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Autistic writer. Growth junkie. Kindness advocate. Seen in HuffPo, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, Leafly, + more. IG & TW: @howilostallmyfs @thrivingautist ❤

It’s about brain functionality and mental health, not “feeling special.”

People who are autistic need to know that they are — we’re wired differently, and there’s power in learning how. Photo by Felicia Buitenwerf on Unsplash

A lil’ knowledge to help you be an effective self-advocate or ally

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Normal is inherently othering, divisive, and reductive.

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People don’t mean to push us down, but it happens every day.

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Once again, it’s low-wage workers that are taking the brunt of pandemic denial (+ much more).

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The term is no longer in the US’s diagnostic manual for very good reasons…which include Nazis.

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Plus, tips for your own life-changing authenticity mission.

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…and the valuable lessons I learned from the experience.

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If something happens to you and you proverbially fall, even if it’s not your fault, the government — whom you’ve given…

Awareness efforts very often do more harm than good to the autistic community. Listen to us, not people talking *about* us.

Autism is a disability, and that’s okay — we need your acceptance of authentic autism, not denial and euphemisms.

The art is really lovely and it does seem well-intentioned, but the original image — credit appreciated, if anyone knows the artist — but these kind of euphemisms are very often harmful.

Meg Hartley

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