11:13 am - Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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We are now accepting applications for travel grants to send a limited number of parents of children with autism, individuals with autism, special education teachers, and other stakeholders to attend theInternational Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). This year the conference will be held in Toronto, Canada from May 17-19.

The awards cover up to $1,000 of expenses to be used for registration, travel, accommodations, meals and other directly related expenses, including childcare or special accommodations to enable individuals with autism to participate. Grantees are responsible for obtaining international travel documents.

Applications must be received by February 29, 2012.

Click link for more details.

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2:19 am - Mon, Nov 28, 2011
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Q: So this Neurodiversity Follow Friday thing... I'm a trans woman with an official diagnosis of OCD, in the process of getting an ADHD diagnosis, and I identify as autistic. My tumblog is mostly about anything to do with human rights with possibly an emphasis on trans and disability things, with some of my personal stuff in the mix (my life and interests like for example languages). I'm on Twitter as well: @tuuli1
tuuli

Added :)

- Evan

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2:10 am
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On the douchebaggery taking place on the #autism tag.

yellow-eyeballs:

[TW for mentions of abuse/bullying; ableism]

So it’s come to my attention that allistic bloggers have taken to posting offensive, triggering, or irrelevant stuff on the autism tag (that is, even more so than usual) and that most of it is coming from parents of autistic children who want a place to either complain about how “burdensome”, “wrong”, “sick” and “hopeless” their children are, or wax hopeful about their crusade to “cure” their child of their autism, like the goddamn Don Quixote of autism parents.

And when called out on this by autistic bloggers - the people whose voices should be centered on this tag for obvious reasons - they are quick to defend themselves, spewing forth even more logical fallacies and bigoted tropes in the process. They try to deflect the blame off of themselves by claiming that they are being bullied by people calling them out on their shit. They try to dismiss us by saying “I’m normal, therefore I’m right”. They say “think about the poor parents who can’t have normal lives because autism has cursed their family!!!1!11!”. They’ll say and do a whole bunch of bigoted, privileged bullshit to make us look bad for demanding some basic fucking respect.

Allistic people, you are being put on notice here.

The autism tag is no place for the kind of behavior I just described. 

It will never be “safe” for you to bemoan autistic people as burdens.
It will never be “safe” for you to express the desire to harm your child/sibling/family member, or sympathize with someone who does so.
It will never be “safe” for you to dominate our space and silence us.
It will never be “safe” for you to spread myths and disinformation about autism and autistic people.

EVER.

You have two options, allistic people:
you can either resume frothing at the mouth, trying to defend your short-sighted, privileged bullshit,
or…
you can step the fuck back, shut the fuck up, think about what you’ve been saying here, learn what you can and can’t do here, and learn how to check your goddamn privilege.

Come at me, bro.

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4:27 am - Thu, Nov 10, 2011
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Q: Hi! I'm sorry to bother y'all, but I'm trying to explain to my partner how Autism Speaks is problematic, would anyone mind helping me? I'm having a difficult time phrasing and coming up with some sources :( I'm sorry if I'm a bother, but I don't really know who I can ask! Thanks, J.
Anonymous

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4:20 pm - Fri, Nov 4, 2011
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metapianycist:

Autistic people do not exist to be inspiring to allistic people.

There are also queer autistic people.

The brother being autistic has nothing to do with the thing being expressed at all.

Unless if the thing being expressed is “He’s autistic [the speaker means: less capable of critical thinking] and EVEN HE GETS IT,” in which case, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INAPPROPRIATE GENERALIZATION OF AUTISTIC PEOPLE. And THANK YOU FOR ERASING MY EXPERIENCE OF ENCOUNTERING OTHER AUTISTIC PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD PREJUDICES.

Autistic people are no less likely to have prejudices than anyone else. A heterosexual autistic person is no less likely to be heterosexist than any other heterosexual person.

But maybe I’m being one of those assholes who reads too much into things.

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4:27 pm - Sat, Oct 22, 2011
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super-rainbows:

fyeahautismspectrum:

(obviously autistics are uncreative, because they’re MALE and creativity is a female associated trait)

Emily

(Emphasis mine)

Isn’t that a little bit sexist? I’ve never noticed males being any less creative than females. There are many male artists and writers, and those things both require creativity…

Or were you saying that that’s what the stereotypes say?

Yeah I meant that was the stereotypes.  IE creativity is associated with women, (except it actually is in really sexist and kind of creepy ways; which isn’t really the point of this post, but suffice it to say that association is not remotely positive.), not that there’s any actual truth to that idea, because there definitely isn’t.

Emily

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3:53 pm
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[I wrote this in response to this ask on Autistic Problems asking if there is any truth to the idea that autistic people lack empathy and creativity; reposting my response here because it seems relevant.]

snailrevolution asked:

I’ve heard from various sources that people with autism are less creative and/or less empathic than non-autistic people. Is there any factual/statistic basis for this?

metapianycist replied:

No. Those are stereotypes of autistic people. The diagnostic criteria for no autistic diagnosis requires an autistic person to be “less” creative, whatever that means in a clinical sense. “Empathy” as is used in its clinical sense is additionally problematic because it differs from the common usage of the word. Being able to decode other people’s facial expressions and emotional responses intuitively (the psychological usage of the word) is not the same thing as (and is not required for) caring about other people’s feelings. Many of the most empathetic people I know are also autistic people.

I replied:

No, not really.

The empathy arguments are mostly propogated by Simon Baron-Cohen, who mostly gerrymandered to exclude autistic people.  He defines empathy as “Empathy is our ability to identify what someone else is thinking or feeling and to respond to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion” [The Science of Evil, US edition, p16]

This is actually super manipulated; because it conflates both the ability to figure out what people are thinking (which is largely a learned skill) and the tendency to be emotionally effected by other people (which is what empathy is usually used to refer to.) And also by declaring the response to be an “appropriate” emotion this is subtly Othering autistic people’s senses of empathy, when we, for example, respond to someone in pain with emotional overload and desperate attempts to do anything to make their suffering stop because it’s hurting us.  Or the tendency to withdraw from people in pain because it’s really uncomfortable to be around them.

This is then classified as Not Empathy because those emotions aren’t appropriate; the Appropriate response is to be nice and take care of the person and be supportive, not to be completely overwhelmed by empathy.  When really, those are empathy overload (and I get them frequently; I don’t know how universal those experiences are to autistic people; many other autistic people also experience it though)

So basically, he’s manipulating the definition to create a very allistic centered concept of empathy, and then declaring that autistic people lack it or are impaired in empathy, which isn’t really a very good interpretation of the evidence and requires a really weird understanding of empathy.

As for the less creative thing, it’s pretty much entirely stereotype, and probably ties into the male-gendering of autism (obviously autistics are uncreative, because they’re MALE and creativity is a female associated trait).  Some autistic people are not super creative, but that’s not really any different then most people.  Personally I have an extremely hard time surpressing my constant stream of ideas.  It’s actually kind of inconvenient how creative I am sometimes >.<

(This again means Simon Baron-Cohen is probably at fault.  But I don’t have his book where he proposes that autism is an “extreme male brain”, but yeah, that’s also bullshit.)

[EDIT: Added in the ask and metapianycists reply now that I got permission to reblog his part of the reply]

Emily

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1:40 pm - Thu, Oct 20, 2011
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yellow-eyeballs:

Hell. Yes.

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3:18 pm - Sat, Oct 15, 2011
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nicocoer:

Autistic people protest Autism Speaks — Columbus, Ohio (by kuiamalynne) THERE ARE CAPTIONS. You might have to click through though.

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9:31 am - Thu, Oct 13, 2011
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To anyone who believes that people with Autism and other special needs “aren’t oppressed” or are “given special treatment”:

flanoirbunny:

TRIGGER WARNING for abuse; ablism.

Autistic boys ages 5 and 7 forced to live in cage…

An autistic man was locked in a room at a special care home in Nova Scotia for 15 days…

The mother of a 14-year-old autistic boy has accused a school aide of ‘waterboarding’ her son by forcing his head under a running faucet…

Talk Show Host Michael Savage Calls Those With Autism Brats, Frauds, Morons, Putzes and More…

Studies have shown that 20% of Autistic children are abused, while only about 1% of non-Autistic kids suffer abuse.

Any questions?

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