lifeofkj:

cloveglee:

girljanitor:



WHY ACCEPTANCE?
What is autism acceptance?
Autism acceptance means embracing and valuing autistic people as autistic people instead of being afraid of us, having low expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic.
Why should I accept autistic people?
The Americans With Disabilities Act of says “disability is a natural part of the human experience.” Autism is a natural part of the human experience, and autistic people are members of our community, citizens, friends, family members, and fellow humans. Accepting autistic people is about honoring human diversity and making sure that everyone and is included, valued, and contributing in our society.
Why should I care about autism acceptance?
1 in 88 people are autistic. You probably know an autistic person. Autism acceptance means you want us around. What does acceptance look like? Autism acceptance looks different to different people in different contexts. At its heart, autism acceptance is about accepting autistic people, instead of being afraid of us, having low expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic. That might look like
inclusive education helping your child or your friend learn to use their AAC device
fighting stigma and stereotypes about autism and autistic people
hiring an autistic person to work for you at the same wage as a comparable non-autistic person
snapping your fingers instead of clapping for applause so your autistic coworker isn’t hurt by the noise
or making sure autistic people are included and respected in your community and that your community is accessible to us.
 Acceptance is not passive tolerance. Acceptance is an action. ·
Doesn’t acceptance mean no therapies, no education, no intervention, just letting my kid stay where they are forever? Isn’t acceptance passive?
No! Acceptance is not passive. Acceptance is an action. Acceptance means doing everything you can so that your autistic child will grow up into the best autistic adult they can be, supporting your autistic friends in a world that is not designed for us, and working to make our world a better, more inclusive, safer place for autistic people of all ages and abilities.April is Autism Acceptance Month.
-ASAN press release



My son has Asperger’s Syndrome!

My brother is high-functioning autistic. So this is near to my heart, too.

lifeofkj:

cloveglee:

girljanitor:

WHY ACCEPTANCE?

What is autism acceptance?

Autism acceptance means embracing and valuing autistic people as autistic people instead of being afraid of us, having low expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic.

Why should I accept autistic people?

The Americans With Disabilities Act of says “disability is a natural part of the human experience.” Autism is a natural part of the human experience, and autistic people are members of our community, citizens, friends, family members, and fellow humans. Accepting autistic people is about honoring human diversity and making sure that everyone and is included, valued, and contributing in our society.

Why should I care about autism acceptance?

1 in 88 people are autistic. You probably know an autistic person. Autism acceptance means you want us around. What does acceptance look like? Autism acceptance looks different to different people in different contexts. At its heart, autism acceptance is about accepting autistic people, instead of being afraid of us, having low expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic. That might look like

  • inclusive education helping your child or your friend learn to use their AAC device
  • fighting stigma and stereotypes about autism and autistic people
  • hiring an autistic person to work for you at the same wage as a comparable non-autistic person
  • snapping your fingers instead of clapping for applause so your autistic coworker isn’t hurt by the noise
  • or making sure autistic people are included and respected in your community and that your community is accessible to us.

Acceptance is not passive tolerance. Acceptance is an action. ·

Doesn’t acceptance mean no therapies, no education, no intervention, just letting my kid stay where they are forever? Isn’t acceptance passive?

No! Acceptance is not passive. Acceptance is an action. Acceptance means doing everything you can so that your autistic child will grow up into the best autistic adult they can be, supporting your autistic friends in a world that is not designed for us, and working to make our world a better, more inclusive, safer place for autistic people of all ages and abilities.

April is Autism Acceptance Month.

-ASAN press release

My son has Asperger’s Syndrome!

My brother is high-functioning autistic. So this is near to my heart, too.

tagged → #autism #yo

crown-of-weeds:

Hey, so, if you follow me, I have three really simple rsiequests for you this month.

Please, please, please:

-DON’T “light it up blue”

-DON’T buy anything with a fucking puzzle piece on it

-DON’T donate to Autism Speaks.

April, as you might know, is Autism Awareness month. If you want to help, I’d urge you to follow Autism Acceptance Day, check out & donate to ASAN, and educate yourself on what the Autistic community is and looks like. Hint: we’re people, not puzzles.

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Social skills: noticing when repetition is communication

zombie-goats:

aslytherinsuperwholockian:

moose-feels:

darziel:

realsocialskills:

So there’s this dynamic:

Autistic person: The door is open!

Other person: I *know* that. It’s hot in here.

Autistic person: The door is open!

Other person: I already explained to you that it’s hot in here!

Autistic person: The door is open!

Other person: Why do you have to repeat things all the time?!

Often when this happens, what’s really going on is that the autistic person is trying to communicate something, and they’re not being understood. The other person things that they are understanding and responding, and that the autistic person is just repeating the same thing over and over either for no reason or because they are being stubborn and inflexible and obnoxious and pushy.

When what’s really happening is that the autistic person is not being understood, and they are communicating using the words they have. There’s a NT social expectation that if people aren’t being understood, they should change their words and explain things differently. Sometimes autistic people aren’t capable of doing this without help.

So, if this is happening, assume it’s communication and try to figure out what’s being communicated. If you’re the one with more words, and you want the communication to happen in words, then you have to provide words that make communication possible. For example:

Other person: Do you want the door to be closed, or are you saying something else?

Autistic person: Something else

Other person: Do you want to show me something outside, or something else?

Autistic person: Something else

Other person: Are you worried about something that might happen, or something else?

Autistic person: Worried

Other person: Are you worried that something will come in, or that something will go out?

Autistic person: Baby

Other person: She’s in her crib, and the baby gate is up. Is that ok, or is there still a problem?

Autistic person: ok

Holy fuck.

This changes everything.

This is why I love tumblr.

this is really helpful 

Wow. I am so impressed! I may need to use this.

tagged → #autism #yeeep

goldenheartedrose:

feministrocker:

Folks, a 23-year-old autistic man named Paul Corby is being denied a heart transplant - simply because he has autism. The doctor expressed more interest in the fact that he could not name all his medications (of which he takes 19), and the the fact that he carries a Princess Peach doll for comfort - than the fact that he has never smoked or drank alcohol. This is discrimination, pure and simple - and this cannot stand.

Please sign the petition, so that he can get the heart transplant that he needs. And please reblog - so that this can reach as many people as possible.

I’m going to reblog this every time it comes up on my dash.

a heart transplant has nothing to do with autism????

he wouldn’t even be conscious for it????????

so yeah his doctor is a fucking idiot (coming from someone else with autism, no less) and you should sign this

tagged → #autism

allisticntprivilege:

NT/allistic privilege is that using your body the way it comes naturally to you is not considered rebellious/revolutionary/something you need to make a conscious choice about where if you choose to do so you’ll get harassed about it.

(I’m looking at you, parents and educators who think that suppressing all stimming is a good idea.)

are you serious 

this blog actually exists oh my god

tagged → #autism
Helping Children With Autism Live Loud

tmkristen:

spastasmagoria:

tmkristen:

swingdancing:

svnly:

Helping children effected by autism never gets old. Join us here as we support these families alongside Autism Speaks by grabbing one of these fashionable tops! See more styles HERE

The shirts are cute, but Sevenly needs to find a better organization. :\ Also:

>effected

>Helping those with autism

>autism speaks

Autism Tag Drinking Game.

malraiplayswow:

1. ~*INSPIRING*~ story. 1 shot.

2. Blue shirt. 1 shot.

3. Puzzle Piece. 2 shots.

4. Autism Speaks. 3 shots.

5. Pictures of loving parent/sibling with Autistic kid. 1 shot.

6. Curebie. Drink until you pass out.

if anyone wants alcohol poisoning, here you go

tagged → #autism

okay why doesn’t this video have more views it’s amazing

seriously, this is probably the best video about ASD that I’ve seen.

safespacenetwork:

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? 1. Autism Speaks talks about us without us. Not a single Autistic person is on Autism Speaks’ Board of Directors or in their leadership. Autism Speaks is one of an increasingly few number of major disability advocacy organizations that refuse to include any individual with the disability they purport to serve on their board of directors or at any point in their leadership and decision-making processes. In large part due to Autism Speaks’ public relations strategy of presenting Autistic people as silent burdens on society rather than human beings with thoughts, feelings and opinions.2. They use fear and stigma to try and raise money off the backs of our people.Autism Speaks uses damaging and offensive fundraising tactics which rely on fear, stereotypes and devaluing the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks’ advertising claims that Autistic people are stolen from our own bodies. Its television Public Service Announcements compare having a child on the autism spectrum to having a child caught in a fatal car accident or struck by lightning. In fact, the idea of autism as a fate worse than death is a frequent theme in their fundraising and awareness efforts, going back to their “Autism Every Day” film in 2005. Indeed, throughout Autism Speaks’ fundraising is a consistent and unfortunate theme of fear, pity and prejudice, presenting Autistic adults and children not as full human beings but as burdens on society that must be eliminated as soon as possible.3. Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping Autistic people and families: According to their 2008 annual report, only 4% of Autism Speaks’ budget goes towards the “Family Service” grants that are the organization’s means of funding services. Given the huge sums of money Autism Speaks raises from local communities as compared to the miniscule sums it gives back, it is not an exaggeration to say that Autism Speaks is a tremendous drain on the ability of communities to fund autism service-provision and education initiatives Furthermore, while the bulk of Autism Speaks’ budget (65%) goes toward genetic and biomedical research, only a small minority of Autism Speaks’ research budget goes towards research oriented around improving services, supports, treatments and educational methodologies, with most funding going towards basic research oriented around causation and genetic research, including the prospect of prenatal testing. Although Autism Speaks has not prioritized services with a practical impact for families and individuals in its budget, its rates of executive pay are the highest in the autism world, with annual salaries as high as $600,000 a year.

safespacenetwork:

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? 

1. Autism Speaks talks about us without us. Not a single Autistic person is on Autism Speaks’ Board of Directors or in their leadership. Autism Speaks is one of an increasingly few number of major disability advocacy organizations that refuse to include any individual with the disability they purport to serve on their board of directors or at any point in their leadership and decision-making processes. In large part due to Autism Speaks’ public relations strategy of presenting Autistic people as silent burdens on society rather than human beings with thoughts, feelings and opinions.

2. They use fear and stigma to try and raise money off the backs of our people.Autism Speaks uses damaging and offensive fundraising tactics which rely on fear, stereotypes and devaluing the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks’ advertising claims that Autistic people are stolen from our own bodies. Its television Public Service Announcements compare having a child on the autism spectrum to having a child caught in a fatal car accident or struck by lightning. In fact, the idea of autism as a fate worse than death is a frequent theme in their fundraising and awareness efforts, going back to their “Autism Every Day” film in 2005. Indeed, throughout Autism Speaks’ fundraising is a consistent and unfortunate theme of fear, pity and prejudice, presenting Autistic adults and children not as full human beings but as burdens on society that must be eliminated as soon as possible.

3. Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping Autistic people and families: According to their 2008 annual report, only 4% of Autism Speaks’ budget goes towards the “Family Service” grants that are the organization’s means of funding services. Given the huge sums of money Autism Speaks raises from local communities as compared to the miniscule sums it gives back, it is not an exaggeration to say that Autism Speaks is a tremendous drain on the ability of communities to fund autism service-provision and education initiatives Furthermore, while the bulk of Autism Speaks’ budget (65%) goes toward genetic and biomedical research, only a small minority of Autism Speaks’ research budget goes towards research oriented around improving services, supports, treatments and educational methodologies, with most funding going towards basic research oriented around causation and genetic research, including the prospect of prenatal testing. Although Autism Speaks has not prioritized services with a practical impact for families and individuals in its budget, its rates of executive pay are the highest in the autism world, with annual salaries as high as $600,000 a year.

tagged → #autism

pancakesailship:

greencarnations:

I would like to be able to go outside without having to mentally and emotionally brace myself for being around people. I would like to know for sure that at no point will I become so overwhelmed by having to socialize with other human beings that I have to hide somewhere to quietly stim until I can deal with them again. Oh, and while I’m on stimming: I would like to be able to not worry about whether the people around me are noticing the little thing I do with my foot (because I already got the rocking worked down to nothing more than a quiet foot twitch) and thinking it’s weird.

I would like for the following to stop bothering me to the point of utter distraction and an inability to focus on anything at all:

  • Low bass frequencies
  • Human contact
  • Lack of human contact
  • Wool on bare skin
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Human voices as heard through walls
  • High temperatures
  • My own hair touching me

I would like to be able to see something soft without being absolutely compelled to touch it. I would like to be able to sleep without a comforter on; it’s 90 goddamn degrees outside. I would like to be able to say a sentence without having to lie awake at night analyzing how I could have phrased things so as to better communicate my intended meaning, or whether or not it was a socially acceptable thing to say, or what their reaction could have meant.

Fuck it all. Give me the fucking cure; I’m sick of this shit.

Agreed completely. Agreed in that I would like the problematic side of it to be gone. I would very much like my stimming problem to not be a problem at all. I would very much like to go to concerts and parties and not worry about the loud sounds and screaming and people everywhere. I would very much like to understand neurotypicals, or anyone for that matter, on the spot, rather than in retrospect and contemplation. I agree completely that it would be so much better without all the problems. Unfortunately, there is a downside to everything it seems.

tagged → #autism

thedailywhat:

Kickass Dad of the Day: When Stuart Chaifetz learned that his 10-year-old son, Akian, was being violent and disruptive in class, he was puzzled. He knew Akian, who has autism, to be mild-mannered and sensitive, and had a hunch that something more was going on. But after several meetings with a team of school officials created to help special-needs students, nothing changed. So Chaifetz did what any concerned parent would do.

On the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012, I wired my son and sent him to school. That night, when I listened to the audio my life changed forever. I heard my son being bullied by his teacher and aide. The six and a half hours of audio I had proved that my son wasn’t hitting the teacher because there was something wrong with him — he was lashing out because he was being mocked, mistreated and humiliated. His outbursts were his way of expressing that he was being emotionally hurt at school.

The New Jersey father has since launched a website full of damning evidence and aFacebook page, and he is petitioning the state to change legislation so that teachers who bully children are immediately fired. The aide has been fired, but the rest of the staff have merely been relocated.

“I seek a full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son’s class for what they did to him,” Chaifetz says. “It is also far past time that these issues are allowed to be hidden from public view.”

[vvv]

tagged → #BEST DAD AWARD #autism #AS

Also my mom woke me up this morning with a call reminding me it was Autism Awareness Day.

I thought I was pretty damn aware but okay mom 

And then she proceeded to inform me that Autism is an epidemic that costs the US billions of dollars a year and that I should take a look at the Autism Speaks website to learn more.

AS IF WE NEEDED MORE REASON TO HATE THIS GROUP.
I swear every time someone in this organization says “OH WE’RE HERE TO HELP THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM” and then treat us like cattle to be herded while taking tons of money from donations for their own personal gain I just WANT TO STRANGLE THEM.

AS IF WE NEEDED MORE REASON TO HATE THIS GROUP.

I swear every time someone in this organization says “OH WE’RE HERE TO HELP THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM” and then treat us like cattle to be herded while taking tons of money from donations for their own personal gain I just WANT TO STRANGLE THEM.

And then I realized through RPing and research that Ardat-Yakshi’s are basically the Asari form of Asperger’s/being on the Autism Spectrum

SERIOUSLY.

Asari psychologists regard this incapacity for mental fusion as preventing the development of empathy, leading to psychopathy. There is no known cure.

Contrary to popular belief, Ardat-Yakshi are neither extremely rare (around one per cent of asari dwell on the AY spectrum), nor are they all murderers.

aspiealligator:

autisticproblems:

Autistic Problem Number 52: When people say the problems you get because of your autism don’t count as legitimate problem problems because they aren’t exclusive to autistic people.
…this seems to be an exceedingly popular trend in reblogs of our posts.  Which, we’ve never said they are.

Dear people who like to reblog me…..

aspiealligator:

autisticproblems:

Autistic Problem Number 52: When people say the problems you get because of your autism don’t count as legitimate problem problems because they aren’t exclusive to autistic people.

…this seems to be an exceedingly popular trend in reblogs of our posts.  Which, we’ve never said they are.

Dear people who like to reblog me…..

tagged → #autism #autistic