Autistic in April
Please avoid puzzle piece symbolism. The idea that we are 'missing pieces of oursevlves' or that we are a puzzle for 'normal' folks to solve is heavily embedded in that symbol and extremely dehumanizing. We are NOT puzzles for you to solve, we are ourselves, thank you very much. Nor are we, as one autism 'expert' said, "missing a core aspect of what it is to be human".
We have our own symbol, the rainbow infinity. Please use it.
Autistic in April
Related to this, please share and promote the voices of autistic folks. We are the only ones who understand #autism from inside, the only ones who can tell you what it's really like and what really helps US, as opposed to what helps hide our differences.
Be very careful what you share that isn't written by autistic people. Many of the memes, articles, etc, about autistic people are dehumanizing, infantalizing or erasing. Autism Speaks has a particularly bad history of this.
Autistic in April
Awareness isn't enough. You try to be aware of a pile of dog poo on the sidewalk so you can avoid stepping on it. It's still a pile of shit.
What we need is your ACCEPTANCE. Part of that is accepting that we have a right to a voice in our own advocacy. So please promoting autism ACCEPTANCE this April and use the #RedInstead hashtag, which was created by and for autistic folks.
A Thread on Being #Autistic in April and How You Can Help
#Autism Awareness makes April a hard month for autistic folks. A lot of autistic folks take a break from social media in April just to avoid it.
This year is worse. Social distancing and shelter-in-place affect us too. We may be more affected because of how difficult change is for us.
A social media breakh this April will be impossible for many of us.
Please read this. Learn how to make this month easier for us.
It's genuinely insane that from country to country, and now from state to state, every single hotspot says "We should have acted earlier" while every place that hasn't been hit yet says, "But we don't have to act now because it's not a problem here."
Sequel: "Here's the video of the bison I shot once I got a safe distance away lol" https://twitter.com/DeionNBCMT/status/1242965245414391808
In case you all haven't seen this yet…this TV news reporter demonstrates perfect wildlife encounter technique:
🔁 @DeionNBCMT@twitter.com: There was a herd of bison walking right toward me at Yellowstone NPS today! https://twitter.com/DeionNBCMT/status/1242910540105576450
Someone translated Dracula into Icelandic and it took over 100 years for anyone to point out he just made a fanfic-rewrite of what he wanted the story to be.
God I =hate it when you put in an issue report on an open source project and the response is just "PRs welcome!"
Buddy, if I had the project knowledge / time / relevant language / etc. to put in a PR I *simply would have*. Just say "we don't care" and don't try to gussy it up as a positive!
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Linking for CW:
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