keeping in mind that it’s midnight and i’m not operating at full mental capacity here, so this is not very intelligently composed. everything that follows was written or otherwise created by autistic people.

excuses to be a jerk by amanda baggs: this is her post that contains the most factual information about autism, but i think her entire blog should be required reading for humanity. she’s also on tumblr at youneedacat.

disabled, not different and the obsessive joy of autism and on being articulate by julia bascom

social skills don’t exist by amanda vivian; the same author on uneven skills

first-class autistic, second-class citizen and that’s just your autism talking by melanie yergeau

why you shouldn’t support autism speaks masterpost in case you need to yell at anyone

the loud hands project because beautiful video that everyone should watch

disclaimer: this is just shit that resonated with me and/or that i found helpful. i don’t know what your specific experience has been. also you might experience a lot of fridge horror about your entire life but i hope not because that part sucks. i can direct you toward some angry songs i use to cope with this if you’d like.

Reblogging because it is very common for Autistic Problems to receive messages from people who are unsure of their autistic status asking for resources.

(Source: formerlyandromedalogic)

"Females with ASDs often develop ‘coping mechanisms’ that can cover up the intrinsic difficulties they experience. They may mimic their peers, watch from the sidelines, use their intellect to figure out the best ways to remain undetected, and they will study, practice, and learn appropriate approaches to social situations. Sounds easy enough, but in fact these strategies take a lot of work and can more often than not lead to exhaustion, withdrawal, anxiety, selective mutism, and depression."

— Dr. Shana Nichols

"Girls are generally recognized as superior mimics…. Those with [Asperger’s Syndrome] hold back and observe until they learn the ‘rules’, then imitate their way through social situations."

— Tony Attwood