Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Possible "Autistic People Are..." Ideas!

Yeah, I'm being all organized this time. Have ideas. (Yes, this was on Yes, That Too first. That's me, I can do that.)

So, here's some ideas I think anyone can write, Autistic or not (though a non-student writing classmates would be weird, that sort of thing):

  • Autistic people are people.
  • Autistic people are as diverse as non-autistic people.
  • Autistic people are our co-workers.
  • Autistic people are our classmates.
  • Autistic people are not here for inspiration.
  • Autistic people are not mysteries to be solved.
  • Autistic people are not tragedies.
  • Autistic people are awesome.
  • Autistic people are not puzzles.
  • Autistic people are the experts on autism.
  • Autistic people are not all children.
And here's some I'd love to see that should come from an Autistic person who is *insert whatever we are:*

  • Autistic people are teachers.
  • Autistic people are writers.
  • Autistic people are engineers.
  • Autistic people are parents/mothers/fathers.
  • Autistic people are historians.
  • Autistic people are creative.
  • Autistic people are farmers.
  • Autistic people are activists.
  • Autistic people are advocates.
  • Autistic people are firefighters.
  • Autistic people are researchers.
  • Autistic people are teachers.
I think you get the idea? There are certainly more you can write about, these are just to get people started. 
I'll probably either be all meta again and talk about choosing a topic, but if not, I might go with "Autistic people are researchers" since I am a researcher in nanotechnology and all. I'm not sure. Write ALL the things! Oh, and maybe I'll write one in Chinese. I think that would be cool.

Note: This is run by Autistic people, and so all the suggestions are in terms of Autistic people. If you are a person with autism, you can write a "People With Autism Are" and submit it. We respect your self-identification. If you are going to tell us what to call ourselves, however, that is not OK.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Autistic people are...
Autistic people should...
I would say to type these into Google and look for the autocomplete suggestions, but it's pretty bad. It's triggering, looking at what people search starting with those strings. Âû  gave the heads up about that issue, thanks to them. They're awesome, btw. 
That's where this idea comes from. The idea? Flash blogs, of course. AutismPositivity went well. Autistics Speaking Day (ASDay) got international coverage last year. Having lots of people blogging about things together seems to do things, and maybe it will change what searches come up. We want to do this now, though, so that if we're changing the search strings and the search results by way of putting good things out there, it can hopefully be changed by April.
It needs to be changed by then because it's Autism Awareness month, Autism Acceptance month. Awareness is the term that most organizations use, unless they are trying to co-opt acceptance, the thing we truly need, and something that is incompatible with their brands of awareness.
So I know it's short notice, but Autistic People Should is going to be February 23, and Autistic People Are is March 2. Yes, that's a week from today and two weeks from today. Thumbnail graphics are still to be determined, and you can submit ideas if you want. Anyone who wants to send us a link to their flash blog for either topic, the Autistic People Should blog is here, and the Autistic People Are blog is here. You can put links in the comments, message Yes, That Too on Facebook, tweet at us, whatever. A Google Doc for submission will be up as well, once we get the executive functioning together. And yes, we could still go for another moderator.