I’ve had this post saved in drafts for about two months now. I’ve been hesitant to publish it because I don’t want to do a disservice to anyone, but two things happened within a short time span and it’s time to hit the publish button with a few disclaimers.
I shared a meme yesterday on my Facebook page, but I’ll pop it here for those who didn’t see it:
But, here’s the thing…
I don’t really like the word spectrum.
There are the three reasons for my dislike of this word that I can articulate (and several more that I can’t quite articulate at the moment).
[CN: Functioning labels, martyr parents]
My offline life is really full at the moment. I’m juggling a lot of things while trying to manage a complete lack of spoons. I’m still sliding down to burn out, and I’m accepting the real possibility that I might not be able to stop that slide.
This post will serve as a bit of a pep talk for me, a friend of mine, and whoever else wants (or needs) to read it.
We already know that they hate us. We already know that every time they talk about us, they dehumanise us and exclude us.
I created a meme about tech shaming to share on my Facebook page four days ago, and it really resonated with many people. The shares and comments are finally slowing down enough for me to respond to the comments received on that image.
I hear a lot of parents say that they had to give up on their dreams and expectations for their children. It’s not always parents of autistic children. Sometimes, it’s parents of children without any disabilities, but it does seem to be a recurring theme in communities where parents of autistic children gather.