Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thank blob April is almost over

Today is the last day of April. For family reasons, I wasn't online all that much in the last week and a half of the month (this was good and I should probably arrange to spend as much of April as possible too busy to be online in the future, except for the part where if I'm that busy I am also working towards a burnout and I need to fall the heck over now.)

Even so, autism nonsense and attention paid to it tended to be at a high. Sometimes this is useful. Like when one of our own needs a social media crisis thrown against a discrimination issue: Niko won a competition for a trip but doesn't get to go because of his disability.

Sometimes it's frustrating: do I really need to answer for the n+1st time that I am an autistic person, not a person with autism? There exists a cat named autism because autistic humor is a thing, but I do not live with this cat. Do I need to explain for the n+1st time that no, I don't think organization XYZ can be reformed in a way that would make it helpful for autistic people? (Organization XYZ is usually, but not always, Autism Speaks.)

Sometimes it's scary: I don't really need to be reminded just how far many parents are willing to go in order to "get their child back" from this scary autism thing, or what they do when nothing "works." I don't need all the reminders of why I'm scared for (not of, for,) autistic kids today. (A lot of other people do seem to need the reminder, but they don't seem to be the ones getting it, or understanding why this is scary.)

And it drops back to somewhat normal levels tomorrow.

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