Text says: embrace being weird. The words 'being weird' have been embossed and coloured green and white for emphasis. Text is over a purple background with a splatter pattern.

Embrace being weird

I see many posts and memes that say things along the lines of “autistic people are not weird.”
I understand the intentions. I understand that these are created to promote acceptance of autistic people, but every time that I see one of these types of memes and posts, I think “but I am.”

Text says: Images of Autism. Grey text on a green wooden background surrounded by an old camera, flash and lens.

Images of Autism

[CN: The sources linked for the images may be triggering because that’s the nature of media reporting about autism]

I want to write about the images that the media uses when they report on anything related to autism. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some common themes I’ve noticed.