Hi everyone. NeuroRebel here, and this week I wanted to talk about a very disturbing tweet that I have seen on Twitter, and it was talking about how they claim that the neurodiversity movement is anti-NT parent of autistic kids.
This is really, really absolutely not true.
A lot of the work I do is because I see that there are parents out there looking for help, looking for answers, and looking for questions. When I do a video, I just kind of try to think “What would I have wanted the adults and teachers and parents around me to have known when I was growing up (undiagnosed)?”
Now that I’m able to share these things, that’s why I make my videos. I can’t speak for other people out there who make autism videos and love neurodiversity as much as I do, because it really has changed and saved my life in a lot of ways.
The problem that autistic people have with certain parents is the use of terms like “autism warrior” parent, because this is the idea is the person is going to battle with autism.
But that’s almost like saying they’re going to battle with gayness, or they’re going to battle with someone’s ethnicity, or they’re going to battle with something that is a part of that person that can’t be removed.
And then the other problem is being treated like you are sub-human or less than, or a burden. I realize, you know, things are hard; parenting any child is hard and parenting a child who doesn’t share your neurotype must be really, really confusing.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to parent a child who is really different from me, but that’s just a risk I think you take when you give birth, because all little children are individual little human beings.
And so, many of us autistic adults were just really heartbroken seeing some of the things these kids are going through, because we need the parents and the adults in our lives to be supportive of us, and help us learn and grow and become the best people you can be … or we can be, excuse me.
Let me know in the comments below if you are a non-autistic parent of an autistic child.
I’d love to hear what impact the neurodiversity movement has had on you, because the reason I keep doing this is because I get these notes from parents and people saying, “This stuff helps.” If not, I would just quit, because I wouldn’t know if it was doing any good for anyone.
But let me know, guys, and I will talk to you next week. Bye!