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Not “just quirky”

I see a lot of comments, memes, books – heck even entire therapy centres – themed around the idea that autistic children are “just quirky.”
This has always irritated me, but I haven’t quite been able to articulate the reasons why it’s an irritating phrase.
This article finally helped me understand part of why just quirky annoys me.

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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.