Saturday, March 2, 2013

Autistic People Are Loved

This blog is part of a FlashBlog is in response to the fact that the first four auto-fill responses to "Autistic people are..." in Google are/were quite painful to see, though not as breathtakingly horrific as those to "Autistic people should." 

Because of last week's FlashBlog event, Google is running systems to make that kind of hatred invisible.  This is going to take a while to go into effect, but soon, we won't be able to see the hurtful search terms when we Google what we are and should be.  I have two things to say about this before I commence talking about what I was going to talk about, which is that Autistic people are loved.

First of all, delegitimizing the hate speech and working to lower some of its replication is a wonderful action on the part of Google, because it is a lot of work, and also, Google has nothing to do with the origination of the hatred.  The people who searched these things typed that stuff in through no fault of Google's.

Second, the hatred is absolutely not universal.  Though I have met my share of cruel people and had my share of hard times, I meet a lot of parents and others through my profession and on this blog and other social media, and they are loving and kind.  I meet a lot of other Autistics as well, loving Autistics, and kind.  While I'm on the topic of loving and kind, my family and friends are nonpareil.

Let me tell you the truth.  Autistic people are loved.  Autistic people are loving.  We love each other, and we love other people, and other people love us.  We are people: lovable, loved, loving people.  Autistic people are loved.

Of course, not everyone is loving.  We mourned the loss of our fallen yesterday, and keenly felt this vacuum.

But many, many people are loving.  There must be more people who are loving than who are hating.  Let the love outshine the hate.

Autistic people love.

Autistic people are loved.


  1. We'll keep marching on until the love does outshine the hate. Yes.

  2. Love this post... and the ones before, too. I just discovered your blog this morning and have been reading through... I really appreciate your honesty and willingness to share things that other people tend to think but not say. Looking forward to future posts & keep up the great work, Ibby!