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otipemisiwak:

Also since I’m Indigenous it’s important that there be visible disabled Indigenous people since the majority of things that discussing disability are white-centered. The whole issue of how autism is encountered from an Indigenous perspective is something that I want to know more about and how it’s viewed. Maybe I’m not seen as defective like I am in the western, medical model?

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allismyells:

shout out to all the:

  • physically disabled and chronically ill autistics
  • mentally ill autistics
  • autistic people of colour
  • trans and nonbinary autistics
  • queer autistics

(✿◠‿◠) ♥ you are important and beautiful and so very loved. 

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silversarcasm:

prioritise disabled children at all costs

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autisticfandomthings:

Seeing as there’s been shit going around recently about self-diagnosis (yet again) and most of it is from a pretty US centered view (not that there’s anything wrong with that, the majority of the English speaking community on tumblr is american), I just think a few points need to be made.

The US healthcare system is fucked, and that puts additional barriers into place for self-diagnosed people wishing to get an official diagnosis. But there are serious barriers in other places too. Having a decent healthcare system doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s easy to get a diagnosis. (all of these also apply in america too, I think)

This is of course, going to be rather UK centric, I am aware that the situation in places like france is significantly worse (look up “le packing” tw: abuse)

Barrier 1:

Ignorant GPs/family doctors. GPs in the UK (and I believe the UK has some of the most highly trained doctors in the world) will have had at most, a 1-2 hour lecture on autism, which may have been full of misinformation and stereotypes (see, my uni level psychology course showing a video of rain man as an example of autism), up to 10-20 years ago. Their awareness of autism will likely be restricted, to stereotypes and a collection of wrong ideas. You might be luck and get someone with some general psychological knowledge or training, but chances are their response will be to pull up a list of symptoms on their computer. The NAS site even talks about “presenting your case”, which isn’t really a great thing to have to do.

To give an example of this my boyfriend (who is clearly autistic, this was agreed upon by the guys who diagnosed me based on what I told them about him) doesn’t have a diagnosis yet because of the ignorance of his GP. We said we thought he was autistic,  she brought up a list of autistic symptoms in children aged 2-5 (my boyfriend was 24 at the time) and stated that she didn’t think he was autistic because “you seem to have normal intelligence” and “these things are always picked up in childhood anyway”. She then went on to be viciously nasty when he got upset trying to explain.

There are even more problems if you are female, black, or trans (especially trans women, the male brain theory of autism is so, so damaging). Doctors think people in these groups can’t possibly be autistic, despite that fact that a really high proportion of trans people are autistic. And black people are as likely to be autistic as white people, and women are just under diagnosed.

Barrier 2:

Not all diagnosis will be accepted. If you don’t manage to get past the GP, you could opt for a private diagnosis, which will be about £3000. Which is a lot of money. Basically no one has private insurance here because the NHS is usually so good. And even if you get a private diagnosis there are lots of places that will only accept an NHS diagnosis.

Barrier 3:

Negative impacts of a diagnosis. If you have a paper diagnosis it should not be held against you, legally. But realistically, if you end up in something like a custody battle, it will be. Without a doubt. If doctors have so little training in autism, judges are even more likely to believe lies like “autistic people don’t have empathy”. This will affect their judgement.

Barrier 4:

Wait times and lack of services. If you do get a referral, it could be months and months before you actually get to see a qualified specialist. My boyfriend has at this point been waiting nearly a year from the time he managed to get a referral. I was lucky and only had to wait two months. Even if you get a referral the specialist centre may not be in a place you can easily get to.

So, this means that even if you live in somewhere with a decent health care service, it can still be really hard to get a diagnosis. And frankly most people who self-diagnose are right. And guess what? The NHS supports self-diagnosis. “Getting a diagnosis of autism in adulthood can be a mixed blessing and some people decide that they are happy with self-diagnosis.”

(via autisticadvocacy)

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autisticadvocacy:

Image is the rainbow heptagon used in the ASAN logo, with a rainbow silhouette of six people together near the center and overlapping with the logo. The text reads “Inclusion is for everyone,” with everyone larger than the other words.

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  • Question: Do you think it is offensive for an allistic person to write autistic characters? After of course informing themselves and listening to actually autistic people? Because I would like to write autistic characters but I fear it coming insensitive and harmful - Anonymous
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    lipstick-autistic:

    I always feel kind of awkward on this point, because as a writer myself, I don’t really like to dictate how other artists should make their work. 

    That being said, I do get frustrated with the fact that allistic writers so often co-opt our voices for the narrators of their work, and are often praised for it, when actual autistic people and autistic writers struggle to get our voices heard at all.

    I think allistic people writing autistic characters can be done, but it takes a lot of work to do it properly. If you consult with actual autistic individuals and don’t resort to tropes; if you write autistic characters as people rather than just anthropomorphized versions of autism diagnoses, if you portray them as human beings with real virtues and flaws and lives outside of being FBI geniuses or four-year-old boys who wreck marriages…I think it’s possible, but that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with it. Sadly, as an autistic person, my opinion is always going to be dismissed by allistics, even in relation to my own condition.

    But I don’t necessarily know if I’d encourage it, if only because I just want to see more autistic people writing autistic characters and getting the praise they deserve for it. 

    I’ll never tell an allistic person they shouldn’t write autistic characters, but I will champion an autistic person writing autistic characters, hands-down, over an allistic writer any day.

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autisticadvocacy:

neurowonderful:

Just a little thing that I made, because neuroatypical brains are beautiful and great, and neurodiversity is awesome!

Description: against a blue grey background, in a spectrum of color blending from red all the way through to indigo is the word “neurodiversity” surrounded by tear drop like shapes that radiate out from it. 

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boycottautismspeaks:

Sign the petition HERE if you agree with Pumpkin

Pumpkin the cat wishes Sesame Street would make ‪#‎posAutive‬ choices.

Image Description: Picture of an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin with a disappointed look on his face and one ear is cocked back. Behind pumpkin and to the right of the picture is Elmo laying on his side. Text reads: Pumpkin is feeling hurt by his friends at Seasame Street. He asks Seasame Street to please COOPERATE and SHARE the perspective of Autistic people. Reconsider partnering with Autism Speaks

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loveacceptautistics:

Image description: a grey background. a faded word “BUT” in the background with a slash through it.
Text overlayed reads: 
"I love my Autistic child but…"
No “buts”.
A “but” negates what came before it.
facebook.com/ParentingAutisticChildrenWithLoveAcceptance

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strawberryfemme:

Not all mobility disabled people use wheelchairs.

Not all mobility disabled people use wheelchairs.

Not all mobility disabled people use wheelchairs.

Basing the standard for accessibility on the assumption that all disabled people use wheelchairs and it’s totally fine for them to go far out of the way for a ramp is wrong.

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