once upon a time on twitter

this happened…

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caption: A photo of an Autism Speaks tweet that says “5 days left till Autism Speaks turns 10-years-old! Tell us how we’ve touched your life using #AutismSpeaks10”

and i (like the rest of the autistic community on twitter) couldn’t really help myself, you know?

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Autism Speaks has touched my life in a lot of ways, and virtually none of them have been consensual…”

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caption: Tweet from @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 I love how A$ tells people that my parents would be better off if I were dead. How heartwarming. #ActuallyAutistic.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Because ten years of shady funding allocation and conscious misrepresentation is something that deserves to be celebrated!”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10, famous for their unofficial slogan: ‘Shut up, you can talk!’ #ActuallyAutistic.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10: Where your needs and opinions can get discounted because ‘That’s just your autism speaking.’ #ActuallyAutistic”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Always making sure that research funding goes to help the only adults who really matter: Parents. #ActuallyAutistic”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Thanks for making sure that when I tell people I’m autistic, their first thought is ‘Oh, one more lost to the epidemic.’…”

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caption: Tweet from @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10…It makes me feel great because I love interacting with people who consider me hopeless and ‘infected.’ #ActuallyAutistic”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Anti-gay ‘therapy’ is finally being debunked, but ‘autism therapy’ based on the same studies is all insurance covers.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Thanks for making it easy to find therapists who talk to normal people about autistic people and hard to find one for me.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Thanks for changing the lives of so many normal people who now have steady jobs ‘helping’ autistics act less autistic…”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10…Which is super cool, since I’m #ActuallyAutistic and absent the work of ASAN, it’d be legal to pay me a sub-minimum wage.”

I KIND OF GOT ON A ROLL, OKAY.

EDIT: AND THEN I GOT ON ANOTHER ROLL?

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “Thanks, #AutismSpeaks10 for making it acceptable for parents to sympathize with people who murder their autistic children. #ActuallyAutistic”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “AUTISM SPEAKS TRYING TO DO A CUTE TWITTER THING AND THEN #ACTUALLYAUTISTIC PEOPLE FIND OUT: [Link to a Vine of Kevin Love spectacularly failing when trying to dunk during Friday night’s NBA game between the Cavs and the Wizards]”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “Thanks #AutismSpeaks10 for making sure that a word I use to describe myself ends up on lists with things like ‘pollution,’ and ‘bullying.'”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 has been proving for ten years that if you play on people’s ingrained prejudices and fears, you can make a fuckton of money.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Spends 10 years raising ‘awareness’ of autistic people existing, to make money because now ‘too many’ autistic people exist.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “The one thing #AutismSpeaks10 is better at than making people discount the voices of verbal #ActuallyAutistic people is…”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10…making people believe that being nonspeaking/nonverbal is basically the worst thing that could ever happen to a human.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 If you’re verbal and autistic you’re scary because you’re mean and arrogant and don’t count and are a bully.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 And if you’re nonverbal and autistic you’re scary because NOT TALKING = AN APOCALYPSE ABYSS so your parents speak for you!”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 And if you’re an #ActuallyAutistic person who is sometimes verbal and sometimes not, then WAIT WHAT THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE LIES.”

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caption: Tweet by @EmmaPretzel reads “#AutismSpeaks10 Thanks for making sure that only the most unrepresentative, whitewashed, gender-biased, schlock-filled research gets funded!”

OH HAI.

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12 thoughts on “once upon a time on twitter

  1. Have I mentioned that I love your snarkbrain? Because I do. I would volunteer to marry your snarkbrain and have its snarkbabies except I’m pretty snark reproduces asexually….

  2. Thank you for snarkily tweeting at them so I can instead spend my Sunday doing things that are good for my mental health. I am a self-advocate, but I don’t feel called to be an activist and engaging in activism makes me sad and angry, thus raising the risk of a meltdown.

    – a fellow autistic woman.

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