On Sunday, November 17, 2019, people around the world lit can­dles in honor and remem­brance of Max Benson. The local vigil was pow­erful, but world­wide, the hashtag #ShineOnMax became a uni­fying and pow­erful move­ment to bring the world together in

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Two autistic voices have risen to prominence in the mainstream media: Greta Thunberg, teen climate change activist, and Kodi Lee, the blind autistic musician and singer who recently won the popular show, America's Got Talent. Both of these autistic young people are amazing, but this article isn't about them or their achievements.  This article is about the reaction from the general public and my autistic perspective about those reactions. I want to talk about how social biases regarding autistic people are wrong and why.  There's a lot of disconnect between the language of the autistic community (autistic people), the autism community (family members of autistics and professionals who work with autistics), and the mainstream (people with no significant connection to autism).
Black woman in a wheelchair looking up a set of stairs in a house.

Creating an envi­ron­ment that is inclu­sive of all employees, for what­ever dif­fer­ences they have, pre­pares employees to be respectful, open, and even excited about inclu­sion.  Truly, being unapolo­get­i­cally accepting of dif­fer­ence is one of the most prof­itable, trans­for­ma­tive, and exciting

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Autistic people, adults and chil­dren, are infan­tilized, gaslighted, and manip­u­lated reg­u­larly by society– indi­vid­uals and insti­tu­tions.

gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of psy­cho­log­ical manip­u­la­tion that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a tar­geted indi­vidual or in mem­bers of a tar­geted group, making them

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