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Amanda

Name: Amanda
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: cats, autistic liberation, books by autistic people, stimming, stars, being
Year of birth: 1980
Profession, area of study, etc: unemployed
Where you live in the world: California
Marital status, # of kids etc.: single, no children
Personal webpage url: http://amanda.autistics.org/
Comments:
I don't believe in curing autism. I believe autistic people were made this way for a reason, and I don't just mean some superficial talents some of us have. This doesn't mean I don't believe in helping people with aspects of autism (or of living with autism in this world, which are two different things), or that I believe in people remaining exactly the same all their lives. It doesn't mean I'm whatever your conception of an anti-cure autistic person is (whatever it is, I'm most likely not it by a longshot). I just believe that tampering with autism to try to turn us into either real or counterfeit neurotypicals, or even sometimes to some people's stereotype of a "very functional autistic" (not all autistic people were made to fit that stereotype), causes a fundamental harm to everyone involved. The photograph is me with my service cat outside our first apartment together.


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