As many of you know, I am a published author, and although I’m not primarily a children’s author, I do write children’s books and Missy Barrett is the main character of those children’s books. She’s wildly popular with children as well as with adults, and so much so that she has her own blog as well as her own Facebook Fan Page.
For the past week, it’s been World Autism Awareness Week, yesterday marked the beginning of World Autism Awareness Month, and today is World Autism Awareness Day. In other words, autism spectrum disorder is getting a lot of attention these days, and that helps to promote acceptance as well as awareness.
However, there are some people in the neurodiversity movement who present themselves to be autism advocates who feel that it’s their right to bully others in the name of autism advocacy. While it’s their prerogative to promote whatever organization they wish to promote as long as it’s legal, they don’t have the right to harass, harangue, bully, and otherwise intimidate others who do not support the organization they support.
Last December, I published the first Missy Barrett chapter book, “Roar Like A Lion.” It’s a book for middle readers aged 8 to 12 years.
Being a kid is a lot of fun with mysteries and adventures everywhere. When three girls in Missy Barrett’s class decide to bully Missy, she doesn’t let them get away with it. She decides the best way to deal with bullies is to have a plan so she turns to her older cousin Alana for advice. Will the girls find a good solution to Missy’s problem?
This book deals with the issue of bullying and autism, and has a number of Chicago references including the Lincoln Park Zoo and Vienna beef Chicago style hotdogs.
Beginning on Tuesday on my Twitter feed, some neurodiversity autism self-advocacy activists hijacked my tweets promoting this excellent story that fits well with World Autism Awareness. These autism self-advocacy activities tried to make my newsfeed all about how their organization is the best, how another organization is the worst, and how I obviously hate autistics because I refuse to get pulled into the controversy therein.
It was suggested that if any revenues generated from the sale of “Roar Like A Lion” goes to the demonized organization, that was supposedly further proof that I hate autistics.
The thing I like about Twitter is that it has a block function, and so I occasionally am placed in the position where I have to make use of that block function. I usually reserve the block function for spammers, but every once in a while, there’s need to use it on the odd one or two abusive bullies that crop up from time to time. However, it would seem that blocking some neurodiversity autism self-advocacy people on Twitter only means that they will stalk you on other social media and continue the harassment and intimidation. And if you dare tell them to stop what they’re doing, they will then falsely allege that you are being “mean to an autistic.”
No, I’m not being mean to an autistic when I refuse to be bullied and intimidated and threatened by someone who trolls and stalks me online whether it’s via my website, my blog sites, my social media, or people who are part of my online circle of influence. I’m standing up for myself and refusing to be abused by someone who is being abusive towards me.
I don’t care if you’re a 19-year-old Aspie in North Carolina or a 40-something Aspie living in British Columbia or any other kind of Aspie living anywhere else in the world: Bullying and intimidating anyone for the sole purpose of forcing that person to either be vocally supportive of your agenda or else to stop talking about autism altogether, is unacceptable.
And if you, as an Aspie, are accepting services from organizations that work cooperatively and collaboratively with the autism organization you are demonizing, I feel you are a hypocrite as well as a bully.
Whether an individual #WalksInRed or decides to #LIUB is that person’s right.
When a children’s book — one that promotes neither #WalksInRed nor #LIUB — that takes on the issues of bullying and autism is targeted for attacks by neurodiversity autism self-advocates, it’s time to wonder what their real agenda is. Is it about promoting acceptance, or is it about creating an online community where people are afraid to say anything about autism unless it’s rubber stamp approved by certain neurodiversity autism self-advocates and the groups to which they belong?
In behaving the way they have, these neurodiversity autism self-advocates have done a lot for autism awareness, but very little of it has been positive. What’s more, they have set back any momentum that they hoped to create with regards to autism acceptance. After all, no one should be forced to accept a group of people who seem to enjoy demonizing certain people and organizations.
The odd thing about all this is that the neurodiversity autism self-advocates who are busy demonizing certain organizations and innocent people are the same neurodiversity autism self-advocates who are willing to accept hand-outs, treatments, programs, and services from other organizations and groups that work cooperatively and collaboratively with the demonized organizations. Isn’t that hypocritical of said neurodiversity autism self-advocates?
After all, if they are so against those they demonize, they should be unwilling to accept anything that may be “tainted” by them as well, don’t you think?
The situation I’ve been subjected to this week certainly underscores the theme of “Roar Like A Lion.” Unfortunately, what these neurodiversity autism self-advocates have done is give reasons to bullies like the three in the Missy Barrett chapter book to walk away from autism acceptance and awareness, and to continue bullying those on the spectrum. In the end, isn’t that a very sad statement for neurodiversity autism self-advocates to make to the world, especially during World Autism Awareness Month?
You can order “Roar Like A Lion” in digital eBook and paperback format from the following Amazon stores: