Guidelines: Advocacy

This group focuses on advocacy, discrimination and inclusion. Guidelines for staying on topic:

1) The topic and/or context should be about autistic people. Discussions about advocating for other groups of people such as the LGBTQIA, minority races, nihilists, mentally ill, and elderly are irrelevant unless linked to autism. While the topic on inclusion should not be solely about autism, it should also not be solely about people who are not connected with autism.

2) The topic should be based on scenarios that can be encountered in the real world. Topics about imaginary scenarios and magical worlds are not relevant.

3) The topic should be related to autistics who are confirmed to be on the spectrum, or otherwise believe that they are on the spectrum. Discussing about people who have never mentioned about being on the spectrum, such as Bill Gates and Albert Einstein, are not relevant.

4) The topic should be related to stories of autistics who are alive, or at least have some connection to life in the modern era (i.e. within the lifetime of the group participants). Discussing about life in the 19th century or earlier will be irrelevant.

If you must really mention something irrelevant that is connected to a relevant topic currently under discussion, then remember to end it within three mentions.

 

Participants are welcome to share their experiences when it is relevant to do so. As there are many people who have shared about their autism experiences already, participants are advised to focus on depth, quality, and uniqueness. Share something that you don’t usually hear from other works on autism or something that gives a twist to the ordinary.

Do note the rules about keeping the group spam-free. If you must share a long essay or article, please upload it on a blog, website, Google Drive or other online services first, then share the link for us to read at our leisure.

 

Additional Guidelines

Highly Relevant (100%):

  • A new controversial or helpful book about autistic perspectives is published
  • How to change society to be more inclusive
  • Actions taken by lawmakers, politicians, businesspeople and celebrities for the purpose of promoting inclusion
  • Convincing employers and insurance companies to accept autistic applicants
  • The Disabled People’s Association has a lot of autistics signing up for their membership, but very few willing to actively advocate

Relevant (75%):

  • A new controversial or helpful book about how to take care of autistic adults is published
  • How to educate the public to care about disabled people in general
  • Symbolic events that encourage people to accept autistics
  • Autistics are choosing to commit suicide due to being excluded and bullied
  • An autistic man chose not to disclose his autistic status and ended up causing great distress and hurt to others

Somewhat Relevant (50%): watch out as conversation is becoming irrelevant

  • A new controversial or helpful book about how to select teachers for teaching autistics is published
  • Genetic testing and modification technology may end up wiping out the autistic race
  • Autistics should not be forced to learn Chinese as they have difficulty writing Chinese characters
  • Asian parents are ableist; making their autistic children suffer with impossible materialistic expectations
  • Autistics tend to also be part of the LGBTQIA community

Slightly Relevant (25%): please move the topic to another group after wrapping up

  • A new controversial or helpful book about the cause of autism is published
  • Lee Kuan Yew and Donald Trump have autistic descendants
  • Is it true that most autistics are obsessed with trains?
  • Vaccines and bad parenting do not cause autism; we need to debunk these myths
  • Humans will still be sitting around a campfire if autistics did not invent modern technology; autistics are better than NTs

Totally Irrelevant (0%): please move the topic to another group immediately

  • An author who is very active in the autism community has published an exciting novel that has nothing to do with autism
  • Health issues of caretakers with autistic children are being neglected
  • My religion or therapy system has the answers to autism
  • The rise of xenophobia, religious extremism and online bullying around the world makes life hard for autistics
  • Hypothetical but impossible scenarios: If I am super rich, if the world is free of prejudice, if I have a time machine…