by Nora Ruth from A Heart Made Fullmetal. S is for Stigma. Autism is kind of like my own personal Instagram filter. I view the world through a different lens. I don’t see things like anyone else does. It changes the way I process information. It means the world sometimes looks fuzzy…
by Tuttleturtle from Turtle is a Verb. R is for Respect. Because I demand respect. Demanding that I will be recognized, neurodivergences and all. Deciding that I will be valued. All of me, not only the parts that look the way others want or expect. Defining myself, rather than living a life others push upon me.
by Alyssa Hillary from Yes, That Too. Q is for Quirky. I’ve got a really complicated relationship with the word “Quirky.” I think many of us (neurodivergent people) do, and often for reasons that are … also complicated, and often highly personal. Thought the first: Quirky is true.
by Bobbi Duncan-Ishcomer from This Sort of Life. The Purgatory of Passing: I AM Like Your Child. Who is that girl reflected in the shop-front window glass? It can’t be me. That girl is standing still; arms to her side, hands not flapping, fingers not fluttering. She doesn’t make noise for noise-making sake.
by Amanda Burkhart from [introspection intensifies] Outrage [CN: filicide] When I googled “autism and outrage,” just for laughs, the immediate results were almost all of the same theme: Some celebrity said something horrible / misinformed about autism, and this caused outrage. The most popular results have our outrage mentioned like it’s merely a thing
by Dani Alexis Ryskamp from Autistic Academic. N is for Neurodiversity. Hang out long enough in any space where the word “autism” is used, and eventually you’ll also hear the word “neurodiversity.” In some spaces, “neurodiversity” is treated as a good thing; in others, it’s treated as the enemy. But why?