So, I started playing “To The Moon”.
I’m about halfway in the game, and so far, its portrayal of autism is actually quite good. (I especially loved this quote from Isabelle; “I really hate when you neurotypicals assume you know what’s best for others”. Because… yeah, Izzy, I hate that too. xD Isabelle also had an entire speech that deconstructed the concept of “high-functioning” versus “low-functioning” autists. Basically, Isabelle is awesome, and so’s River~)
I did hate that the game namedropped Tony Attwood, though? It really left me wondering if the developers had researched Attwood AT ALL, seeing as he’s the guy who supported the concept of “Cassandra Syndrome”, which seems to go against the message of the game. >_< Then again, the character who mentioned Attwood was a presumably-NT doctor, so maybe it was just the character, not the developers endorsing him? idk. Either way, aside from that, I am so far loving this game. 8D (also, if you’re gonna play it, prepare to be attacked by FEEEEEEELS. Srsly.)
I think I just saw a blog post comparing Elphaba Thropp to Jenny McCarthy.
Aw, shit, I am so done with neurotypicals today. X_X
I just found out that my awesome Special Ed. teacher from when I was a kid has a new job now.
As a goddamn ABA therapist.
And now I’m searching my brain for memories of her ever being shitty/curebie-esque to me.
But I can’t recall any. ._. I only remember her being really nice, and incredibly good at helping me get through the school day when I was in 1st and 2nd grade. My depression actually started right after she was reassigned to another kid, and I was left to the mercy of my classmates.
Like, when she was there, I could read in peace, and I was only expected to talk to her - and I didn’t mind that at all. But when she left, I had to deal with my classmates harassing me, and then I suddenly realized that most of them hated me. :/ And, being already kind of messed-up, that really affected me, and I just broke down.
I wonder what suddenly made her change her view of autistics like this. Back then, I didn’t even realize she was a Special Ed. teacher, though. I thought she was just… a teacher that had been assigned to me, for some reason. But now my good memories of her are kind of ruined. ._.
An autistic Daria rant.
I am getting really fucking tired of people (even self-proclaimed “Daria” fans) calling Daria “arrogant” or “self-righteous”. I’ve even seen people (including The Nostalgia Chick, whom I otherwise like a lot) claiming Daria as an example of “teen angst”. No. Just… no.
Daria was not arrogant. Daria was not self-righteous. Daria sure as fuck wasn’t angsty. Daria was an introverted, most likely autistic girl who had trouble understanding neurotypical society, neurotypical social cues. All of the instances where she comes off as arrogant or self-righteous (like the episode “Monster”, or the whole Jane/Tom arc) were instances of Daria not getting neurotypical social cues. She did not get that Quinn was hurt by the video Daria made before it was explained explicitly to Daria. And there is no shame in that. There is absolutely no shame in needing social situations/cues clarified. And I am sick and tired of fucking allistics saying there is.
That’s not to say that Daria doesn’t have flaws. See: the Jane/Tom arc. Daria had never had a friend before Jane, and she grew to be practically dependent on her. I do not condone her possessive behavior, but I understand it. Jane was also quite obviously allistic, and from that arc, I got the impression that while she liked Daria, she definitely did not understand her. I don’t really blame Jane for that, but I just found the whole situation really sad. From experience, it seems to be a problem that frequently happens in friendships between allistics and autistics.
And people who idolize/glorify Quinn and her behavior… ugh, I really can’t. Those people have no fucking idea how it feels to have a family member be ashamed of you. Quinn was ashamed of Daria’s autistic behavior, which was made incredibly clear during the show, and I cannot believe that certain people still like Quinn.
Allistics see Daria as a show about a neurotypical nerd simply choosing to be an introvert. I, as an autistic girl, see Daria as a show about an autistic girl fighting for her right to, you know, be autistic.
okay I`m sorry if this is a stupid question but I´ve really got no idea, can you have both autism and ADD?
Yup! I’m diagnosed with both, in fact xD
They’re pretty much the autism version of the ex-gay movement.
-Me (Adelene) on Autism Speaks. I was thinking about very quick ways to explain the problem with them today after discovering that there’s a walk in my town next weekend, and then that very issue came up with the cashier at the grocery store. Seemed to work, too. (via adelenedawner)
Pretty accurate, yo.
So, yesterday, I met one of my favourite Danish writers and autistic self-advocates. 8D
She was so awesome. <3 Funny, insightful and shamelessly anti-ableism. She refers to neurotypicals as Muggles, which I obviously love. XD Her daughter happens to be my classmate this year, so that’s how I met her ^-^