autisticadvocacy:

Red text over an image of a printed page full of DNA sequences. The text reads “Finding a GENE won’t find me a JOB!”

autisticadvocacy:

Red text over an image of a printed page full of DNA sequences. The text reads “Finding a GENE won’t find me a JOB!”

autisticwomen:

Did you know that many people on the spectrum prefer to identify as “Autistic” and not as “a person with autism?”AWN respects each person’s choice to choose their own identity preference; however, we have chosen identity-first language at Autism Women’s Network. If you have any questions, please refer to our community guidelines or ask for clarification. Thank you!Image description: multi-colored background with translucent circles in various sizes. The text reads: “I fail to see how using person first language is going to make people see me as a “person” before my disability. We should all be seen as people. If you really need to be reminded that Autistic people are people, we’ve got a problem. I am proud to call myself Autistic.”www.facebook.com/AutismWomensNetwork

autisticwomen:

Did you know that many people on the spectrum prefer to identify as “Autistic” and not as “a person with autism?”

AWN respects each person’s choice to choose their own identity preference; however, we have chosen identity-first language at Autism Women’s Network. 

If you have any questions, please refer to our community guidelines or ask for clarification. Thank you!

Image description: multi-colored background with translucent circles in various sizes. The text reads: “I fail to see how using person first language is going to make people see me as a “person” before my disability. We should all be seen as people. If you really need to be reminded that Autistic people are people, we’ve got a problem. I am proud to call myself Autistic.”

www.facebook.com/AutismWomensNetwork

autisticadvocacy:

Text on a white background. In large text, it says “Awareness is not enough,” with awareness emphasized. Below in smaller text is “April is autism acceptance month” with an Autistic Self Advocacy Network logo at the bottom right.

autisticadvocacy:

Text on a white background. In large text, it says “Awareness is not enough,” with awareness emphasized. Below in smaller text is “April is autism acceptance month” with an Autistic Self Advocacy Network logo at the bottom right.

fatmf asked
Why does every asshole have an autistic brother?

goldenheartedrose:

It seems like a lot of them do, don’t they? 

"Well, my autistic sibling can’t do x, so therefore you’re wrong and can’t discuss why Autism Speaks is bad".

Hmmph.  

I mean, I get it.  I get that your life is going to be different than if your siblings are all neurotypical.  I get it.  I get the fact that making accommodations is hard, especially if you’re striving for a “normal” life (but what even is that anymore, I don’t even really know).  

However.  Autistic people who are on the internet are not automatically your ideal of “high functioning” as you think they are.  Some of us are verbal (I am, mostly, though I get very very quiet when I’m overwhelmed).  Some of us are not verbal, and yet we still manage to communicate our feelings about groups like Autism Speaks.

It’s frustrating, and it makes me hate the month of April very, very much.

autisticadvocacy:

Image is an Alternative and Augmentative communication device showing a screen with a combination of images and words to choose from. The message on the screen reads “I have something to tell you.” The caption for the image says “Everybody Communicates!”

autisticadvocacy:

Image is an Alternative and Augmentative communication device showing a screen with a combination of images and words to choose from. The message on the screen reads “I have something to tell you.” The caption for the image says “Everybody Communicates!”

ASAN has a great line up of training webinars for self-advocates the next three Tuesdays at 4 pm EST / 1 PM PST.

ndsenseandsex:

twistmalchik:

autisticadvocacy:

Topics include what to do when your allies aren’t really your allies, strategies to combat media misrepresentations, and accessibility in organizing. We are opening it up to self advocates in all states. Please join us! Register at www.autisticadvocacy.org/2014-webinars.

When will recordings be available for those of us not residing in the states listed?

Yes I live overseas but this sounds important.

Barring technical difficulties, yes! How long after varies depending on how long captioning takes, but typically within a week or two. You can see recordings (which will be captioned) on our youtube page, along with past webinars and events:

ASAN’s Youtube Channel

Awareness vs Acceptance: Do Words Matter?

A wonderful essay by Sharon daVanport from last year!