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Editorial #338: Easter Meme In the Autism Community

Autism Politico found this meme circulating in one of the Facebook autism groups today.  We find this kind of meme reprehensible.  It’s also insulting to the Christian religion.

But it does show the lack of “acceptance” that some autistics have for NTs, religious people, and people who pay for their benefits.

Thank you for increasing everyone’s AWARENESS of the autism community’s rudeness and crudity… -NOT!

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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April 1, 2018 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #337: Criteria for Admission to AS Groups

With so many militant autistics disrupting Facebook groups these days, Autism Politico thought it would share the criteria that more and more Facebook group admins seem to be using to weed out disruptive autistics.  The criteria here is by no means all-inclusive.

Criteria for rejection:

1) The applicant does not answer the questions required for admission.
2) The applicant belongs to militant groups and pages.
3) The applicant belongs to militant autism organizations.
4) The applicant has Facebook friends who are known to be militant.
5) The applicant demonstrates a hatred of schools, ethical parental practices, law enforcement, and medical treatments (including necessary institutionalization).
6) The applicant blames society or parents or teachers or law enforcement or medical professionals for their lack of motivation, success in life.
7) The applicant supports marijuana for the purpose of “treating” autism despite studies which show that marijuana has no benefits to people on the spectrum.
8) The applicant has an addiction to sex, drugs, gambling or gaming.
9) The applicant cries discrimination when their behavior is at fault for preventing them from gaining employment.
10) The applicant is a bully who claims that everyone else is bullying him or her.
11) The applicant has been known to troll and bully autism professionals on the net.
12) The applicant has been known to cyberstalk and cybermob and engage in similar activities.
13) The applicant is self-diagnosed.
14) The applicant attributes quirky behavior, sexual preference, gender preference, illegal activities, bad behaviors, etc. to their being autistic.
15) The applicant does not apply to the group using their real name.

Additional Red Flags:

1) An “Au” after the applicant’s name.

More will be added to this list in the future.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

 

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #336: Autismsplaining

The autistics at Autism Politico want to provide reassurance to the general public that the crap the autistic self-advocates are filling your head up with is autismsplaining.

1) In past generations, when a parent told their autistic kids to sit down and shut up, they did.  If an autistic person starts prattling on about meltdowns and sensory overload, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations of autistics learned how to deal with sensory overload because they had no choice.

2) In past generations, if an autistic person encountered a police officer, there was less likely to be problems because autistics were trained by their parents about what to do if they encounter a police officer.  If an autistic person starts spouting off nonsense about executive functioning, and processing problems, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations of autistics learned how to deal with police officers properly because they had no choice.

3) In past generations, autistics had no problem doing what they were told in school. If an autistic person starts B.S-ing about needing to take time-outs because they can’t handle too much input at once, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations of autistics learned how to behave properly in school because they had no choice.

4) In past generations, autistics got jobs. If an autistic person starts complaining that work is too hard for them because they cannot understand simple instructions, they’re autismsplaining Past generations of autistics held jobs because they had no choice but to do so.

5) In past generations, autistics didn’t tell employers that they needed accommodations because everyone with any diagnosis was ashamed to have it, and hid it as best they could. If an autistic person starts whining about needing accommodations at work, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations of autistics learned how to hold a job without demanding perky extras from their employers because they had no choice.

6) In past generations, autistics didn’t link all their quirks or faults to autism and say it was all related. If an autistic person starts bitching that you cannot accept them because they are an asexual genderqueer, brony, who hops on one foot on Thursdays and who has an aversion to tacos on Fridays, and all of those attributes are related to autism so you’re discriminating against people with disabilities, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations of autistics did not link everything in the world to their autism because they knew the world wasn’t stupid enough to believe them if they did.

7) If an autistic person tries to explain autistic psychology to you, and it doesn’t sound like what the autism specialists say, they’re autismsplaining.  Past generations couldn’t make up crap and post it on the internet and make it look like roses.  All there was were books, with real research in them, so autistics could not autismsplain as they do today.

8) Need we go on?

Autism Politico says: Remember who has the autism diagnosis and who does not.  If the one you care for is dependent on you or the government for their food, lodging, and education, then you need to ask yourself if they really ought to be telling YOU what’s best for them. If these autistics are so knowledgeable, then why don’t they get jobs?  Why don’t they get through life without depending on accommodations and government benefits?

People, stop being led around by the nose.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

 

October 27, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Schools, Autism Community & Its Politics, Autistics In Stores and Restaurants | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #335: Autism and Self-Diagnosis

Autism Politico’s opinion is that if you are self-diagnosed, you are not diagnosed.

Our opinion is that what you are doing by diagnosing yourself is playing a game of make-believe, where the diagnosis you really have, or the one that you don’t have, is being ignored so that you can become part of the “little professor” clique.

Whether you are or are not diagnosed, or are a parent or caregiver, the information, opinions, and advice you are getting from self-diagnosed people may be worthless because they may not have autism at all.

We believe the only sources for autism that are reliable are researchers and autism specialists.  Don’t buy into the opinions of self-diagnosed people, and take he opinions of diagnosed people with a grain of salt, because they may be lying about their diagnosis.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

October 5, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #334: Autistic Privilege Has Finally Arrived!

One’s autism isn’t something that’s earned. It’s received at birth and is a form of privilege.  We suspect the Daily Iowan would agree. Recently, an article was posted there about “cognitive privilege”, which, as we understand it, is the idea that people are born with their intelligence, and if they are smart, then they are born privileged over others with lesser intelligence.

Autism Politico has noted that coincident with the rise and spread of militant autistic self-advocacy organizations comes an increasing public acceptance and accommodation which comes to people on the autism spectrum -oftentimes without asking- simply because a person publicly identifies themselves as autistic.  Even self-diagnosed autistics, who have true diagnoses of bipolar disorder, or psychosis, or Operational Defiant Disorder, or schizophrenia, have benefited from pretending to be autistic or outright faking autism.

This privilege came initially as a label, and was of benefit to only one segment of the autism spectrum: Asperger Syndrome.  Otherwise known as “the Little Professor Syndrome” that term has now gone by the wayside as people on the spectrum collectivized and appear to have moved the goal posts.

Now it seems like everyone gets benefits from the cradle to the grave.  If you’re on the spectrum, you can get occupational therapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, IEPs, SSDI, subsidized housing, vocational training, accommodations in the workplace, handicapped parking stickers, and all kinds of other things that are too many to name here.

Thanks to the militant self-advocacy organizations, we autistics can now go into a restaurant, store, place of worship, or anywhere else, throw a tantrum, call it a meltdown, and ruin everything for everyone else, with the result being that if there are any people who object to these kinds of behaviors, they will be thumped and disgraced by their fellow non-autistics.

At home, we can hit our parents with immunity. We can punch holes in walls, wreck possessions, and determine what the family does or does not eat for dinner… because we have autism.

At school, we can throw chairs in the classroom, bully classmates and claim to be the victims when they respond, punch teachers and administrative staff, and sue the school systems for maltreatment when they respond to our provocations… because we have autism.

We now have militant autism organizations training the police to let us off the hook when we become willfully disruptive, and when we commit crimes by choice, and the court system is similarly puppeteered.

While such behavior is wrong in Autism Politico‘s eyes, we have witnessed many on the spectrum… and many fakers… basking in this privilege and planning and plotting how they might get more privileges.  We suspect this may take the form of increased access to technology.  Even though we are perfectly capable of talking without it, some who are nonverbal “miraculously” become verbal when given an electronic toy to play with.  Of course the choice to speak was always there, but not taken.  We also know that if we make a big enough nuisance of ourselves, we can expect to be babysat by computer games and internet surfing.  And finally, we know that when the next new thing comes out, if we can conspire to make things especially difficult for our handlers, we can get those expensive gadgets for ourselves FREE!

We are informed that it is important for people without autism to understand that it is your duty to work your fingers to the bone on our behalf.  You were not born with autism, and therefore it is your lot to serve us and service us for your entire lives in whatever way we demand.  This means that if you are a parent, you will provide food, drink, shelter, clothing and medical care according to our specification for your entire lives, and you should increase your earning potential so that we may be well-provided for after you die.  If you live poorly, have a poor social life, or are scorned by your peers because of your duty to us, that is not our problem.  That is your privilege for not having autism.

If you belong to any other part of society, and witness a parent not providing for us, or else cursing us in public, or disciplining us, it is your duty to tell our parent that they are poor providers so that we can get more privileges for ourselves.

On the other hand, if you witness us throwing a tantrum or faking a meltdown, it is your duty to stay silent, as we are only clamoring for that which is rightfully ours.

To be succinct:  We are told that everything that is yours is rightfully ours, and we will take what we wish, when we wish, and will punish you for withholding that which we demand and deserve.

At least, this is what the militant autism organizations are telling us.  Another term for this concept is neurodiversity.

Personally, we at Autism Politico think the concept of autistic privilege is disgusting.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

August 2, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism & Religion, Autism & Schools, Autism Community & Its Politics, Autistics In Stores and Restaurants | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #333: Cut Medicaid Funding to Autistics NOW!

Autism Politico understands that most parents and caregivers of people on the spectrum, and most autistics are ignorant of the fact that some schools and some general practitioners intentionally misdiagnose autism.

As so many books and articles have shown, schools do it to obtain funding for children with lesser disabilities when no government funding is available for classroom materials and educational assistants to help those children.  And doctors will misdiagnose at the behest of parents to obtain services for their children, or so that schools accommodate their children, or simply because they are not qualified to diagnose autism spectrum disorder in children.

“Some parents and doctors faking autism diagnosis to get help for kids”

“New Book Uncovers Psychiatry’s Dirty Little Secrets”

We also know from books and articles that some adults diagnosis shop, flitting between psychologists and psychiatrists to find a preferred diagnosis of autism, rather than a less savory one they cannot accept.

Medicaid assessments and re-assessments can weed out false diagnoses.  When people with false diagnoses are caught, they can be booted out of the system, and the saved money can be used either for people with legitimate diagnoses who REALLY need services, or else funding for Medicaid can be cut, and taxpayer money can be used elsewhere… or taxes can actually be lowered.

“Peter Szatmari, another child psychiatrist who was part of the DSM IV effort, also believes Asperger’s has been stretched too far. “I remove the diagnosis about 50 percent of the time,” he says.

As autistics, the best thing we can do in the eyes of the general populace is to admit, like Peter Szatmari does, that 50% of people with Asperger Syndrome are probably misdiagnosed, and we can also admit that many with autism are also probably misdiagnosed.

And given that there is no cure for autism, and that there are very few therapies that actually work, we autistics can save taxpayers lots of money by simply making the effort to change our thinking and behavior so that we can better fit in with the world.  Many autistics have done so, but our Medicaid system -as well as other government benefits- tend to have the effect of making us lazy.  It’s fun to get “free money” and “free stuff” after all.

We also must acknowledge that transitioning from a life where people have waited on us hand and foot to a life where we do for ourselves is a scary proposition.

Fortunately, Medicaid cuts will force many “autistics” who ought not to be getting benefits to grow up and behave like decent human beings.  Autism Politico thinks this is a good thing.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism & Schools, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #332: Where Are The Payoffs For Accommodations Autistics Are Getting?

Autism Politico has learned of the existence of an “autism friendly hotel.”

Now, we can go two ways with this post:

1) How ridiculous!  Isn’t it enough that we have EAs in school,  Snoezelen Rooms, support dogs, support cats, lots of therapies (legitimate and quack)? Isn’t enough that we’re retraining cops, teachers, parents and even barbers to “accommodate” us in all the necessary ways?  Isn’t it enough that we have special hours for autistics at grocery stores, and we have special “autism friendly” screenings at movies?  Isn’t it enough that we have autism cruises, and calming rooms at theme parks like Dollywood? Isn’t it enough that we get disability benefits, food stamps, and public housing when we need it?

Maybe people haven’t noticed, but despite all of these and other accommodations, the meltdowns and tantrums haven’t stopped.  If anything, they’ve increased in frequency and ferocity.  Autistics continue to fail in school, and they seem to ratchet up the bad behaviors everywhere now that these accommodations -which are designed specifically to prevent these behaviors from occurring- have been broadly implemented.

Autism Politico thinks these accommodations need to be taken away, because once upon a time, there were none, and kids -no matter what their diagnoses- were expected to but their butts to live up to the expectations society had for them.  In this way, such children would not be a societal liability, but an asset.

Or, we could say…

2) It’s about time we had an autism friendly hotel!  We’re not satisfied with the tiny amount of ass-kissing we get from society, and believe we should be getting lots more accommodations and “free stuff.” We should have slaves, hookers, drugs, and really good digs.  In fact, we should be put up in mansions, which come with a conveyor belt of cash heading straight to our wallets, and we should get deliveries of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets to our house every fifteen minutes.  Moms and dads and teachers and cops and -everybody who isn’t autistic- should understand that this is what they owe us…. because GENE MUTATIONS.

Never mind that other -more disabled people- are getting fewer accommodations.  It’s not our fault that they aren’t as loud-mouthed and greedy as we are.  We deserve MORE!  And we’re not going to stop whining, bitching, and complaining and making everyone’s lives difficult until you give us your last penny and your last ounce of energy as you service our every need.

Now…

Which sounds better to your ears? #1 or #2?

If you’re an NT, YOU make the choice.

Because either way… you’re buying, and what you order is going to be the opposite of what you want delivered.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

 

April 10, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism Community & Its Politics, Autistics In Stores and Restaurants | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #331: World Autism Awareness Day

Today is the day we remember that there are people on the spectrum who deliberately and by choice make things difficult for their parents and claim that autism is an excuse for doing so.  We also remember that there are NTs which enable autistics to be problems for their families.

Read this article where it says:

“I’m ready to explode! My son is 7 and has aspergers [sic]. He absolutely stinks. His bedroom is a bomb site, he won’t clean it. I am not allowed to clean it, he opens the door and the whole house smells if he does. He doesn’t allow me to go in his room for his clothes. He won’t bring his clothes down without an argument. He refuses to take a shower, won’t brush his teeth. I can’t take it anymore. I went in his room this morning, found empty yogurt containers under his mattress. Clothes stuffed everywhere. I flung it all on the floor. If he wants to live like that, fair enough – but not here under my roof. I have had it.”

Autism Politico doesn’t see why this problem exists, but when you read the response to the comment, you understand.  Parents are basically supposed to find new, ingenious, and never before tried ways to solve a problem that takes less that thirty seconds for experienced parents to solve:  You either go in there and clean out the room and let the kid sob over what you’re doing, or you make the kid’s life so miserable via punishments that they will clean it themselves.

The situation in the article can be seen as a metaphor for what is wrong with a good portion of the autistic population.  The latest thing autistics are whining about it in the US are the government’s probably cuts to people with disabilities. Of course they disregard the fine print, which basically says that redundant agencies and services will be cut, and people judged to be gaming the system will be thrown off benefits.

This is a good thing.

We autistics here at Autism Politico believe that many of our fellow autistics are spoiled brats, and are taking advantage of people from the cradle to the grave. This is what we must take away from World Autism Awareness Day.

It’s time for that to end, and thank goodness Trump, his administration, and Republicans are working toward that goal.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

April 2, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #330: Ten Offensive Things Autistics Say To One Another

Autism Politico keeps seeing lists of “offensive” things NTs are not supposed to say to autistics, so we’re going to list ten “offensive” things autistics say to each other.  (Note: Read to the end and there will be a “bonus” saying.)

10.) “Nothing about us, without us.”  A familiar saying adopted and adapted from a Latin phrase often used by an autism self-advocacy organization.  If you don’t like this organization, you hate that your fellow autistics are using the motto.

9.) “Au” This isn’t something people say, but is a symbol people on the spectrum use to show solidarity.  Our experience has been that some of the biggest bullies in the community use this symbol after their names on social media sites, and will harass you if you do not use the symbol, or if you do not display the attributes consistent with their view of autism.

8.) “Puzzle Piece Logo.” Not a saying either, but relevant here because, while lots of people who claim to be on the spectrum get puzzle piece tattoos on their bodies, others on the spectrum despise the puzzle piece logo because “we are not an enigma.”

7.)  “If you’re high-functioning, you don’t understand what it is like to be low-functioning.”  Utter BS.  If you started out as low-functioning and worked your way up to being high-functioning, not only do you understand what it is like to be low-functioning, but how easy it is to work your way up to high-functioning.

6.)  “Self-diagnosed autistics are autistic too.”  This is usually said so that self-diagnosed autistics are not made to feel rejected, but really, most of us feel that autism is not a club, and we don’t like it when people lump themselves in with us because they think it’s “cool” to be autistic.  Especially when these people may have significant psychological problems and diagnoses that make us all look worse to NTs than we already may look to them.

5.)  “Don’t try so hard.  You make the rest of us look bad.”  This is usually spoken by people on the spectrum who don’t want to apply themselves in school, or get jobs, etc. Autistics with any degree of motivation hate this kind of comment.

4.) “There is nothing you can do to stop sensory overload in public places.”  Yes there is, and most of us know that when we have a “meltdown” in a public place, it’s usually a tantrum, and just a manipulative ploy to get the people who are with us to leave because we don’t want to be there.

3.) “You can’t fake a meltdown.”  Yes we can, and we do it all the time.

2.) “You don’t look autistic.”  Let’s face it.  Many people on the spectrum agree among themselves that there really is a “look” to autism (even though there isn’t.)  If you walk around with your shirt or blouse not tucked into your pants, and your hair is messy, and you grin sheepishly with your teeth protruding, in these autistics’ opinions, you’re probably autistic.

There are other qualifiers as well, and, coincidentally, they all seem to be ones that are mirror images of the accusing autistics.

Just remember, if you dress like a million bucks, there’s not a hair out of place on your head, and your smile is the furthest thing from a chimpanzee’s, you cannot be autistic according to these people.

1.) “Are you on the spectrum?”  Most often said in front of NTs by wanna-be or self-diagnosed autistics who want to torpedo the opinions of people who are really on the spectrum before NTs will seriously consider those opinions.

BONUS: “If you’ve seen one autistic, you’ve seen one autistic.” Wrong! Pretty much everyone on the spectrum agrees that we’re alike. In fact, we have so much in common that even self-diagnosed autistics and wanna-bees identify with us and want to be labeled as one of us.  We just trot out the phrase to NTs because we know that if they can’t categorize us or our symptoms and behaviors, we can keep them running in circles trying to guess how to make us behave/motivate us, etc., and we can take advantage of their gullibility in the meantime.

So there you have it!  Do any of you out there have any phrases or sayings or logos that autistics hate seeing other autistics use?  If so, post them in the comments section below!

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

March 31, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #329: Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Won’t Allow Contrary Thoughts About Trump

Autism Politico would like to inform those who have been banned from posting contrary thoughts to this post on The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism may freely post their thoughts here.

We have watched as people have taken some of Sparrow R. Jones points and addressed them -some with proof that some points were specious or factually incorrect, others with differing opinions and points of view- only to have those comments deleted by the admin.

All posts in support of the anti-Trump rambling diatribe appear to remain.

We are aware that censorship in regard to the praise of President Elect Donald Trump’s election is rampant in the autism community and we feel this is unjust.  We believe this kind of behavior is the same kind of thuggish behavior seen in any repressive community where the oppressors are trying to make it appear that there is only one view, and only one appropriate view to be held.

We further believe that it is ironic for The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism to compare Trump to Hitler, but -in the spirit of Hitler- ban contrary opinions under rules of posting that have been arbitrarily enforced in the past.  This leads us to believe that if there is a “regime” in evidence, it is located within a certain segment of the autism community which appears to be throwing a tantrum over the election results.  This same community seems to be trying to conjure up hysteria among its vulnerable constituency to support views which have been repeatedly and firmly trounced by fact.

And doesn’t such behavior add to the false perception that autistics are egocentric, selfish, manipulative, and refuse to entertain any other view but theirs?

From our observations, autistics are tired of this censorship, not only by individuals in the autism community, but also by certain radical autism self-advocacy networks which we will not name.  Our view is that the autistic anti-Trump camp represents a very small portion of the autism community, and it seems from what we are seeing that their main fear is that they will be required to do what past generations of autistics have done so well: Try to rise above their diagnoses and become successful individuals in all areas of life:  Home, school, work, parenting, marriage, politics, clergy, and whatever kind of profession or recreational activity they choose.

Our view is that such behavior among the radical element is what is the direct cause of the ill treatment directed towards the autistic community, and if you the reader have any conscience whatsoever, you will not give the radical element any credence or credibility lest they destroy your own with their outrageous rants.

Do not be dissuaded and discouraged by those “autistic self-advocates” who try to convince you that we are all put down by society, discriminated against, and doomed to fail.  It is only those few autistics that have given us bad names that create a stereotype that is often identified by society as being “autistic”, and the hostility with which some autistic self-advocates interact with some people perpetuate this stereotype.  We know that most autistics are the opposite.  We are strong, we are competent, we are hard workers, we are as good as anyone else in life, and we utterly reject people and groups from our own community which censor us and keep us down.

The autistic radicals have their own agenda.  The rest of us autistics do not allow ourselves to be a part of it.

Let it be stated for the record:  It appears to us that Donald J. Trump -who has a son that is speculated by the media to have autism- has demonstrated by his cabinet picks that diversity, and working to restore the rights of all Americans, are top priorities of his administration.

Now is the time for autistics to join this new idealism, and become self-supporting, self-sufficient, and self-empowering to the extent that they can.

Further…

We MUST stand united against repression and oppression by radical, hostile, prejudiced, bigoted, and self-serving segments of the autism community whose aim is to manipulate us all for their own personal agendas, if that is what they are doing.

Join us, in congratulating President Elect Trump on his cabinet picks, and his new job.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

However…

In the spirit of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism example of “fair commentary”, we will be deleting comments that are abusive to Trump, so that The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s founder and supporters may understand how it feels to be censored and marginalized as The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s founder appears to have done to Trump supporters.

November 23, 2016 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment