Reclaim the Autism Tag
So I guess my first post should just be..

artandotherhippienonsense:

For some reason my read more’s aren’t working so lets see if this works… 

Well, first off, hello! I’m Krysta. I don’t mind being critiqued so go ahead. I support lots of things which you will read about in my posts. Some might be just about my day, others about some shit thats about to go down. Welp what should I start with today?

Well I am a part of The Beatles fandom on tumblr and there is this well known person who made a slur about slow children calling them retards, and thats a problem with me, I have met a lot of nice people who had mental disabilities, my mom works with an autistic boy who is smarter in math then I am, I watched a 60 minutes on it and it touched my heart, these children are so smart! They just can’t express it. If I EVER see ANYONE making fun of a slow child I will beat the sucker up, everyone is equal. 

Hi there Krysta. Since you welcome critiques I’m gonna oblige you here.

I hope you’re aware that watching a 60 Minutes on something doesn’t actually tell you much of anything about the subject.

The particular boy your mum works with may be smarter at maths than you are - I’ll take your word for it - but do not assume that all autistic people are like this. We’re not.

The media - and especially pop-documentaries - tend to sensationalise autistic savants; that tiny minority of autistic people who have an immense special talent in one area. Think Stephen Wiltshire for instance. The rest of us? Yeah, we’re not quite that news-worthy.

Additionally: lease don’t think that autistic children cant express themselves. That is a common myth perpetuated by people who aren’t actually interested in listening to autistic people(children and adults both). Every living person has a form of self expression, it’s just that autistic people often express themselves in ways that are so different from the allistic norm, that allistic people don’t understand them. It is this lack of understanding that has been turn into the idea that we can’t express ourselves. It is wrong, and it is harmful, and I hope you’ll take it to heart and remember this.

You clearly have good intentions. Now I just hope you will continue educating yourself on the matter rather than just leaving it at the sensationalised and sorely lacking tv-representations you can find.

~Jem

eateroftrees:

sofriel:

fuckyeahtattoos:

This is my first tattoo and it means the world to me. My baby sister is autistic and is without a doubt my biggest inspiration in life. This is in her own handwriting. She always writes her name so largely that she can’t fit it all horizontally on paper, so she has to finish it vertically. My tattoo is a small token of my admiration and love for my sister. I mean, she goes through so much pain on a daily basis by not being able to successfully verbally communicate her thoughts, feelings, needs, wishes, fears, etc. I could never imagine having to live a life trapped in my own head with no release. The pain I felt during this tattoo could never measure up to what she feels constantly, and it is the least I could do.

Okay, I really hate to be all :/ in people’s business tonight, but I have to say that this makes me really uncomfortable as an autistic person. Particularly the comment “I could never imagine having to live a life trapped in my own head with no release.” We are not trapped in our own heads by autism. We are just as free as non-autistic people, it’s just that our heads work differently.
Although I do not know this person’s whole situation, it seems as though they are assuming what their sister’s pain is. For most autistic people, that pain is not because we are trapped but because we are crying out and no one seems to understand us. We are communicating, in our way, it’s just that everyone else doesn’t seem to understand.

That and most of the pain I’ve gone through has been because allistic people won’t stop hurting me. Like they assume just because something doesn’t hurt them that it’s entirely okay to force me to endure it.
Like when I’m on my own or around friends who aren’t douchebags I’m perfectly happy.  I’m only miserable when allistic people decide that they need to be abusive douchebags and force me into situations that are painful, or do things like decide air fresheners are a PERFECTLY OKAY and NOT REMOTELY TOXIC thing to stick in the air.
Anyway, I’m perfectly happy to nonverbally communicate my… all that stuff you listed.  The issue is, people don’t bother putting much effort into understanding you if you don’t, and so generally ignore your desires and treat you like, I don’t know, some kind of art piece to INSPIRE them.

Well this wasn’t from the autism tag but it’s the same sort of sentiment this blog is here to combat.

eateroftrees:

sofriel:

fuckyeahtattoos:

This is my first tattoo and it means the world to me. My baby sister is autistic and is without a doubt my biggest inspiration in life. This is in her own handwriting. She always writes her name so largely that she can’t fit it all horizontally on paper, so she has to finish it vertically. My tattoo is a small token of my admiration and love for my sister. I mean, she goes through so much pain on a daily basis by not being able to successfully verbally communicate her thoughts, feelings, needs, wishes, fears, etc. I could never imagine having to live a life trapped in my own head with no release. The pain I felt during this tattoo could never measure up to what she feels constantly, and it is the least I could do.

Okay, I really hate to be all :/ in people’s business tonight, but I have to say that this makes me really uncomfortable as an autistic person. Particularly the comment “I could never imagine having to live a life trapped in my own head with no release.” We are not trapped in our own heads by autism. We are just as free as non-autistic people, it’s just that our heads work differently.

Although I do not know this person’s whole situation, it seems as though they are assuming what their sister’s pain is. For most autistic people, that pain is not because we are trapped but because we are crying out and no one seems to understand us. We are communicating, in our way, it’s just that everyone else doesn’t seem to understand.

That and most of the pain I’ve gone through has been because allistic people won’t stop hurting me. Like they assume just because something doesn’t hurt them that it’s entirely okay to force me to endure it.

Like when I’m on my own or around friends who aren’t douchebags I’m perfectly happy.  I’m only miserable when allistic people decide that they need to be abusive douchebags and force me into situations that are painful, or do things like decide air fresheners are a PERFECTLY OKAY and NOT REMOTELY TOXIC thing to stick in the air.

Anyway, I’m perfectly happy to nonverbally communicate my… all that stuff you listed.  The issue is, people don’t bother putting much effort into understanding you if you don’t, and so generally ignore your desires and treat you like, I don’t know, some kind of art piece to INSPIRE them.

Well this wasn’t from the autism tag but it’s the same sort of sentiment this blog is here to combat.

I think people with autism have insanely beautiful minds.

bones-are-a-must:

I don’t know what is going on with me & disorders today ( actually it’s about 5:20 am here ), but ( besides the tons of internet test I did today ) i watched a few documentaries on autism and I just find myself kind of admiring those people. They are different, but in such a beautiful way <3

LOOK PEOPLE!

We exist to have “beautiful minds!”

Nevermind that those minds are people.

(and using “insanely” as an intensifier here just adds to the creepy; eugh.)

Seriously, someone needs to come up with that “autism” tag bingo card ASAP.

codeman38:

If y’all have any ideas beyond what allies-person wrote, I’m totally up for doing design-type stuff.

Because some days, I swear I could get bingo from just the first page of posts.

itspictureimperfect:

upsetting story of my life…

<3 teddy.

Great this video is like everything I hate about ‘autistic parents’ and the ‘fix autism mentality’. Here is a few things things I’d like to say to both these groups:

[TW: ableism, anti-autistic crimes and sentiments]

1. First of all…STOP COMPARING AUTISM TO CANCER AND FATAL ILLNESSES! AUTISM  DOES NOT KILL ANYONE! SO STOP IT! As someone who has witnessed what cancer does multiple different times in my life, this sentiment pisses me off to no end. Autism is nothing like cancer, and anyone who even thinks that autism anything close to the horror cancer causes needs to shut the hell up. In fact its probably a good idea to never to contact any autistics or people who have been affected by cancer, ‘cause I guarantee they will not take kindly to you. Or better yet don’t leave your house or contact anyone, because the world doesn’t need anymore people spewing things like this.

2. Autistic people do not need “fixing”, we are not “broken”. Just because they way we perceive and interact with the world around us is different than you, does not mean we are “broken” and in need of “fixing”. We are not toys for you to tinker with until you get the result you want, we are living breathing beings with our own thoughts, ideas, and personalities.

3. There is no “war” that you are in danger of losing as an allistic person. But there are dangers that you are perpetuating. By comparing autism to deadly illnesses and saying that we all need a cure you are adding to and environment where we as autistic are forced into ‘treatments’ we don’t want; abused; made to do things that we find painful, in order to fit allistic ideals; in some cases even killed because people believe that we are better off dead; and when we talk about this we are ignored and brushed off because in your minds we are autistic and therefore we know nothing.

So with that in mind, would you and people who have the same beliefs as you stay the hell off the #autism tag.

-Haven

Do Vaccines Increase the Chance for Autism?

hippie-momma:

Maybe:

http://blog.mlive.com/neurotic_mom/2007/06/autism_and_the_unvaccinated.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500803_162-4090144-500803.html

http://educate-yourself.org/vcd/califoregonunvaccinatedchildrensurvey03nov07.shtml

I think I’m going to do a whole post on vaccines on my blog soon. Watch for it! :)

[TW: Talk of Anti-autistic sentiments]
Ohh boy this stuff again.

First of all there is no proven link between autism and vaccines! Okay?, and here’s why. The study that first made the supposed “link” was later admitted to be completely false, by the doctor who conducted it, and even before that is was debunked many times by various scientists. Also all these studies have serious problems, with controlling for outside factors. Health-care such as vaccines and an autism diagnosis cost money. It is more likely that a child of a parent who can afford to get all the vaccines, will also be able to have the parent afford the often costly diagnosis. This leads to a correlation between the two. And as many scientists will tell you, Correlation does not equal causation!

Now that the sciences stuff has been covered lets move on to something else, namely why is it that people seem to feel that risking their children’s lives by not getting them vaccinated is a better option than the possibility of autism. You are basically saying that you would rather have a dead child than an autistic child. Why? Just because I am autistic doesn’t mean I’m not human, why is it that all you ant-vaccine parent seem to feel that I would be better off dead than here and autistic? I am not “incomplete” or “broken”, I have feelings and empathy and frankly when I’m trying to connect with other people on tumblr I would rather not have to be reminded about how people are better off with their kids possibly getting a fatal disease than being an autistic person like me, so please if you must spew the anti-vaccine, anti-autistic garbage, keep the hell off of the #autsim tag when you do so

-Haven

autisticproblems:

Autistic Problem 55: Allistics dominating the #autism tumblr tag

autisticproblems:

Autistic Problem 55: Allistics dominating the #autism tumblr tag

Oh and I need some possible volunteers to help with this blog

Because, yeah.

I’m not going to be able to do everything on my own. >.<

Please send me asks or replies if you’re interested (speaking of replies, I’ll go enable them :P)

aspergers4life:

I’m fairly certain that this is wrong, but the outcome is less whether one cares if he or she is like and more how does that caring manifest itself. For many, you’re right, I don’t care. I don’t walk around outside wondering what people think or how they thing or whether or not they should consider me.

Yeah the conclusion they are making is exceedingly tenuous.  If I were in that situation I’d most definitely register what the person thinks about me.  And then probably not give a fuck.

Not to mention the whole “theory of mind” thing that the study is based on is bullshit, so.

whatfreshhellisthis:

 

eateroftrees:

RECLAIM THE AUTISM TAG

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