Part 43: A Vision of Pride

Hello, and welcome back to The Autistic Writer. How are you all doing? I want to do something a little bit different with the blog this week. Autistic Pride Day has been and gone, and I was looking forward to seeing a lot of pride-related activity on social media. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ll know I really value the interaction I have with other autistic people on social media. I just don’t know enough autistic people in real life! So I was excited about the first autistic pride day since I started the blog. As expected, I found a lot of supportive messages out there in the #ActuallyAutistic community. Unfortunately, I also found some disturbing stuff. Trolling from some of the nasties out there was always inevitable, or course. But what frustrated me was some of the infighting in the autistic community. I can’t get on with autistic snobbery; the, My autism is better / worse / more severe than yours stuff. This doesn’t help us. One of the reasons autistic pride is so important is that it drives autism acceptance. I briefly considered screenshotting the best and worst of Autistic Pride Day on Twitter, but then I had a better idea. I had a good long look at a lot of the content; the good stuff, the supportive stuff, the trolling, and the infighting, and produced a series of memes that capture the various thoughts, messages and moods. So, here for your pleasure are thirty-two memes inspired by Autistic Pride Day. Enjoy.




Thanks for stopping by. Take care of yourselves, stay proud, and I’ll see you here next week.

Darren

Why Do I Write This Blog?

When I first found out I was autistic, I was a middle-aged adult and I knew nothing about autism.  I quickly learned that there was a serious shortage of information and resources for adults in my situation.  With this blog, I aim to inform about autism and autism-related issues as I learn, hopefully helping people who are on a similar journey of discovery.  Like anyone who writes a blog, I want to reach as many readers as possible; if you like what I’m doing, please share it with your friends and followers.  I will never hide this blog behind a paywall, but running the website does incur costs. If you would like to support, feel free to make a small contribution at BuyMeACoffee.Com.

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4 thoughts on “Part 43: A Vision of Pride

    1. Hi Barbara. I hope it all goes well for you. Please let me know how it pans out. Finding out I am autistic has been hugely positive for me. Could I ask you to do a bit of google, and look into the difference between saying you “have autism” and saying you “are autistic”. It’s a gateway into understanding many autism issues, and being part of the autistic community. Good luck.

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      1. Thank you for taking an interest! Yes, I will reach towards that better language. Words are the containers of our minds. Important. I feel scared to find out. There is that small place that knows that if all of this stuff does not mean I am autistic then the risk is that I am a moral failure. I’m glad to be an adult and in charge of how I think about outcomes, still, there’s a small broken place inside that feels the tension.

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