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ultrafacts:

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ok this annoys the crap out of me, firstly the font in question costs a fortune, secondly no link to something that can change a persons life as it did mine, so here lemme fix both of those:

http://opendyslexic.org/

Open Source Dyslexia is a FREE font that is designed in a similar fashion as in weighting the letters, it is also being constantly updated, yer welcome

Hi for all of my disability friends, please bookmark opendyslexic this is a really great project! Tell your friends c:

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"While vaccine activists tend to dismiss the articulate neurodiversity people as “not really autistic,” merely “quirky” individuals hijacking the fates of those more seriously affected, they fight for research by pointing to swelling autism rates that include just such people."

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http://nymag.com/news/features/47225/index2.html (via crystalbethuniverse)

I have been telling people this for years:

You can’t use stuff like 1 in 166, or even higher numbers, without counting people who are ‘high functioning’ or ‘PDDNOS’ and ‘Asperger’ and etc.  So if you claim to use numbers like that in your fundraising, then you cannot claim that you’re not talking about (insert type of ‘high functioning’ person here).  Because without ‘high functioning’ autistic people, you would have much smaller numbers much less impressive ones.  So you basically use them for numbers, but then throw them away when they’re inconvenient to your cause.

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transyoite:

why “differently abled” is bullshit

  • differently abled: can do the thing, just in a different way
  • disabled: can’t do the thing, or doing the thing will lead to extreme pain, stress, etc.

"differently abled" ties into the belief that disabled people aren’t really disabled and that we’re just lazy shits.

c’mon. disabled is not a bad word.

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delicorne:

disabilityfest:
Barbara Gordon | paraplegic

delicorne:

disabilityfest:

Barbara Gordon | paraplegic

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Spelled with a "K": "So You Want To Work With Autistic Kids" Primer

jack-not-jacque:

Hi everyone, so I made a post a few days ago about putting together a list of links for my lab partner, who wants to work with autistic children. This is what I’ve come up with. Admittedly it’s more of an “introduction to neurodiversity advocacy” primer, but I think that should come with the job, really. If you’ve got any suggestions, do let me know!

(And sorry for the odd formatting- I can’t for the life of me figure out how to make nesting bullets, even when I enter the html)

TW: mentions (but no discussion in this post) of ableism, neglect, assault, murder, abuse, ABA. All links come with their own warnings unless otherwise noted. If you find one that doesn’t, or is broken, please tell me.

About Autism Speaks:

1. Rose’s master post

General Autism:

1. About autism
2. What it really means when someone says they’re autistic
3. Diagnostic criteria suggested by autistic people (more on what it’s like to be autistic)
4. Yes, That Too’s tips for parents
5. What I Wish I’d Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism
6. Tantrums vs meltdowns and shutdowns
7. Stimming
8. Not an epidemic
9. Empathy and the Empath Quotient Test
10. Functioning labels
11. Person-first language
12. Cures
13. Ableism

“Classics” and others widely circulated among autistic self-advocates:

1. The Obsessive Joy of Autism
2. Don’t Mourn For Us
3. Quiet Hands and Grabbers (TW: ableism, abuse, R-slur in Grabbers)
4. The Cost of Compliance is Unreasonable (TW for teachers forcing a child to do something they don’t want to do, huge TW for link within post)

  • Similar, but not so widely spread, is The Influence of Others, a parent’s reaction to “Grabbers” (TW: ableism, abuse)

Therapy:

1. An Analogy (TW: trying to force someone out of autistic behavior)
2. On forcing eye contact
3. Doing “Nothing”
4. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: my Assessment of Our Experience with ABA
5. More of Rose’s thoughts

  • The post linked in the above (she changed her blog title, so “caffeinatedaspie” URL links don’t work)

6. An Open Letter to Parents Considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Their Child With Autism (TW: detailed descriptions of ABA methods, child’s PTSD)

  • And Part Two (the link kind of gets lost at the bottom, so I put it here too)
  • As disgusting as it is, a lot of people dismiss autistic voices on the topic of harmful therapy in favor of parents’ and child development professionals’ voices. The writers of this are both, so it may be useful to convince people with that attitude

7. A list of posts by others (I haven’t read these)
8. And more

Ableism (important to understand the prejudice autistic people face): (TW for ableism, neglect, assault, murder on this entire section)

1. Murders by parents and caregivers
2. Commentary on other people’s dismissal of murders
3. Transplant discrimination
4. Medical discrimination
5. The Pillow Angel (not autism, cerebral palsy, but important to recognize what people will do out of “concern” to a non-speaking person)

Books:

1. Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking

2. And Straight On Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance
3. I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: a thAutoons Book
4. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
5. Yes, That Too’s book list

Films:

1. Wretches and Jabberers

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN):

1. ASAN website
2. Their “Autism Acceptance Month” PSA
3. One of their videos (and amazing commentary about nonverbal communication at the bottom)

Good Blogs:

1. The Caffeinated Autistic (also goldenheartedrose on tumblr)
2. Yes, That Too (also yesthattoo on tumblr)
3. Autistic Hoya
4. Just Stimming
5. Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
6. Tiny Grace Notes (AKA Ask an Autistic)
7. ThAutcast
8. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

Things recommended by people I follow (but that I haven’t really looked at personally):

1. Rose’s favorite blogs
2. Rose’s resource list
3. Yes, That Too’s list

Other resources:

1. The ‘askanautistic’ tag on tumblr- tag your post with this and autistic people who are willing to educate others will see your question

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casketscratcher:

So this is a general PSA to my followers and I realise that many of you will think I’m being overly PC or sensitive, but outside of the US, “spazz” is a horrifically ableist word (worse than “r*****”). It comes from the word “spastic” which refers to one of the symptoms of cerebal palsy. People with cerebal palsy were referred to as “spastics” and the word became a horrible slang way to compare a person’s movements or appearance with someone with cerebal palsy. It also became a catch-all for all disabled people, including those with learning disorders and mental illnesses.

It’s not cute and it’s not harmless.

So next time you’re clapping your hands and squawking about “like, omg, I’m such a spazz lolz!!!” maybe engage some grey matter and some empathy and, y’know, cut that shit out.

Also if you use it in Europe (particularly Scotland) you will have your arse handed to you for being a thoughtless dickface, just a heads-up.

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  • Question: i'm actually autistic and i was told we would be a good superhero team - autistictonystark
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    My friend, it would be my privilege and my honor to fight alongside you!

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metapianycist:

The special way that transness and autism* intersect is that you have people arguing to you that it’s not medically possible for you to have enough self-awareness or enough understanding of social behavior enough to know that you’re not the gender assigned at birth.

Even in cases where you have body dysphoria: *then* they shift the goalposts and say that you can’t possibly know yourself well enough to know that a medical intervention for your body dysphoria would make your dysphoria lessen.

The people who argue that ableist cissexist crap include people considered “autism experts” like Simon Baron-Cohen and Tony Attwood.

Trans autistic folks unite!

* this might apply to trans people with other disabilities, too, especially if they’re nonverbal

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upallnightogetloki:

comraderogers:

Avengers vine idea: to the tune of bohemian rhapsody, Natasha says ‘thunderbolts and lightening’, Clint says ‘very very frightening’, then the camera pans around to Thor out the window summoning lightening like ‘ME’

I NEED THIS!!

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  • Question: I know functioning labels are ableist, but I haven't been able to find anything on why that is and you seem to be really in the know. Could you give me some links or your opinion on the matter? That'd be awesome. - Anonymous
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    silversarcasm:

    Ok so functioning labels are this weird idea that the autism spectrum is a line in which some people are at one end and some are at the other.

    It’s assumed all those who are ‘high-functioning’ are verbal, good at communicating, not very sensitive, not too attached to routines, and can basically pass as allistic

    whilst it’s assumed that those deemed ‘low functioning’ are the opposite

    now in reality we are all a mix, for instance I’m mostly verbal but need to adhere to routines, I go into a monotone when tired and need fluffy animals to cope, I can sometims communicate effectively and sometiems make animal noises and flap

    the reality is as some others have said its more like a buffet of different traits where we all have a very different mix and those ‘functions’ or traits fluctuate throughout our lives or even our days

    and what functioning labels do to us varies on what you get labelled

    those labelled ‘high functioning’ will be denied resources and assumed to be independent, they will be punished and chastised for struggling with anything and may be told they’re faking for attention when stimming or such

    those labelled ‘low functioning’ are infantilised and assumed not too understand, they are given help even when it is refused and often are granted very little agency and bodily autonomy

    so yeah, that’s a basic run down of what they are and why they’re wrong hope it helped!

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