Autism Has A Race Problem

A Quick #AutisticPOC Primer

  1. We are underrepresented in the information about autistic people that drives policy and, hence quality of life.
  2. Within our own minority communities, awareness is anecdotally nearly non-existent and autism is still highly stigmatized. We report being exposed to violence and trauma in childhood perpetuated by our own family members working to “normalize” us as a means of keeping us safe and affording access to more of life.
  3. We are more likely to be seen as willful, difficult, and/or using illegal substances.
  4. We are more likely to be reported to authorities for “suspicious” behaviour.
  5. We are more likely to be incarcerated or killed.
  6. We are less likely to receive adequate care, support, or protection and suffer health disparities as a result.

But What’s It Really Like Tho’?

  • I was not quick enough to respond to racist statements made within the group;
  • I was not sincere enough in my response to racist statements made within the group;
  • I did not care enough about the racist statements made within the group;
  • I have shirked my responsibilities in making the group safe for people of colour;
  • Due to my many failings to adequately engage who author Shannon Sullivan calls Good White People, I clearly support white supremacy.

Surely, We Can Do Better?

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Diane J. Wright

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Spawner of big ideas at Autastic.com • #AutisticBIPoC community builder • Champion of late-identified autistic adults. @WeAreAutastic everywhere.

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