8 Misconceptions About Autism Debunked – Christine Deneweth and Creigh Farinas
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Text: All autistic people are the same.
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Text: It is harmful to view a diverse group of people through one lens. This way of thinking erases all of the individuals with autism.
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Text: Autism is a spectrum. And people on it vary so much that until a couple years ago we were giving them different diagnoses.
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Text: Autistic people are violent.
Text: People may think this because of false media narrative. But is isn’t fair to assume a whole group of people are violent because of the way media portrays autism.
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Text: Actually, people on the spectrum are more likely to be victims.
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Text: Autistic people want to be cured.
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Text: There is no cure for autism. Autism organizations talk about a cure for autism as though it’s something all autistic people want.
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Text: Yes some people want a cure. But many people on the spectrum like being autistic, and find pushing for a cure offensive.
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Text: My child can’t be autistic, they love me.
Text: This is an offensive stereotype that needs to end. This is extremely harmful for children who are autistic because it can isolate and marginalize them.
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Text: That is an offensive stereotype that needs to end. People on the spectrum are some of the most loving and compassionate people out there, Don’t misunderstand how they show it!
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Text: High functioning and low functioning is a valid measurement.
Text: No! This suggests there’s only 2 sides to autism instead of a spectrum. And this dehumanizes autistic people.
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Text: Autism is a spectrum, everyone on it is an individual. Using high functioning and low functioning just marginalizes people.
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Text: By working on making autistic people act neurotypical, we’re helping them.
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Text: This view benefits neurotypicals but harms people on the spectrum. The idea that everyone should act “normal” is ridiculous and harmful.
Text: A lot of therapy focuses on eliminating hand flapping, forcing eye contact, and training an autistic person to be compliant. But this causes discomfort and censors a person’s identity.
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Text: All allies are good.
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Text: Educated allies are good! Do your research! Make sure you are making voices be heard, and not just your own.
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Text: Make sure to check with the autism community or person you’re supporting to make sure you’re helping not harming!
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Text: An autistic person’s life is a lessor life.
Text: The view point is dehumanizing and holds neurotypical privilege.
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Text: Absolutely not. While people on the spectrum might not be as privileged, it doesn’t mean their lives are any less than anyone else’s.
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Text: Get to know us and ask questions before you assume!