Very sad. Austistic advocate banned for being too passionate (and hence allegedly using ‘offensive language’ which were merely expletives), but haters openly abusing autistic persons not banned. I used to like TPGA, for the same reasons as many autistic people. I have been saddened by the recent developments, and this final one just made my already heavy laden morning crash. Into the abyss. Disappointment indeed.
Okay, so, it’s with a heavy heart that I announce that no longer will I recommend the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism book or community as if they’re on my mental list of good parent resources. They’ve been demoted to “less bad.”
Because of their continued, and worsening, treatment of autistic adults on their community facebook page, which came to a head last night and the night before. For a long while now, autistic people have been held to a higher and higher standard than non-autistic parents in the comment threads of TGPA. It had gotten to the point that some autistic users complained of a seeming “parent’s code” that appeared to prevent real criticism by parents of other users who were parents.
This phenomenon was apparently out in spades Sunday night (I was not there and so cannot speak to it myself) and was definitely apparent last night…
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