I do. I can’t stand the smell. I think it’s related to sensory processing disorder.
I have not tried it.
On the blog page, if you’re using Google Chrome or Firefox, the blank circle meme spins when you mouse-over it.
You were enthralled by the spinning. It is the great spinning of stim.
there we go!
[Image of meme. Top text: ”Friend abruptly says, ‘Try not to think about polar bears’ ” Bottom Text: ”Don’t hear them because you were daydreaming”]
This happened to me once and my friend found it hilarious that I had successfully avoided thinking about polar bears after being told not to.
[Image of meme. Top text: ”Attempt to think about something other than special interest.” Bottom text: ”Fail miserably”]
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[Image of meme. Top text: ”Special interest is an extremely obscure band” Bottom text: ”People accuse you of making them up”]
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[Image of meme. Top Text: ”Agree with NT person” Bottom Text: ”For some reason, they think you’re disagreeing and get mad”]
I was thinking about this today because in one of my classes, the professor mispronounced a word and a student corrected her by saying “It’s pronounced x, not y.” (I don’t remember what the word was.) Another girl, (I don’t know her very well, but I see her around a lot and I’m pretty sure she’s autistic because she seems to stim a lot, she doesn’t really make eye contact when I talk to her, and her voice has that quality that’s different from most NT people) agreed by saying “It’s not pronounced y.” I knew what she meant—she was agreeing with the first girl. But no one else seemed to understand that, and the first girl got pissed off at her and behaved as though she’d disagreed with her, even though she’d literally said the exact same thing. I felt bad for the other girl. She seemed pretty embarrassed and apologetic, even though it didn’t look to me like she’d said anything wrong. I guess I found this interesting because it happens to me so frequently, but I’ve never seen it happen to anyone else.
I don’t understand NT people sometimes.
Submission by seenthecolorsfade
[Image of meme. Top text: ” ‘This song is weird. I don’t like it.’ ” Bottom text: ”Favorite song within the week”]
(The image is an overturned tanker, a colossus in white, blue, and red on a blue, relatively calm sea. It is lying on its side. The puzzle piece logo and the words ‘Autism Speaks,’ in the characteristic font and shade of blue, have been Photoshoped onto the side. It is captioned ‘Your ship of fail Listeth, sire).
Please pass these things around when you see them. The Internet runs on rumors and self-fulfilling prophecies.
So apparently a shit-ton of Autism Speaks people are abandoning ship because of a recent thing, and a lot of them are “we thought we could steer in a better direction, but they weren’t interested.” And JER resigned. So…yeah Autism Speaks doesn’t even have a token anymore and they’re pissing even parents off and I’m honestly OK with that.
Working on a link roundup right now. Please be advised that trigger warnings apply to most of this content - tread with caution.
The “Call for Action” released by A$:
Autistic people and organizations responding:
An Unholy Alliance: Autism Speaks and the Judge Rotenberg Center - Autistic activist Autistic Hoya responds to finding that the infamously abusive and dangerous JRC is sponsoring an event at the summit.
John Elder Robison resigns.
Autism Speaks Kidnaps “Policy Summit” - Autistic activist Paula Durbin-Westby has tons of useful information for things you can do now to counter Autism Speaks’s harmful actions.
ASAN-AAC Statement on Autism Speaks’ DC “Policy Summit” - from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and the Association for Autistic Community, both Autistic-run groups, lays out those organizations’ stance toward the summit
AWN Squares Off with Autism Speaks over National Autism Plan - by Professor Ibby Grace of the Autism Women’s Network Board of Directors
No more - a letter to Suzanne Wright - a powerful piece from Diary of a Mom wherein Jess, a former supporter of Autism Speaks, renounces support - contains a potentially triggering account of Suzanne Wright’s conduct toward Jess’s autistic daughter, Brooke
A Mouse That Roars: Standing in Defiance of Autism Speaks - a stirring and informative call to action by Kerima writing at the autism wars
Dear Ms. Wright, Autism Speaks and any others out there who may read this… - a deeply upsetting account from Mama’s Turn Now of the effect of Autism Speaks’s rhetoric on her child, who read some of the call to action linked above
The Price We Pay for Autism Speaks - by Mom2Rebels at Raising Rebel Souls, discusses the impact of Autism Speaks on her life and relationship with her children’s neurology.
Why are so many people mad at Autism Speaks right now? - from OMum22 at Small but Kinda Mightycontains useful background as well as a summary of the current situation
Yes, good. Links.
Corrected the link for Paula C. Durbin Westby’s information. It should work, now.
Here’s a lot of important links. Significant trigger warnings for ableism apply to the first one and I’d like to note that that article is quoted in several of the following articles. The following articles do, however, provide appropriate warnings.