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Reminder to y’all,

April is autism awareness month. Couple of things:

1) do not support Autism Speaks. At all. They silence the voices of actual autistic people and seek a “cure” and compare us to cancer

2) stop and call out others reducing autism to a punchline and/or insult

@RussellTheFox

adding things here:

3) support the work of Autistic self-advocates, and groups such as ASAN and AWNBN

autisticadvocacy.org/?theme=ac

awnnetwork.org/

4) actively promote acceptance of autistic people in all walks of life, as opposed to "autism awareness" (which is Autism Speaks' standard catch phrase to cover up what they do).

@stackingstones I’m sharing these links over on my twitter post of this as it’s getting a lot of attention too. Thank you, friend. 💚

@stackingstones you’re welcome! If you know anybody that uses twitter or you use twitter yourself, here’s my tweet about this with the additional sources and notes you gave! 💚 again, thank you!!

twitter.com/russelltehfox/stat

@RussellTheFox i looked through the replies, and some of the other threads branching off from that -- you are kind and very patient, friend. <3 some of the trolls up in your mentions, wow. :/

i'm glad to see that people are getting directed to support and resources, though!

@RussellTheFox does replying to people (especially the autistic people who are struggling) with direct links help? given the climate on twitter, i'm not sure if that would give trolls more ammunition or not, but some of those arguments (like "why should we bother NTs instead of wanting a cure") can be debunked easily, if people want to take advantage of what's available.

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3) if someone says "ha ha are you autistic or something", the most devastating answer you can give them is a straightforward, completely factual "yes"

@ben from my own experience with that awful kind of humor, most do not care. They’ll double down. Even worse is others on the spectrum who have been desensitized by NTs to believe that dehumanizing themselves is not only “okay” but they’ll gaslight you and tell you you’re overreacting.

@ben And another probably autistic person could say “and they forgot to ask which, so autistic _or_ something”.

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@RussellTheFox Stopping autism from being combined with humor? No way. I don't want a no-fun authoritarian world of strict pc.

The problem lies elsewhere. If friends (in a group with >=1 autist member) make autism jokes and _everybody_ is comfortable and loving, no problem.
Humor isn't a problem, it's alienation and bullying. Treat the actual problem, not an easy-target avatar.

@byllgrim @stackingstones no, this is normalizing the idea that it’s okay to desensitize others that autism can be used in a negative light and I’m tired of NTs taking advantage of this and trying to always silence anyone speaking out about this.

Stop trying to use autism as a punchline for your own benefit, this is not a hard concept.

@RussellTheFox @byllgrim @stackingstones I'm fine with being made fun of by typicals as long as I can make fun of them back. I don't see the jokes in a negative light unless it's specifically used in a hostile manner.

And if *it* is hostile, well.. I've got a sharp sense of humor and I'm ready to use with it. :blobcatcoffee:

@polychrome @byllgrim @stackingstones that is still normalizing the idea of dehumanizing autistic folks. Humor is supposed to be just that, humorous. Not use people to punch down at for a cheap laugh.

@RussellTheFox @byllgrim @stackingstones since you're specifically focusing on the hostile form of humor, then yes, that specific form is not okay as it is used to lower the status of their target in a harmful fashion as a goal.

But depending on context I'm fine with being made fun of. They just have to prepare themselves to receive as much as they deliver.

@polychrome @byllgrim @stackingstones that is still normalizing it and it sends the message to others that it’s okay to mock it. This is wrong and I’m fed up with it.

@RussellTheFox @polychrome @byllgrim i'm not comfortable with that as a universal rule, either. if it works you and whoever else though, of course.

for me personally, i don't like it. in some situations, i can put up with it, but that's different. there's also an inferred "are you normative enough to hang out with the cool kids" in there on a lot of occasions in my experience, so...probably not. :p

@RussellTheFox @polychrome @byllgrim as well as a "you need to suck it up if you can't deal" one. there's more than one way to be hostile towards someone, in other words.

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3) actually use CWs, because not doing so denies ND people any hope of using any platform without being consistently hurt

@RussellTheFox

THIS!! As an actual autistic, thanks for posting this

@RussellTheFox frankly you could've said FAR worse about Autism $peaks and still not be exaggerating

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