Sharing – Please, please read this : The Effects of Stigmatizing Language on Suicidal Autistics

I am SO sharing this post – please follow the link below and read every single word of it here: THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: The Effects of Stigmatizing Language on Suicidal Autistics

When it comes to online discussions about autism issues, I regularly interact with two realms.

The first realm is one we’re all familiar with: the day-to-day articles and conversations and debates that take place regarding a wide range of spectrum issues. Causation, research, personal stories, opinions … just the usual autism topics that you come across as you scroll around blogs, and Twitter, and Facebook.

The second realm consists of an invisible community. It’s made up of people who are absorbing every discussion, every debate, every article … yet they are not participating, not sharing their own ideas. They’re just there, quietly and attentively taking it all in.

This second group is made up of suicidal autistics.

This is not just an invisible community, it’s a large one. One recent study found that two thirds of spectrum-diagnosed adults surveyed had contemplated suicide; 35 percent had actually made plans or an attempt.

And given the huge number of autistics who go undiagnosed, due largely to gender and racial bias structured into the diagnostic process, the rates of suicidal thought and action may actually be much higher.

I get a lot of emails from this second group.

Please click this link and read the full post : THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: The Effects of Stigmatizing Language on Suicidal Autistics

Thank you.

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