I was talking to a girl who was cosplaying BBC Sherlock. I told her that I had started watching the show, but had turned it off because watching Sherlock interact with others reminded me so much of myself that it made me kind of uncomfortable. It turns out that she also has Asperger’s and likes it because he’s so relatable. I think I’m going to give it a second chance.
If you are considering using functioning arguments to silence autistic people, reread this until the urge passes.
Not zir parents. Not zir sibling.
An autistic person.
For some reason, relatives of autistic people disproportionately see themselves as knowing better what their relative needs and desires than ze does zirself.
And, hell, this happens other ways too. “I know an African American person, so I know better what African Americans need than they do themselves.”
Instead of trying to cure use you could try to oh, I don’t know make our lives actually better.
Try to make ignorant fucks stop believing that autism is a disease or any such nonsense.
Raise awareness that autism isn’t caused by vaccines.
Help prevent bullying that plagues us.
Try to do some good to lower the rate of suicide for autistics.
Or you could continue to be apart of that problem, whatever.
Lemme emphasize the suicide line. Bolding mine.
Get rid of the sentiment that stimming is bad.
End job discrimination against autistics.
Advocate for better accommodations in school and work (for all disabled people)
One more: Reform autism “treatments” to focus on managing actual problems in our lives.
Stop privileging the voices of parents over autistic people.
Ladyhawke - “Black White & Blue”
- For allistics to shut the fuck up and not try and speak for us.
- To keep your ableism out of our god damned tags.
- For our own voices to finally be heard instead of parents/cousins/sibling/friends.