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We've asked a lot this week. If you can't do it all, but you you can do one thing to be an #AuthenticAlly to the #AutisticCommunity, then do this. Be compassionate. Aim for understanding.
Learn about #Autism & #AutismMyths from #ActuallyAutistic people.
https://t.co/X5OrtqYyQN https://t.co/el2cmzNvto
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We've been talking about being an #AuthenticAlly this week, & what that means. We all need to be allies, #ActuallyAutistic or not, when it comes to #mentalhealth. It's not a private matter, and we need to work together.
Check out Zoes post to see why
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An Authentic Ally needs to know #Neurodivergence isn't visible on the outside. Yes, we can fake it and mask, but its not easy, and it has a price you will never understand. Don't invalidate my neurotype or experiences just because you don't understand them.
#ActuallyAutistic https://t.co/pLzlcg6bod
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Every #ActuallyAutistic person has #value, #values, #skills, & #soul. We make Excellent Allies. Check out Jo's post on the value we can bring in just one area of life, #recruitment. Hire #Autistic, & see how much #MutualBenefit it brings both you and us.
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Interesting article on RTE. It is good to see what our community has been talking about for years coming a little more into the spotlight.
Checkout our site for more https://t.co/ORUGOHoF8f
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Great to see this from @BITCIreland. Looking forward to seeing g the #Elevate strategy. This is the type of allyship our communities need, and this post byJo iexplains it all https://t.co/YKI3USsMVN https://t.co/9Bwp9CJmn4
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A lot of people are late diagnosed or wouldn't even consider ADHD for themselves at all because "ADHD" is a misnomer seen only through a deficit lens.
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Related to this post: Laziness is a myth. Laziness isn't a helpful concept. Scratch 'lazy' from your vocabulary and ask yourself what's really going on with you or your child: Maybe you're overwhelmed, underwhelmed, anxious, disillusioned, a perfectionist, or struggle with executive functioning. Ask yourself what you or your child really need. There could be many reasons why you don't just do the thing. Procrastinating isn't lazy, it's hard work. Laziness isn't a helpful concept.
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This is why it's important to acknowledge our words first instead of reading something into our posture, facial expressions, slow response time, etc. Also please don't assume we have some hidden agenda or are trying to be passive-aggressive!
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Lots of love from your favourite neurodivergent enby content creator xoxo

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Understanding autism
LGBTQ+ Identity
are autistic people
more likely to be lgbtq+?

Yes!

Autistic people are twice as likely to be LGB than allistic people (George & Stokes, 2017), and three times as likely to be transgender or gender diverse (Warrier et al, 2020).

This might be to do with the different ways we relate to social norms in comparison to allistic people.

Regardless of why this is, we know our own minds and identities. Respect and love LGBTQ+ autistic people. We are an important part of the LGBTQ+ community, and the LGBTQ+ community is an important part of the neurodivegent community!

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REPOST: We can demand acceptance and acknowledge our challenges all at the same time. It's not one or the other. It's both.

I've talked a lot about what seeing autism as an identity is. Here's what it isn't 👇👇👇

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[Image text: "What being positive about autistic identity isn't:
It isn't invalidating the reality that we struggle and have challenges.

It isn't ignoring how disabled we can be and how much support we may need.

It isn't putting a toxic positivity spin on our experiences.

It isn't saying being autistic is a superpower and we just need to learn how to harness it."]
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We've asked a lot this week. Being an Authentic Ally has lots of steps. But if you can't do it all, if you are only willing or able to do one thing to be an #AuthenticAlly to the #AutisticCommunity, then do this.
Be compassionate. Aim for understanding.
Learn about #Autism & #AutismMyths from #ActuallyAutistic people.
https://buff.ly/329Yhi5