Autistic Burnout Is More Than Burnout

skeleton with head on a laptop with sticky notes and a notebook that says S O S in red ink.

I think I just realized why autistic burnout is so bad. When autistic people reach their limits, they continue because they know they have to continue to be considered valuable.

What Autistic Advocacy Really Means

White person looking at a computer in distress putting their hands on their headphones and looking tired.

What I want to talk about is the lasting effects that occur when autistic people are used as a commodity, a political football, a theoretical argument, as exploitation, when autistic people have to witness the dehumanization and legal torture of autistic people.

Yes, It Really Is Legal to Electrically Shock Disabled Children in The US as Punishment #StopTheShock

Is It Legal in the US to Electrically Shock These People or Animals with the Graduated Electronic Decelerator as a Punishment? List: Animals at the Zoo - No. Abled People in Prison - No. Abled Neurotypical Children - No. Autistic Children - Yes. Children with Intellectual Disabilities - Yes. Children with Developmental Disabilities - Yes. Abled Neurotypical Adults - No. Autistic Adults - Yes. Adults with Intellectual Disabilities - Yes. Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Yes. This is not a Treatment or Therapy. This is Torture. #StopTheShock

Please help #StopTheShock - It is legal in the US to shock disabled people right now at the Judge Rotenberg Center. This is not okay.

Be Honest: Autistic vs Neurotypical Honesty

Flow chart with 6 boxes. Top box: Autistic person saying something to a neurotypical. Next box - Neurotypical black box of thinking/emtoions/concepts. Box 1A - Neurotypical Negative Reaction, Box 2A - Autistic person knows to never say those words to anyone ever again. Box 1B - Neurotypical positive reaction. Box 2B - Autistic person knows they can say those words to that one neurotypical in that one context.

I’ve learned a lot recently after asking allistic people on twitter what they truly want to hear from other people when allistic people say “be honest.” Most of them want a very specific “type” of honesty. At least, neurotypical people may consider this honesty.

PRESS RELEASE FROM AUTISTIC SELF-ADVOCATES REGARDING THE COLOR THE SPECTRUM EVENT AND NEXT FOR AUTISM

Press release from autistic self-advocates from the general public regarding, A livestream to support the autism community. Color the spectrum. Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel Friday April 30th

Press release from autistic self-advocates regarding the Color the Spectrum event and Next for Autism.

An Open Letter to the Autistic Community Regarding Color the Spectrum

Youtube Originals presents in partnership with Next for Autism, A livestream to support the autism community. Color the spectrum. Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel Friday April 30th

A small group of autistic advocates have an announcement regarding the color the spectrum event.

Autistic Anxiety

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Honestly, this misinterpretation of my signals is one of the things I have struggled with the most for my entire life. It’s caused me a lot of fear and pain. And so many non-autistic people don’t see it. They don’t see the problem and they don’t see how they misinterpret me. To them, I don’t have a disability, I am just judgment #1, judgment #2, and judgment #3.

The Spoiled Brat Stereotype and Autistic Children

Person with green jacket and jeans sitting on a dock with long hair, face looking away from camera.

My autistic traits were obvious! But the Spoiled Brat archetype worked against the assumption that I needed support, and instead adults believed I needed chastising or ignoring.