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For Autistic Tweeters

I wasn't aware the hashtag #AutisticElders existed until this morning along with the #AskingAutistics and of course identifying yourself as #ActuallyAutistic. This article is from

#AutisticElders Advice Line

"So what’s this hashtag all about? Because autism wasn’t included in the DSM until 1980 and Asperger’s Syndrome not until 1994, widespread screening wasn’t available for children born earlier. That means that the roughly 1.2 million autistic girls, boys, and non-binary children born per generation worldwide1were left with little information about who they were, few peers, and not a whole lot of public support. So, out of necessity, they (we!) found our own way. For better or worse, we made it up as we went along. We cobbled together sensory mitigation techniques, masking skills in order to get by, and created safe havens where we could de-stress and be ourselves. Many times, we had no idea why we weren’t like most everyone around us. Let’s never forget those who did not survive and those of us now, who continue to struggle. Suicide in the autistic community is real, it’s serious, and it’s often overlooked. If you’re having suicidal thoughts and/or feelings, treat it as an emergency. Reach out to someone you trust (or anyone you can connect with, IRL, online, wherever) immediately. You’re important and the world needs you. Our solutions are as varied as we are people yet those coping strategies allowed us to make it through the turbulence of youth and young adulthood, often suffering greatly for the privilege. We’ve learned a ton about ourselves in the recent era of greater #AutismAwareness and #AutismAcceptance. Now we want to pass along the wisdom we’ve earned. What does all this mean for you? If you’re struggling with adulting, are newly diagnosed, and/or are one of thousands of adults discovering that you’ve been autistic this 👏🏽 whole 👏🏽 time 👏🏽, you probably have questions. A. LOT. OF. QUESTIONS.😮 Searching for information out in the wild will often turn up an abundance of resources…but most are geared towards children and parenting. Welp, adults are autistic too so the #AutisticElders hashtag was born. How to use the hashtag

  1. Tweet any question you have about anything at all related to your neurodiverse life. Include the #AutisticElders hashtag.

  2. Volunteer mentors — all of whom are over 40 — will Tweet to your aid.

That’s it! Mentors will do their very best to give you their personal perspective based on real experience, point you to resources that may help, or just be there to listen. What’s better than that, right? Give it a try. No topic is taboo. No question is wrong. And it’s free! So what are you waiting for? Ask Your #AutisticElders It’s easy. Just Tweet your question, including the #AutisticElders hashtag. That’s it! No topic is taboo. No question unaskable. Tweet now! And, as always, for more general questions, #AskingAutistics is always there for you."

Full article here as well as information on how to become a mentor yourself.

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