Sometime during the month of April, you will find an opportunity to stand up to bullies. If you use social media, you will probably find lots of opportunities.
If you are not autistic, the next time you see an autistic person being told they are too high-functioning, don’t understand real autism, are being divisive, lacking empathy, blowing things out of proportion, Not LikeMy Child, being giraffe-lamped or walk-in-my-shoesed—say something. Don’t grab the popcorn and watch, collect your people and call out the bully. If you are not autistic, there are people who will listen to you who will not listen to us. Do this and then comment here to tell me you did it and where (Facebook, Twitter, a blog, Tumblr, the physical world, whatever.)
Some of you do this all the time. Some of the people I consider true allies are named Ben, Liz, Martha, Steve and Sharon. There are plenty of others, but these are a few of the non-autistic people who have often shared my posts and added their own voices to the mix. Thank you.
If you are autistic, use the comments here to talk about standing up to bullies. How often do you do it? What does it cost you to do it or not to do it? Who are your allies? Who can you count on to stand with you?
This is the third of 20 challenges this month. The person who completes the most will win a "Squawkers McCaw."