We will probably not tell him anytime soon.
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So, what you’re saying is that you are setting your kid up to fail. Because without words like “autistic”, we substitute our own. Some of mine were “freak”, “loser”, “idiot”.
Also, functioning labels are useless for the most part. Saying he’s high functioning means that he’ll be held to this high standard of behaviour and when circumstances change, and when he can’t do all those things that high functioning people can supposedly do? He’ll hate himself.
This is very similar to what my mother did to me. She knew I was Autistic from the time I was a few years old, but thought I was “high-functioning” enough to pass for neurotypical if she screamed at me enough times that not making eye contact made me a bad person. She prevented me from being diagnosed until I was a legal adult and was able to pay for my own neuropsych eval without her interference. It was one of the many emotionally abusive things she did to me that resulted in debilitating CPTSD and comorbid depression that still makes me think I don’t deserve to live when my executive function is crap.
One of my friends in high school was NVLD, diagnosed without her knowledge. She got high grades in honors and AP classes while not understanding why she was in one “special ed” social skills class or she was constantly being bullied for flapping her hands and making hissing noises when she was focusing. She told me she was worried there was something wrong about her and she wished she knew why she was so different. It haunted her constantly, especially because she suspected her parents knew and she felt betrayed at them not telling her what it was.
Autistic children deserve the truth. Or they’ll grow up to be Autistic adults recovering from years of internalized ableism and self-hatred.
And it’s not “has autism”. Autism is not a disease. It’s not something that exists beside us following us around or whatever. It’s a part of us. We don’t have autism, we’re Autistic.
Thanks to US Uncut for this! BREAKING: Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has just relinquished control of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, which is now back in the hands of the people. It’s expected the mayor and city council will approve a water affordability plan that caps a household’s water bill at no more than 3 percent of their income. Read more: http://abcn.ws/XavyWZ Thanks to groups like the Detroit Water Brigade for the weeks of ongoing pressure to stop the shutoffs! Direct action gets the goods. Read their statement on this victory here: http://bit.ly/1o9yqbT
As of yesterday, you can now make payment arrangements by phone.
Yes, that is correct. BEFORE YESTERDAY people had to personally go TO the water and sewage department to make payment arrangements.
What happens if you don’t have transportation? What happens if you’re disabled? What happens if you’re sick? What happens if you work all day and Water and Sewage ain’t open when you get off?
People have been lining up out the door and in the parking lot for HOURS to make late payments and payment arrangements.
Now they can at least handle this mess over the gotdamn phone.
The food you eat or brush you’re using may have been made by a worker earning less than a dollar an hour — not in the developing world, but in the invisible workforce inside America’s prisons. Share this if you oppose prison labor for profit.
When I was in prison I worked 3 shifts a day, 5 days a week, starting at 5 AM and ending at 8 PM. I was paid $5.25 a month. Pay for the inmates who facilitate UNICOR workers (by making their food, washing their laundry, etc,) is even lower than the wages cited in the above graphics. The prison industry is also a slave industry, and it isn’t just corporations who benefit. All the furniture you see in federal buildings, post offices, DMVs, etc, where do you think it comes from? Prison labor. I think a lot of people know about states that use prison labor for license plates, but fewer people know that the plaques on doors at city halls, and sometimes the doors themselves, come from prison labor. The incarcerated are a hyper-exploited class unto themselves, and almost no one seems to be helping them to organize.
Image: Photograph of slender, Brown person wearing tan scrubs, working at a sewing machine. There’s a blue jacket on the chair behind them with the initials DOC for Department of Corrections. Top text: “And you thought corporations were just shipping jobs overseas?” Bottom text: “Companies have found people right here at home who’ll work for as little as 93 cents an hour and cannot strike or take vacations. They’re called prisoners.”
I know you all are tired of hearing this but I am ACTUALLY, LITERALLY STARVING because my grants were denied and my roommate won’t buy food. Please, if you can look at reisells and buy something, or send me an ask (anon is ok) if you’d rather donate.
If you can’t do either, please PLEASE signal boost this. I’m hungry. I can’t pay rent. I just want to be able to become a teacher and everything is making it harder.
Kym Worthy, the prosecutor who just brought charges against Theodore P. Wafer for shooting Renisha McBride, has a long history of being a total badass:
Kym Worthy, the prosecutor, the BLACK WOMAN, who ensured that Renisha McBride’s murderer was brought to justice, who was PIVOTAL in ensuring that it didn’t become another George Zimmerman debacle, has a history of being an incredible advocate for actual justice, rather than the facsimile justice (injustice) America usually doles out to marginalized groups.
- Autistic Person: I'm autistic, and --
- Non-Autistic Person: It's "person with autism"! Don't you want to be politically correct? Remember, you're a person first!
- Autistic Person: Actually, I prefer to call myself autistic. [Goes into great detail as to why.] In fact, many autistic people prefer to call themselves autistic.
- Non-Autistic Person: But "person with autism" is what my textbook told me to say!
- Autistic Person: Oh, well, my mistake. I was unaware that you learned this from a textbook. Who am I to question a textbook? Everyone knows that textbooks are infallible founts of wisdom. They wouldn't charge $180 or more for them, otherwise.
- Non-Autistic Person: Are you being sarcastic?
- Autistic Person: Yes.
- Non-Autistic Person: But my textbook said that people with autism can't be sarcastic.
- Autistic Person: *facepalm*