I was diagnosed with autism for the first time when I was about 5 years old. After that, I was diagnosed again 2 times, by 2 different doctors.
To me, being autistic has always been something I love and am proud of. It has brought me a few problems during the course of my life, such as bullying, but those were other people’s fault and not mine, so I don’t dislike being autistic because of them.
My autism makes me see myself and others in a unique way and I like to think that every autistic person is different, which makes me even more unique.
One of the things I like the most about my autism is the excitement it gives me over the things I like. We call it having “special interests” because they really are so special to us, autistic people. I’m someone who has been dealing with severe depression (+ other things) since a very young age (4-years old), and one of the things that kept me on the road of recovery was having special interests. They give me joy like nothing else and I want to be alive to feel that joy.
Of course there are other things I could mention but right now I feel like those are more relevant.
as an autistic person i can understand why someone might not catch on immediately to this post since it wasn’t tagged #joke and personally i didn’t even notice the pepe in the background until it was pointed out because the colours are very jarring to the eye
but i think it’s a huge fcking reach to say anyone is mocking autistic people all that happened was it was pointed out why it was INTENDED to be taken as a joke
just because there was a disagreement in which an autistic person didn’t realize something was a joke doesn’t automatically make the other person ableist just for pointing out their mistake stop using autism to discredit people you don’t agree with it’s so insulting
The anti-SJW/Gamergate insult “Hugbox” is most likely derived from the name of an autistic coping device. Users of the term and apologists will insist it’s too obscure to be the source. It’s not. It’s the first four results on Google Image Search and the second result on Google. Plus, this is coming from a community that uses autism-related terms as insults like their hearts will suddenly stop beating if they stop. What’s the chance that this one time it’s an innocent misunderstanding?