This meme is an example of Autistic co-opting, appropriation and erasure.
Basic available options:
- Autisic parent of Autistics.
- Neurotypical parent of Autistics.
I am an Autistic mom to 2 Autistic kiddos and 1 Neurotypical kiddo.
Terms like Autism family, autism parent, autism dad and autism mom — NO. That’s co-opting and erasure.
I find it really odd, and rather funny actually, if I ran out and bought t-shirts so we could support our one kiddo that say Neurotypical Family. Have all the other kiddos wear them and now . . . we’re neurotypical together?
Let’s ignore mom’s stimming and vastly different thought process — we’re all putting our brains into a conformity box and going NT on outings to show our support and inclusiveness.
And co-opt the NT experience as our own – polluting culture, community and freedom to discover personhood of our youngs with our Autistic perception…
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