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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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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm not usually mad at you, but I have every right to it when I am.

Seriously. I am usually quite happy to interact with allistics (means non-autistics, and it is NOT an insult. Just like neurotypical is not an insult.) At least, I usually am at times when I'm in shape to be interacting with anyone. I very rarely get angry with allistics as a group. Individual allistics do seem to be more likely to anger me than individual autistics, but I think that's more because communication between people with different neurologies and experiences gets hairy and we mutually misunderstand each other than anything else. The allistics I deal with regularly are decent people. If they weren't, I wouldn't deal with them regularly. As an adult, I do have that much control over my own life.
But sometimes? Sometimes, allistics as a group drive me nuts. Like when they talk about how vaccines cause autism, or when Autism Speaks reacts more strongly to the loss of frozen autistic brains than to the murders of autistic people, and practically everyone calling them out on this is autistic. Or when the jury found the couple who kept their autistic boys in a cage to be not guilty on all charges. When people try to silence autistic adults for disagreeing with them, ignoring the fact that the next generation will do the same to their kids. The list goes on. So, when I say that I am mad at allistics as a group right now, I have plenty of reason to be mad. Oppressed groups are allowed to be mad at their oppressors and all. Since I can pass for merely weird, usually, (well enough that I could run around a foreign country as a minor and not have people asking where my parents were, actually,) I have not personally faced all that much stupidity about being autistic. But I can still be mad at the people who do the oppressing. And sometimes, I am.


  1. Frozen BRAINS? What?

    1. Yup. There is a collection of autistic brains frozen for researchers who want to look at autistic brains.


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