gets dirty looks in public and that children and adults stare at him like he is some kind of freak. i however think if the average person got to know my brother they would love him, because he is a great guy. so maybe today should be less about the vastness of the autism spectrum and more about loving the people who will struggle with this for the rest of there lives. and it shouldn’t be something that just happens one day of the year, each human being should be more considerate and caring to everyone every single day of our lives.

this is an autism awareness butterfly :) aspergers is as so: 

“is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests” quote from wikipedia 

i am autistic and i am proud to be so because it makes me who i am the cute, shy, frightened individual who has to live with being so the rest of my life 

i have supportive friends and family who love me for who i am despite my difficulties and their own i know they will always be there for me

re blog if you know someone with autism, have autism yourself or just simply support the cause 

How good is your autism vocabulary?

autistic people=puzzle people

other names are :

plural= look at all of the aspies, autis

singular= an aspie, an auti

names for autistic girls:

aspergirls

autigirls

Normal is just a setting on your dryer:

Allistic=someone who is not autistic

N.T.=Neurotypical, has no mental disorders/conditions

N.N.T.=Not Neurotypical, has a mental disorder/conditions

Autistic=someone who is autistic

Autistic phrases/slang

coming out of the puzzle box=coming out as autistic

Still in the puzzle box=Has not told anyone, or certain people that they are autistic

stimming=self-stimulating such as rocking back and forth, spinning, flapping, chewing, squeezing ect.

Info dumping= Going on and on and on about your “special interest”

special interest= Thing that an autistic person obsesses over with unusual memory for facts involving the special interest, and enjoying tasks involving the special interest greatly.

thing=“their thing” another name for an autistic person’s special interest.

Passer=someone who can “pass as Allistic”  is able to “hide” their autism well.

viz auti=“visibly autistic” Someone who you can tell is autistic immediately. Someone who can not pass as Allistic

Autism acceptance=seeing autism as a gift not an illness

Team red=Autism acceptance

light it up red=Autism acceptance

(The autism society and others are for autism acceptance http://autismacceptance.org/ )

Autism awareness=seeing autism as an illness and curse

Team Blue=autism awareness

light it up blue=autism awareness

(Autism speaks is an evil organization that wants all autistic people to be wiped off the face of the planet)

Happy Autism Awarness month

Just a reminder to everyone
Never tell someone with autism, Tourette’s, Anxiety disorder, or any other such disorder is a burden or just making it up. Autism is just as much a part of who someone is as their sense or humor or their kindness. Telling someone that the only way to make it in the world is to destroy a part of them is cruel and horrible. Taking medication for your issues (such as to reduce panic attacks) is one thing, completely changing who you are is another. Having autism has just as much pros and cons as being “neurotypical”. So stop acting like we are less then human and start accepting people for who they are.

Public Display Of Autism ♥

If he falls to the floor, kicking and screaming, because there’s no chicken nuggets, it’s just his way of coping. Be patient, you’ll get your turn to order.

If she bumps her head and starts to hit herself in the face, don’t stare, it’s her frustration. Mom will handle it, she see’s it everyday.

If dad is cutting his child’s food, he’s not treating him like baby. He just doesn’t want his son to choke.

If she ignores your child on the playground, she’s not a brat. She’s just not good at social interaction. She would love to play with your child, she just doesn’t know how.

He may be to big to sit in the shopping cart, no, he’s not lazy. He wants to run around, but his mom needs to shop. She’s not up for chasing him today.

If she has to be carried out screaming, it’s probably because of a meltdown. Be helpful, open the door. Don’t just stare or whisper. No, it’s not because she didn’t get the toy she wanted. If it were only that simple.

Don’t talk to her like a child, unless she is one. Don’t yell, she’s not deaf. She may not talk, but she can understand.

No, it’s not bad parenting. Discipline won’t help.

This is autism, it’s his life. Don’t judge him, he’s not judging you.

~ By Tina Moreland