I'm sure we've all read the arguments about the use of the word 'retard' as a derogatory term. I think it is really easy to use terms like that as a put down without really thinking about the implications. I'm going to assume that this 50 Cent person was having a thoughtless day and hope the reaction to his tweets has made him think twice about the terminology he uses.
My marvellous friend Marita who blogs at Stuff With Thing has started a flashblog event... What Autistic Looks Like. This post will be appearing over there as well. If you know what autistic looks like, I would love you to join in.
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What Autistic Looks Like...
|Autistic looks like exploring and having adventures, even when different places|
can feel daunting. Just like other people.
|Autistic looks like playing and having fun with your family,|
the same as other kids do.
|Autistic looks like trying new things, even when they seem scary or overwhelming.|
Just like everyone else.
|Autistic looks like sensory experiences that make you feel good,|
just like they make other people feel good too.
|Autistic looks like special friends, who may speak more than you|
and behave differently to you but who love you just the same.
|Autistic looks like loving, and being loved.|