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Things Autistic People Need:

  • Accessibility
  • Fidget tools (cubes, spinners, tangles, chewelry, etc.) allowed in the work place
  • Designated quiet areas at events
  • Affordable diagnoses esp. for adults
  • Better diagnoses for adults, trans and non-binary persons, female persons, and persons of color
  • Living wage/affordable housing (since a good portion of us aren’t able to work 40hrs+/wk and government assistance isn’t always reliable)
  • Affordable, good-textured clothing
  • Alternate means of communication (ex: basics of sign language) widely taught
  • End of functioning labels and “mental age”
  • Therapy that is helpful and healthy and that isn’t legally considered torture

Things Autistic People Don’t Need

  • A cure - from what we know, it’s most likely genetic
  • Awareness - pretty much everybody knows autism exists

Fellow auties, feel free to add your own. Allistics (non-autistic persons) can reblog but please don’t add.

With a lot of major holidays coming up and most of y'all either going out to different parties and dinners to celebrate those holidays or doing something on your own at home, here are some things to keep in mind:

💙 Your body needs food in order to work. Eating is not something you should feel guilty for any time of the year.

💜 But also there’s especially no shame in indulging yourself during the holidays, because that’s what holidays are for. Your worth as a human being is not determined by how many slices of pie you have or by how much gravy you pour on your turkey.

💛 If you’re financially struggling right now and you can’t have the celebration you want to have, that sucks but it doesn’t make you a bad person and you shouldn’t feel guilty for it.

💚 Similarly, if you’re financially struggling right now and you decide to spend some money to have a good celebration or on a present for yourself or someone else then that also doesn’t make you a bad person and you shouldn’t feel guilty for that either.

💖 Your family doesn’t have the right to treat you like shit just because they’re your family. You deserve to have a good holiday, they don’t get to ruin that.

💙 It’s okay to avoid talking about certain topics around your family during the holidays in order to minimize stress and avoid confrontations. It’s also okay to avoid ‘calling out’ your family for anything they might say during the holidays in order to minimize stress and avoid confrontations. This doesn’t make you a bad person.

💜 There’s nothing wrong with deciding not to be with your family during the holidays if you feel like you wouldn’t be happy if you were with them. Your happiness matters and you deserve to spend your holidays however makes you the most happy.

🌞🌟 Feel free to add to this if you think of any more! 🌟🌞