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Talking about preventing autism is offensive

[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.

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I am tired

[CN: Abuse]
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:

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Photos with Santa

I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone, but I would really like people to stop and examine their beliefs around the holiday season. Specifically, how those beliefs translate to what we expect our children to do at this time of year.
So, here’s a thing that is bugging me right now.
Photos with Santa

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Autism Parent Bingo

Autism parent bingo can help ease those feelings of discomfort when we interact with parents of autistic children.
A lot of parents of autistic children blog and talk about the hardship of parenting their children. They use words like burden, marriage stress, and talk about wanting a ‘normal’ life. They won’t listen to autistic adults when we say that there is another way.