Ah, the mighty (awful) have done it again. This time: 29 Memes That Nail What It’s Like to Be an ‘Autism Parent’. Apparently, according to whoever decided to share the post on the mighty (awful)’s Facebook page “This always puts a smile on our faces.” Well, my face was not smiling.
So, you’re a non-autistic person, and you see a post that is directed at Autistic people.
It may be in the form of a question that asks for specific feedback from other Autistic people. You might decide that you would like to give your feedback too. Please, stop yourself. Resist that urge to offer your insight.
Tone policing autistic people, or any member of a marginalised group, is not ok. I’ve mentioned this topic in a previous post, but it probably deserves its own post.
What is tone policing?
Tone policing is when a person tells another person that they should be
• more polite, more courteous, more gracious; and/or
Dear the Mighty
I’ve always referred to you as The Mighty (Awful) because that is exactly what you are: Mighty awful.
Today, however, is the final straw.
You have published articles written by autistic people which talk about ableism, and how that effects our lives on a daily basis, and then you go do this?
[CN: Prevention of autism]
What’s offensive about talking about preventing autism?
I can’t even believe that this question was asked, but it was. On Twitter, I had to keep my response brief, but I have this space to put down detailed thoughts.
So, why is talking about preventing autism offensive?
Let’s consider what autism is, from an autistic person’s perspective.
I am tired. I am tired of being angry.
I took a study break today to discover yet another media report about the abuse of autistic children in Australian schools.
Let’s take a moment to list the media reports related to the abuse of autistic adults and children that have occurred over the past few months: