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From the Archives: The View of Autism from the Cheap Seats: Cure Talk and Autistic Culture

Here’s another old blog I’m bringing back!

Yesterday, I heard someone say at school that she was signed up for the Autism version of some training the public school folk have to attend each year.  She’s our Title teacher, who comes out to work with kids, via the taxpayers.  I wanted to ask her if an Actual Autistic person was teaching it, but I’m selectively out at work right now; my colleagues who can help me know I’m Autistic, but my principal just officially knows my husband and son are Autistic.  She’ll do the math at some point, but for now, if I need help, my colleagues can help me pretty readily.  At any rate, this is an issue I’m forever concerned about: Autistic “training” for teachers that’s usually designed by people who believe in helping us “manage” our Autism by helping us to “pass” as neurotypical.  This ends up passing on a whole bunch of information that is, in fact, harmful to actual Autistics.

At any rate, early this morning, I was following tweets by the mind behind the amazing Aspie Mermaid about a class she was in with a whole bunch of nt folk talking about Autism.  They knew SO MUCH, yet they knew nothing.  They likely had been to some of these trainings I mentioned earlier.

And then the mind behind The Silent Wave tweeted about arguing about removing Autism from the DSM, and we batted some ideas around.

These events sparked this post, where I unpack a few myths about Autism from the so-called experts and what’s really true.

Come have a look at Autism, not from the “cheap seats” at those neurotypical-designed trainings, but right in the front row of the box (the best place to watch a musical) or the front row on the floor (the best place for other events!).

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