I want to talk about autism and vaccines. I know it's all been said before, but I gotta say it, for me.

Vaccines are safe. They don't contain poisons, or Mercury. They don't give kids autism or mental retardation.

They give kids immunities to common, deadly diseases.
I'm a mom.

When preparing to have my kid there was a ton of reading to do. A ton of permissions to sign.

"Do you authorize us to give the baby a shot of potassium. Possible side effects include..."
I used the potassium example first because mate has a rare genetic thing that means potassium gives him migraines and possible seizures.

We discussed this with the hospital at length, the benefits vs potential risks to the baby.

We made the hospital explain what actions >
>they would take to save the baby if the potassium caused bad effect, EVEN THOUGH the trait is rare, and recessive.

In the end, I left the decision to mate. He decided that the benefits outweighed the risk, and monitored the baby with the nurses after.

It was safe.
"Do you authorize us to administer these eye drops to vaccinate against [I forget which disease]. Possible side effects include blindness."

I would prefer a blind baby over a dead one.

Etc etc.
So, imagine if every vaccine DID carry a risk of autism.

I say this as a mom, not as an #actuallyautistic, ok.

As a mom, if I had a choice to vaccinate my baby against, say, whooping cough, which can be deadly for small children

But, the vaccine might give them autism

I would
If the vaccine for scarlet fever (deadly for babies and small kids) had autism as a possible side effect, I'd take it.
If meningitis or measles (potentially deadly for babies, kids and adults) vaccine GUARANTEED autism





An alive kid is better than a dead kid.
Now, speaking not as a mom, but as an #ActuallyAutistic person, I say even more strongly that I would take it.

Because my experience of autism (even with all the miserable stuff) has shown me that it isn't an insurmountable thing.
I had zero supports as a kid.

I'm face-blind.

I have dyspraxia, and hypermobility.

I struggle with Executive Function, and am prone to meltdowns.

I have anxiety, and depression.

I dissociate often.

I'm hypersensitive on all senses, and have auditory processing disorder.
I have food sensitivities and intolerances.

I bruise easy and bleed profusely.

I have a weak immune system.

I've had absence seizures in the past.

I experience painful somatic empathy for plants and animals.













If you are thinking of becoming a parent, and would prefer a dead kid to an autistic one



I'm serious. If you cannot love an imperfect kid, you cannot be a parent. Period.

You can't even be a good dog or cat or parrot mom.

Buy a gold fish. A feeder fish, not even an actual gold fish.

You'll be a shitty fish mom too but at least it won't be sold as food.

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Mar 22, 2018
I'm tired as hell so I will probably fall asleep in the middle of this thread, but I wanted to talk a little about the Austin bomber.

Specifically, about his upbringing and how it compares to mine.
I'm going to TW for this thread because I may drive into

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And I don't know what all along those and related topics could be triggering for folks
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Multiple gun home
Politically right-wing
"Quiet" (antisocial)

He probably had issues with women, or domestic violence - but I doubt anything was reported.
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I want to talk about this.
Most of you have seen me tweet about guns.

Many even saw me tweet about some experiences I've had with guns, good and bad.

Some may even have watched my transformation from adamant gun toting 2A bitch to me now, calling for gun control.

This thread is about that.
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I want to talk a little bit about being #ActuallyAutistic #autistic in the wake of #MassShootings

This is going to be a long thread.
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- difficulty concentrating
- trouble organising thoughts
- forgetfulness
There have been more school shooting in my lifetime than years.

In 2017 there were so many mass shootings that I lost count.

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Some days I am "high functioning" - I can hold conversations, make eye-contact despite the pain, run errands etc.

Others I cannot feed myself, haven't basic hygiene, speak, or leave the house.
Functioning labels assume a static level of need which would make care inaccessible to me.

And, in fact, this has happened on multiple occasions.
This bill, declaring an epidemic, wouldn't make care more accessible.

It would add to the existing stigma against autism, and make my life not difficult and dangerous.
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I forget who drove me from school there, but I arrived early to the pizza place that they chose to do testing at.
Being early, I saw the last guy bring in a box. I spotted a teddy bear, a beach ball, and a wooden toy train with square wheels.

You know, like the one in the Rudolph movie.

No one told me what was up. But I WANTED that train.
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Dec 31, 2017
This reminded me of an awesome (long) story I wanna share.

I was part of a sociological experiment in the 90s as a small child - without my or my parents' permission.
The experiment was called "forced tracking" and if you Google it you won't find it anymore.

But it used to be featured in psychology textbooks.
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Method: divide a group in 3, and tell the teachers that 1/3 are "normal", 1/3 "genius" and 1/3 "borderline retarded"
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