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Autistic experts will be tagging our posts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social media with the #AutismExperts tag.
#AutismExperts goes far beyond the idea of "reclaiming" expertise, although that is sorely needed. What we are doing is re-directing expertise about autism-related things to the people who actually know.
Many people have theories about autism. Some of them are interesting;some of them are laughable; some of them are dangerous or potentially dangerous for us. Some non-autistic "autism experts" showcase their pet theories, including "theory of mind," "lack of empathy,"an almost pathological focus on eye contact, and other questionable ideas.
For non-Autistics: We at #Autism Experts would like to go beyond merely pointing a well-directed finger at some of these theories and the "experts" behind them; we'd like to engage in serious dialogue with some of the people and organizations involved. All too often, though, our outreach attempts are ignored or dismissed as the product of "our disorder."
If you are a non-autistic researcher or parent reading this, consider dialoging with the real Autism Experts in your life, online, and in the growing body of research and other writings by Autistic adults, teens, and children.
It's not all about "sharing our success stories" with you. We will be talking about issues of importance to us, first and foremost. Please realize that topics of importance to Autistic adults are more than likely to be topics of interest and importance, in some way, to the Autistic person in your life, whether or not that person is a child, does not speak, or has disabilities that you assume (often in error) that we who are writing these articles do not have.
Posts will feature topics that are of interest and importance to Autistics at every stage of life.