Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, our account Twitter.com/AgeofAutism has been opened up to a larger audience. As you can see by the Tweet above, I make a LOT of friends every day. LOL! We have less censorship. We see a lot more Tweets. The "autism" in our name directs Tweets our way via some magic algorithm. We've been questioning self-diagnosis and identity neurodiversity for more than a decade. But today, there is a new twist. Autism has been merged with trans issues. The puzzle piece is considered offensive, replaced with a rainbow infinity symbol. If you search "autism trans" on Twitter you come up with a whole lot of accounts and Tweets from folks who claim to be both. I'm not denying anyone's real experience and the problems they face. I have to ask though, how did a DSM IV and V diagnosis become an identity to covet?
Of course, by questioning the autransm, some will brand me a bigot, or anti-trans. I have a trans person in my life. I have known him for 8 years. He is important to my daughters' safety and success. I am fond of him, and grateful for him, as I am for everyone who blesses my girls with kindness and care. I only found out he is trans last year. It did not phase me a bit. I respect and admire him without question. When I first moved to Connecticut in 2006, I frequented a tiny natural food store. There was a sweet young man named Omar who used to help me. He was gentle, tall, lithe and I thought he was gay. He was always kind to my girls as we lumbered through the small aisles. He disappeared, then one day, there he was! Except he was dressed as a woman, with full makeup. What did I know? I said to him, "Omar! It's so nice to see you! I have missed you!" He quietly responded, "My name is Jasmine." And I said without skipping a beat, "Hi, Jasmine, I'm happy to meet you." She beamed as I pushed my cart away.
If someone is truly autistic and trans, mazel tov. I'm still going to ask WHY this sudden emergence. My daughters, maybe YOUR kids, have 10000000000000000000 needs, right? Funding is scarce. Good schools are crumbling. Adult services are non-existent. Support for those who can work and attend college is spotty. And let's face it, we parent caretakers are getting older and tired. Who benefits from FAUXtism?
Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future
Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future. The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.