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The Good Doctor Steps Forward. Now Let’s Take Another Step.

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Now, I’ve had time to process the fact that “The Good Doctor” has taken a step forward: in the hiring of an actually autistic actor. To be blunt, he played the patient of the day. It’s really good, guys. I am happy you’ve hired somebody who has true insight into autism. The reason is this: a lot of people outside the autism spectrum get major tenets of autism wrong. For example, we’re still fighting the “No Empathy” stereotype even today and probably tomorrow. But I digress. Bravo, Good Doctor. 

What I am now waiting for is a series recurring or regular autistic actor, a la “Speechless.” Speechless has the Good Doctor beat in the series regular Micah Fowler, who of course plays J.J. DiMeo. Sure, he has trouble delivering his lines, but the character has built-in supports and more than enough nonverbal expression to carry himself around the obstacles…

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Harry Potter Fans Are More Likely to Be Tolerant, Science Says | Time

By Lindsay Dodgson / Business Insider November 20, 2017

Harry Potter was a massive part of the childhoods of millions of people. Even if you’re not part of the cult following, it’s unlikely you’ve been able to avoid the franchise completely.

As it turns out, growing up with Harry Potter might have made you a better person. According to one study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, people who are emotionally attached to Harry Potter are less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups.

There are a lot of different groups in the books, and the over-arching theme is to be kind to others, regardless of how different they are. There’s also an emphasis on prejudice being associated with evil.

via Harry Potter Fans Are More Likely to Be Tolerant, Science Says | Time

Take a Pledge | Support Autistics Now #TheAutisticUnion

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Autism Acceptance must include Autistic culture, community and history. We embrace Autism as a neuro-social difference. We support Autistic  people and their opportunity to live a healthy, happy and productive life. This includes rigorous scientific approaches to co-occurring conditions.

We believe that Autistics have a right to life (now and in future generations), identity, community and culture, and participate as leaders of their own community business organization (non-profit), government and related support service organizations. Autistics need person-centered approach to support, services, and lifestyle, and protection measures from those who attack them.

Autistics need support and help now. Right now.

It’s going to take all of us — Autistic peers, loved ones and valued allies/organizations to create a positive change for Autistic people. Can you support that?

Below are the points of The International Autistic Union — this is what we support.

THE 10 POINTS OF Âû (The Autistic Union)

  1. I am Autistic. [or] I support those who are Autistic.
  2. I embrace my Autism as a very significant part of my identity.
  3. I embrace those who would sacrifice to protect all Autistic life.
  4. I embrace the belief that Autism does not need any “curing”.
  5. I embrace the self-advocacy goal of “Everything about us, with us”.
  6. I embrace the definition of Autism as a neuro-social difference.
  7. I embrace measures directed at protecting Autistics from attack.
  8. I embrace a person-centred approach to all Autism issues.
  9. I embrace rigorous scientific approaches to co-occurring conditions.
  10. I embrace Autistics leading their own welfare organisations.


Take the Pledge | Show Support Autistics Right Now

So take a pledge. Tell how you are strengthening the impact of the Autistic’s Civil Rights Movement. ❤

(Note: Pledges will be posted on the AmericanBadassActivists.org site . )



Petition: Protect Young Viewers from Suicide


Since March 2017, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has been trending among young audiences across the globe. In May, it was even renewed for a second season.

Physical and Mental health professionals and advocates worry that the show’s depiction of a

teen ending her life could have a contagion effect — meaning the show could result in more teens dying by suicide. This effect is exacerbated by the reckless decision to not add warnings or suicide prevention resources before or after each episode. And, in June, Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, a 23-year-old Peruvian man, imitated the main character’s suicide after watching 13 Reasons Why.

We know how important prevention resources can be to those in need, and we want to be sure that the impressionable audience watching 13 Reasons Whyknows where — and how — to find help. While Netflix prepares for season two of the show, we’re calling on Netflix to protect this young and potentially vulnerable audience by adding the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) to every new episode of the show.

We want to deliver 10,000 petition signatures to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ headquarters this month — so your voice is crucial at this time. Add your name now to help protect young viewers of this controversial show.



#AutisticSilencer | William Shatner

Eve’s personal note: I believe this is a good example of Autistic communications with uninformed Neurotypical advocates.

I’m told I speak plain and direct. I know often I present facts and it’s received by a neurotypical as an emotion. Yes, I have emotion, because the facts piss me off. No, my mind is not going to change because you “feel” a certain way about it. I’m going to show you more supporting facts to illustrate your emotions are rooted in a falsehood. 

There’s a disconnect with potential supporters because whatever that NT thing is we don’t get — that’s coming back at us. Our fight for civil rights isn’t getting translated well and NT will fight back on pure emos and never see the facts presented as valid.

This probably falls into the category : NTs hate to be known as wrong & ManCulture of Strongest is Right (even if Wrong). 

(Categories are derived from my lived experience self-identified categories to recognize social patterns, and hopefully respond with appropriate NT-accent. Also, categories organized visually – so I see an image of gorilla fists beating a chest when I recognize the pattern.) 


… On the April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, Shatner tweeted a meme promoting Autism Speaks’ Light it Up Blue campaign. Like a racist uncle at Thanksgiving, this campaign and group, despite their ignorance and hatefulness, are embraced by numerous well-meaning people.  …

I’ve written at length about the hate for autistic people inherent in Autism Speaks and their campaign, but here are the highlights: The organization and campaign both feature dehumanizing “cure” rhetoric that center not autistic people, but their parents. Autistic people are presented as burdensome and even malevolent. The Light it Up Blue campaign also uses blue to gender autism even as research shows this misconception leads to underdiagnosis in women and girls.

Which brings us back to William Shatner, who was very politely informed of these facts by some of his Twitter followers. Shatner took all of five minutes to reject journalist Emily Willingham out of hand, telling her the Forbes article she tweeted at him “negated any good point” with a reference to Autism Speaks founder Bob Wright’s friendship with Donald Trump, himself no stranger to eliminationist rhetoric about autistic people. When another user chided him for dismissing the people he claimed to support, Shatner scolded her for using profanity. When Autistic Self Advocacy Network founder Ari Ne’eman, one of President Obama’s appointees to the National Council on Disability, took Shatner to task for berating autistic people for trying to educate him, Shatner blocked him, and continued to defend himself by accusing Ne’eman of harassment and bullying.

How William Shatner Betrayed Autistic People’s Trust

A number of autistic people ran down these objections for Shatner, enjoining him to rethink his profile picture. He told them to go start their own charity before blocking them. When he was informed that autistic people had, in fact, started their own organizations, notably the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, he retorted that ASAN’s only agenda was attacking Autism Speaks, repeatedly accused ASAN founder Ari Ne’eman of misrepresenting him, and then blocked Ne’eman, too.

He also blocked noted allies David Perry and Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes, for trying to reason with him. That’s the point at which I realized we were where no man had gone before; abled people are usually much better about shutting up and listening to disability issues when their fellow “normals” get involved. But Shatner wasn’t hearing anything from anyone.

As I write this, he’s still blathering on and lashing out, essentially portraying himself as the victim because autistic people dared to demand a say in our own damned awareness.

Slate.com | William Shatner’s Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation Spread

You can learn a lot on the internet, and on Wednesday, a Twitter spat between a doctor and William Shatner—of Star Trek fame, with 2.5 million followers—taught us just how easily cranks and charlatans can manipulate the information out there. This isn’t a surprise, really—misinformation is everywhere, particularly online—but the exchange was such a perfect embodiment of the larger issues of the unavoidable desire to self-validate and the spread of quackery that it’s worth breaking down.

It’s a strange world, after all: Orac vs. The Shat and fake news over…Autism Speaks?

I like to call myself a “micro-celebrity” or a “nano-celebrity,” because I’ve attained a certain level of notoriety, but I don’t kid myself that it’s much of anything. At most a few thousand read this blog regularly, and several times that number read the not-so-super-secret other blog with which I’m involved. So when a real celebrity interacts with me on Twitter, I take notice. Unfortunately, this particular interaction was a perfect example of why you should never meet your childhood heroes. You’ll almost always be disappointed. In this case, the disappointment went far beyond the usual.

I’m referring, of course, to a run-in I had with William Shatner last night.