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Entering my first Autism Bewareness Month knowing I am autistic is unlocking uneasy, nervous and traumatic feelings. And I’m certainly not alone — the autistic community at large is bracing for another year of ableism, infantilization , pathologizing, and invalidation.

Something is deeply broken when autistic people dread the very month meant to serve us.

80% of autistic people are unemployed and being in the extremely privileged position I am as an autistic person, I’m sharing what I want my network to know about autism, why we need acceptance not awareness, and why disability and neurodiversity advocacy needs to be…

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