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Discredit tactics used against Autistic (and Disabled) people …

Short version:

1. Deny Autistics are Really Autistic.

2.Diminish Person’ Experience: Tell an Autistic they aren’t Autistic enough … or then they are a “rare exception” (not like my child argument, “autistic lite”)

3. Use Prejudice: Too Autistic and disabled to have a voice or opinion.

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Recognize any of these from @BillyMann’s tweets or Alison Singer?

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Jim Sinclair wrote about this in 2005.

Full version:

Any attempt by a group of disempowered people to challenge the status quo has been met by remarkably similar efforts to discredit them. The discrediting tactics used most frequently are:

1) If at all possible, to deny that the persons mounting the challenge are really members of the group to which they claim membership.

This tactic has been used against disability activists with learning disabilities and psychiatric disabilities as well as against autistic people.

As people with these disabilities often look “normal” and … many of us have been told that the very fact that we are able to express ourselves, object to the ways our freedom has been restricted or our rights violated, and demand change proves that we cannot truly be autistic, or learning disabled, or psychiatrically impaired.

2) If there is incontrovertible evidence that the activists are members of the affected group, to aver that they are rare exceptions who are so unlike typical members … that what they have to say is irrelevant to the group as a whole.

3) If it is not possible to deny that the activists are authentic representatives, … to appeal to the very prejudices and stereotypes the activists are seeking to overturn,

and use those prejudices and stereotypes to claim that the activists are incapable of fully understanding their situations and knowing what is best for them.

Often this approach incorporates the belief that disabled people need to have their freedom restricted for their own good, to protect them from coming to harm through their inability to act in their own best interests.

https://internationalbadassactivists.org/2019/01/06/recognize-these-3-patterns-of-discrediting-tactics-taken-from-jim-sinclairs-ani-history-article/


Coming to understand the child has autism: A process illustrating parents’ evolving readiness for engaging in care – Stephen J Gentles, David B Nicholas, Susan M Jack, K Ann McKibbon, Peter Szatmari,

We report results from a large qualitative study regarding the process of parents coming to understand the child has autism starting from the time of initial developmental concerns. Specifically, we present findings relevant to understanding how parents become motivated and prepared for engaging in care at this early stage. The study included primary data from 45 intensive interviews with 32 mothers and 9 expert professionals from urban and rural regions of Ontario, Canada. Grounded theory methods were used to guide data collection and analysis. Parents’ readiness (motivation and capacity) for engagement develops progressively at different rates as they follow individual paths of meaning making. Four optional steps account for their varied trajectories: forming an image of difference, starting to question the signs, knowing something is wrong, and being convinced it’s autism. Both the nature of the information and professional help parents seek, and the urgency with which they seek them, evolve in predictable ways depending on how far they have progressed in understanding their child has autism. Results indicate the need for sensitivity to parents’ varying awareness and readiness for involvement when engaging with them in early care, tailoring parent support interventions, and otherwise planning family-centered care pathways.

Source: Coming to understand the child has autism: A process illustrating parents’ evolving readiness for engaging in care – Stephen J Gentles, David B Nicholas, Susan M Jack, K Ann McKibbon, Peter Szatmari,


Two Sarasota school employees acquitted in battery trials – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL

A Sarasota teacher’s aide was charged after placing a student in a trash can, and a bus driver taken to court for shoving a child’s head. Both avoided criminal convictions.

Source: Two Sarasota school employees acquitted in battery trials – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL


California vaccine bill: Feminine hygiene device and misused photo at anti-vaxxer rally – The Washington Post

A woman threw a bloody menstrual cup at lawmakers and shouted, “That’s for the dead babies.”

Source: California vaccine bill: Feminine hygiene device and misused photo at anti-vaxxer rally – The Washington Post


17-year-old with autism sucker-punched in high school hallway

A 17-year-old with autism was sucker-punched in a Dayton Public School hallway this week.

Source: 17-year-old with autism sucker-punched in high school hallway


Teenager with autism reported missing in Randolph County | myfox8.com

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County teenager with autism has gone missing, according to a Silver Alert.Officials say 18-year-old Jordan Thomas Stacy, of Randolph County, was last seen at 4816 Covered Bridge Road in Trinity in the area of Parinna Drive.He is described at standing 5′ 4″ tall and weighing about 130 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes.

Source: Teenager with autism reported missing in Randolph County | myfox8.com


FOUND | Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies find missing autistic 3-year-old – WKRG News 5

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office found a missing autistic boy who was lost in the woods Sunday.

Source: Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies find missing autistic 3-year-old – WKRG News 5