Tone It Down Taupe!

maitlands:

I have a lot of shutdowns but nobody ever gets that I’m not being a jerk when stressed.  I just happen to have Asperger’s.

I don’t claim to be an expert in this, so if anything is wrong please feel free to correct.  Or add your comments below if you want, too.  It’s always good to hear other people’s stories.

allismyells:

sadsherwhovian:

Finally finished ☺️ #autism #austismspeaks #lightitupblue

[Imagine Description: A spiral notebook showing a drawing of a puzzle piece between the words Autism Speaks. Text on the puzzle piece reads “1/68 Light it up Blue”.]
Autism Speaks is unfortunately a hate group. They support things like ABA therapy (the treatment of autistic people like dogs, which frequently involves abusive tactics, in order to train us to hide our autistic behaviors) and a member of their board actually made a video that included admitting they wanted to murder their autistic child, while said child was actually in the room.
They also support the Judge Rotenburg Center, which has caused numerous injuries and deaths to disabled people, including torturing them.
You can learn more about how awful they are and why you shouldn’t support them here and here.
Your talents would be put to better use by supporting organizations that actually value us, like ASAN! (:
- Cap

(Random note: Instagram people don’t tend to respond on Tumblr… and a good chunk of them ignore and delete you on Instagram)

allismyells:

sadsherwhovian:

Finally finished ☺️ #autism #austismspeaks #lightitupblue

[Imagine Description: A spiral notebook showing a drawing of a puzzle piece between the words Autism Speaks. Text on the puzzle piece reads “1/68 Light it up Blue”.]

Autism Speaks is unfortunately a hate group. They support things like ABA therapy (the treatment of autistic people like dogs, which frequently involves abusive tactics, in order to train us to hide our autistic behaviors) and a member of their board actually made a video that included admitting they wanted to murder their autistic child, while said child was actually in the room.

They also support the Judge Rotenburg Center, which has caused numerous injuries and deaths to disabled people, including torturing them.

You can learn more about how awful they are and why you shouldn’t support them here and here.

Your talents would be put to better use by supporting organizations that actually value us, like ASAN! (:

- Cap

(Random note: Instagram people don’t tend to respond on Tumblr… and a good chunk of them ignore and delete you on Instagram)

beautifulbipolarworld:

purplewowies:

beautifulbipolarworld:

autisticfandomthings:

dreaming-about-dying:

My lil puzzle piece tattoo

So, you tagged this autism speaks, please don’t support them http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/so-what-is-the-problem-with-autism-speaks/And don’t use the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism http://autisticalex.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/why-you-need-to-stop-using-the-puzzle-piece-to-represent-autistic-people/

So this jackass is ASSBACKWARDS….
#dreaming-about-dying girl right on <3

Um. Yeah. Hi. No. I’m autistic, and I really don’t think any autistic person, any person at all, should be called kidnapped and sick and a cause of ruined lives when they are not kidnapped, sick, and ruining lives. autisticfandomthings is just fine. Your reaction is not only rude but also provides no information as to why you feel this way, whereas theirs does. Thanks.

1. my reaction is rude to a dick. that’s allowed. 
2. that’s not a source, that’s someone elses blog
3. the puzzle piece was chosen because it was unique and different from everything else. It now has come to stand for Autism—the disorder—to be a puzzle. It does not ostracized, cast out, or put down anyone by calling them “puzzlling”
People get the facts straight.
Oh, and since you actually need a source, here is a more reliable one:
http://www.autismmix.com/articles/meaning-of-the-autism-puzzle-piece.php 

Um… that person was basically just telling someone not to support an organization that dehumanizes people. Doesn’t seem too terrible to me. :P
This is two-part: thecaffeinatedautistic’s blog post is more like a research paper, in that it includes links to reliable sources on the harmful things that Autism Speaks does. The autisticalex link is anecdotal, but it’s an anecdote many autistic people share. Many of us dislike puzzle piece imagery used in relation to us, and many/maybe even most of us don’t like how we’re treated by Autism Speaks. So yeah.
To call something that’s an integral way of how I experience things puzzling is to call me puzzling in a way. In addition, the “till all the pieces fit” mentality (which is prevalent) is damaging to autistic people—just because you don’t understand the image on the puzzle doesn’t mean the puzzle isn’t complete. Calling autism a puzzle is about like calling Linux a puzzle when you’re a Windows or Mac user. Our brains use different OSes, but that doesn’t make our brains any more incomplete or puzzling than yours.
Here’s some links of my own:
http://autisticadvocacy.org/2009/10/treading-the-muddy-waters-the-divided-communities-of-autism/ (Last paragraph)http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/05/autism-being-autistic-and-acceptance/https://ollibean.com/2014/04/04/goodnight-autism-puzzle-pieces/http://unpuzzled.net/2012/05/02/i-am-not-a-puzzle-from-reports-from-a-resident-alien/
(Below is Autism Speaks specifically)
http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/01/2013-joint-letter-to-the-sponsors-of-autism-speaks/http://www.examiner.com/article/why-autistic-people-don-t-like-autism-speakshttp://jerobison.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-resign-my-roles-at-autism-speaks.html (One of the very few autistic people who were in any sort of position at Autism Speaks resigning (note: there were/are none in board and high-level positions))http://sundial.csun.edu/2012/04/autism-speaks-does-not-represent-the-voices-of-autistic-people/http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-alive/201311/reporters-guide-the-autism-speaks-debaclehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/11/13/why-autism-speaks-doesnt-speak-for-me/http://autismwomensnetwork.org/not-good-enough-autism-speaks/http://srsalas.com/?p=3781http://www.icaaonline.org/?p=2802http://emmashopebook.com/2013/11/13/whats-wrong-with-autism-speaks/
Some of these are blog posts, others are articles for websites, newspapers, and magazines. But ALL are legitimate discussion of the issues at hand and go into detail about real actions and public perception.

beautifulbipolarworld:

purplewowies:

beautifulbipolarworld:

autisticfandomthings:

dreaming-about-dying:

My lil puzzle piece tattoo

So, you tagged this autism speaks, please don’t support them http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/so-what-is-the-problem-with-autism-speaks/
And don’t use the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism
http://autisticalex.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/why-you-need-to-stop-using-the-puzzle-piece-to-represent-autistic-people/

So this jackass is ASSBACKWARDS….

#dreaming-about-dying girl right on <3

Um. Yeah. Hi. No. I’m autistic, and I really don’t think any autistic person, any person at all, should be called kidnapped and sick and a cause of ruined lives when they are not kidnapped, sick, and ruining lives. autisticfandomthings is just fine. Your reaction is not only rude but also provides no information as to why you feel this way, whereas theirs does. Thanks.

1. my reaction is rude to a dick. that’s allowed. 

2. that’s not a source, that’s someone elses blog

3. the puzzle piece was chosen because it was unique and different from everything else. It now has come to stand for Autism—the disorder—to be a puzzle. It does not ostracized, cast out, or put down anyone by calling them “puzzlling”

People get the facts straight.

Oh, and since you actually need a source, here is a more reliable one:

http://www.autismmix.com/articles/meaning-of-the-autism-puzzle-piece.php 

Um… that person was basically just telling someone not to support an organization that dehumanizes people. Doesn’t seem too terrible to me. :P

This is two-part: thecaffeinatedautistic’s blog post is more like a research paper, in that it includes links to reliable sources on the harmful things that Autism Speaks does. The autisticalex link is anecdotal, but it’s an anecdote many autistic people share. Many of us dislike puzzle piece imagery used in relation to us, and many/maybe even most of us don’t like how we’re treated by Autism Speaks. So yeah.

To call something that’s an integral way of how I experience things puzzling is to call me puzzling in a way. In addition, the “till all the pieces fit” mentality (which is prevalent) is damaging to autistic people—just because you don’t understand the image on the puzzle doesn’t mean the puzzle isn’t complete. Calling autism a puzzle is about like calling Linux a puzzle when you’re a Windows or Mac user. Our brains use different OSes, but that doesn’t make our brains any more incomplete or puzzling than yours.

Here’s some links of my own:

http://autisticadvocacy.org/2009/10/treading-the-muddy-waters-the-divided-communities-of-autism/ (Last paragraph)
http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/05/autism-being-autistic-and-acceptance/
https://ollibean.com/2014/04/04/goodnight-autism-puzzle-pieces/
http://unpuzzled.net/2012/05/02/i-am-not-a-puzzle-from-reports-from-a-resident-alien/

(Below is Autism Speaks specifically)

http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/01/2013-joint-letter-to-the-sponsors-of-autism-speaks/
http://www.examiner.com/article/why-autistic-people-don-t-like-autism-speaks
http://jerobison.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-resign-my-roles-at-autism-speaks.html (One of the very few autistic people who were in any sort of position at Autism Speaks resigning (note: there were/are none in board and high-level positions))
http://sundial.csun.edu/2012/04/autism-speaks-does-not-represent-the-voices-of-autistic-people/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-alive/201311/reporters-guide-the-autism-speaks-debacle
http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/11/13/why-autism-speaks-doesnt-speak-for-me/
http://autismwomensnetwork.org/not-good-enough-autism-speaks/
http://srsalas.com/?p=3781
http://www.icaaonline.org/?p=2802
http://emmashopebook.com/2013/11/13/whats-wrong-with-autism-speaks/

Some of these are blog posts, others are articles for websites, newspapers, and magazines. But ALL are legitimate discussion of the issues at hand and go into detail about real actions and public perception.

sherlocksflataffect:

nekobakaz:

ischemgeek:

ajax-daughter-of-telamon:

autistiel:

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

This is so upsetting it made me cry.
This is why we need acceptance, we are treated like animals. No thought given to why their child might be making those noises, just that it’s an annoyance to be eradicated. What if the child was trying to communicate something important???

I didn’t cry, but otherwise I felt the same as you. I imagined what it would be like if I had had this sort of thing when I was little. I already have a thing about being afraid no one cares what I’m saying (because I was told this fairly often as a kid, usually by other kids) and where I would rather not say anything at all, ever, than say something and be rejected or shut down for it. (I remember a lot of times when I was an older kid, like tween or early teens, trying to go as long as I could without uttering a single word.)
I imagine, if I had been treated in the manner described above, that I’d have those same issues but with ten times the intensity.

Jeeezusfuck. D:
How the fuck is treating kids in a way almost indistinguishable from the feminine boy project okay? At all?

holy fuck no

And you ask me why Im angry.
Also a few months ago over on Parenting Autistic Children with Love &amp; Acceptance on facebook we had a throwdown a bit with these people. No lie. It isn’t abuse bc it’s behaviorism, they say.
WHAT.

As someone who took an ABA class, some ABA/behaviorism principles are good to know (the &#8220;building blocks&#8221; like behaviors having purposes and meaning, realizing why someone is doing something, etc.). But it as a therapy/teaching method is inherently flawed because of things like this. These things are too prevalent and they&#8217;re just&#8230; not good. And then there&#8217;s the facts of behaviors&#8217; purposes getting misjudged (like my ABA teacher misjudged my behavior of not sending an email when I got sick (email was down and then I went to a house without internet for a week) and then proceeded to break the consent thing she&#8217;d laid down as a principle and attempt to stealthily use ABA to shame me for a behavior I had no control over&#8230; which kind of ties back into this).

sherlocksflataffect:

nekobakaz:

ischemgeek:

ajax-daughter-of-telamon:

autistiel:

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)

I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.

We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.

For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

This is so upsetting it made me cry.

This is why we need acceptance, we are treated like animals. No thought given to why their child might be making those noises, just that it’s an annoyance to be eradicated. What if the child was trying to communicate something important???

I didn’t cry, but otherwise I felt the same as you. I imagined what it would be like if I had had this sort of thing when I was little. I already have a thing about being afraid no one cares what I’m saying (because I was told this fairly often as a kid, usually by other kids) and where I would rather not say anything at all, ever, than say something and be rejected or shut down for it. (I remember a lot of times when I was an older kid, like tween or early teens, trying to go as long as I could without uttering a single word.)

I imagine, if I had been treated in the manner described above, that I’d have those same issues but with ten times the intensity.

Jeeezusfuck. D:

How the fuck is treating kids in a way almost indistinguishable from the feminine boy project okay? At all?

holy fuck no

And you ask me why Im angry.


Also a few months ago over on Parenting Autistic Children with Love & Acceptance on facebook we had a throwdown a bit with these people. No lie. It isn’t abuse bc it’s behaviorism, they say.


WHAT.

As someone who took an ABA class, some ABA/behaviorism principles are good to know (the “building blocks” like behaviors having purposes and meaning, realizing why someone is doing something, etc.). But it as a therapy/teaching method is inherently flawed because of things like this. These things are too prevalent and they’re just… not good. And then there’s the facts of behaviors’ purposes getting misjudged (like my ABA teacher misjudged my behavior of not sending an email when I got sick (email was down and then I went to a house without internet for a week) and then proceeded to break the consent thing she’d laid down as a principle and attempt to stealthily use ABA to shame me for a behavior I had no control over… which kind of ties back into this).

The training begins!

agentshiro08:

Just finished my first 2 miles for my Chicago marathon! I can’t wait! Come on guys lets do this!


http://events.autismspeaks.org/teamupchicago14/nicolerunsforautism

Psst… That’s not a particularly nice group ya got there… (Autism Speaks is bad.)

wolfstarforever:

whenever i see something like “no electronic devices are to be used in class” all i can think about are nonverbal people who use gadgets to communicate, especially if they’re autistic. 

Well, (in America) that’s where the ADA *should* come into play.

postalofficepunk:

Okay, I was reading about autism spectrum disorders and the “treatment” of it. And I am absolutely disgusted. Some examples:

  • Bleach Therapy: In bleach therapy, an individual with ASD is given a diluted form of bleach orally or through an enema in an attempt to cure their symptoms. Bleach doses are given repeatedly; supporters of this treatment have recommended that children drink the bleach mixture up to eight times per day or receive an enema up to three times per week. The rationale for the treatment is that bleach can eliminate bacteria, parasites, yeast, and heavy metals and consequently eliminate ASD symptoms. This treatment has been widely denounced for the harm it can cause as well as its complete lack of scientific basis.  Ingesting bleach can lead to severe fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and other complications. 
  • Holding Therapy: Holding therapy is based on the erroneous notion that autism is a disorder of attachment caused by a parent’s failure to bond with their child. In a holding therapy session, a caregiver physically restrains a child with autism in order to force eye contact and repair attachment. This treatment has been deemed ineffective and dangerous. There is no scientific evidence suggesting that holding therapy works and fatalities have resulted from its use. 
  • Antifungal Agent Therapy: Some people believe that bacteria in the gut cause autism, and since antifungal medications can eliminate bacteria they believe they can simultaneously cure autism. There is no evidence to support any antifungal agent as an autism cure. Importantly, treating children with antifungal agents is potentially harmful; possible side effects include itching, irritation, burning, diarrhea, stomach pain, and skin rashes. Some antifungal treatments, including Diflucan, Sporanox, Lamisil, and Nizoral, are absorbed in the body and can impede liver functioning over time. 

Source

There’s also MMS, which, if it’s not what bleach therapy is, is even worse. The solution comes out to be industrial strength bleach, and people pass off the bleach toxicity symptoms as the “treatment” working. People also use that crap for cancer, and it’s KILLED people.

feel-like-badass:

I work at tjmaxx and we’re doing the autism speaks donation campaign again where we try to get customers to donate. I’ve heard that the organization is really shitty, so I was wondering if it was worth possibly pissing off my supervisors and managers by not asking people to donate. I won’t get fired or anything. Is autism speaks shitty enough to where I shouldn’t ask people?

If your job depends on it, it’s fine to ask. But you say you can get away with it… so… I guess do what you think it right? (And yeah, they say we’re kidnapped and sick and ruin lives and a plethora of other things… so it’s definitely crappy enough, IMO.)

beautifulbipolarworld:

autisticfandomthings:

dreaming-about-dying:

My lil puzzle piece tattoo

So, you tagged this autism speaks, please don’t support them http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/so-what-is-the-problem-with-autism-speaks/And don’t use the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism http://autisticalex.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/why-you-need-to-stop-using-the-puzzle-piece-to-represent-autistic-people/

So this jackass is ASSBACKWARDS….
#dreaming-about-dying girl right on &lt;3

Um. Yeah. Hi. No. I&#8217;m autistic, and I really don&#8217;t think any autistic person, any person at all, should be called kidnapped and sick and a cause of ruined lives when they are not kidnapped, sick, and ruining lives. autisticfandomthings is just fine. Your reaction is not only rude but also provides no information as to why you feel this way, whereas theirs does. Thanks.

beautifulbipolarworld:

autisticfandomthings:

dreaming-about-dying:

My lil puzzle piece tattoo

So, you tagged this autism speaks, please don’t support them http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/so-what-is-the-problem-with-autism-speaks/
And don’t use the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism
http://autisticalex.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/why-you-need-to-stop-using-the-puzzle-piece-to-represent-autistic-people/

So this jackass is ASSBACKWARDS….

#dreaming-about-dying girl right on <3

Um. Yeah. Hi. No. I’m autistic, and I really don’t think any autistic person, any person at all, should be called kidnapped and sick and a cause of ruined lives when they are not kidnapped, sick, and ruining lives. autisticfandomthings is just fine. Your reaction is not only rude but also provides no information as to why you feel this way, whereas theirs does. Thanks.

Immunizations and Autism

namiland:

Immunizations

image

With the most recent uproar about immunizations and autism, people are becoming very heated about this subject.  I’ve had all my immunizations.  I’m doing perfectly fine.  My nieces and nephews have all had their immunizations.  2 of the 4 were diagnosed with autism.

When I thought about that, I thought that maybe the way the vaccines are made had changed over the years.  Nope.  I was wrong.…

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… *headdesk*