Sometimes, people might not know vocabulary about sexuality and gender. Please add suggestions to the following so that we can keep each other informed! Please feel free to offer suggestions on existing definitions, too.
Bisexual- attracted to Male and Female partners; sometimes used by people who are also attracted to non-binary gender.
Pansexual- Gender is not relevant to attraction- these individuals often just say they are attracted to "people".
Multisexual- Similar to pansexual, but might have a slight preference for a specific gender so do not feel that pansexual is entirely accurate.
Homosexual- attracted to someone of the same gender or sex.
Heterosexual- attracted to someone of the opposite gender or sex (in binary gender models).
Lesbian- a Woman who is attracted to other women.
Asexual- Doesn't feel sexually attracted to other people.
Aromantic- Doesn't feel romantically attracted to others.
Homoromantic- Romantically attracted to memebers of the same gender or sex.
Heteroromantic- Romantically attracted to members of the "opposite" gender or sex.
A lot of times people use abbreviations in advocacy, and this can get really confusing, especially when you are new to advocacy.
This thread is a place to share the different Abbreviations, What they Mean, and to Ask about any Abbreviations you are unfamiliar with. As we get more, I will add them to this post in alphabetical order.
Hi guys! I wanted to let you know what this Section is and isn't for, and some rules specifically for this section (you should also adhere to the Forum Rules, of course.)
What Is Community Advocacy?
Community Advocacy is, of course, advocacy that you do in the community. This ranges from taking on an issue with a policy at the local school board to State level work such as sitting on a board or protesting in your state capital about a state policy. You are representing more than one individual with community advocacy, often in hopes of changing a rule or policy that effects the community in some way. Or you may be organizing a group of individuals on the same issue in order to speak out about a local issue.
What is not Community advocacy is a specific case, unless it is being used to organize around an issue. National level work is, for the convenience of this site, not included in this section. For more info on what does not go here, click here.
Hi! I'm, Savannah, I'm dropping in to make sure that all the Youth know about some opprotunities that are out there! If you have more Advocacy and Self-Advocacy leads for teens, let me know so that I can add them!
I was wondering whether other forum members might find my newest book of interest. There is a most interesting story about the famous Daniel Tammet (formerly Daniel Corney) which has partly been told in the 2011 book Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer. My book goes further and looks at the scientific literature with an excruciatingly precise eye for detail. Daniel Tammet has been hailed all over the world as an autistic savant displaying genius ability in language learning, mathematics and memory, but it appears that every element of the Daniel Tammet legend can be or has been called into question.
I am curious as to what everyone thinks about the environment, culture, and how an autistic person functions under them. While i think the US culture tends to place a heavy emphasis on being social or extroverted, there are cultures that will actually discourage being talkative or classroom settings that are highly structured and consistent. Depending on where an individual falls on the spectrum, he or she might be able to function somewhat normally here while being undetected.
I was happy to notice pretty quickly that there are quite a few queer women (including me) using this site. I'm not surprised, because there is a prominent policy statement on sexual diversity and inclusion, which made me feel very at home. However, I've noticed that there seem to be rather a lot of us on other autism forums. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed this? Is there a correlation between autistic spectrum and queer sexualities? If so, why might this be? I'm new to the online autism community and curious about the possible connection. Any thoughts?
Wax Paper Park is my effort to break my own cycles of perfectionism and fear. I post my poetry, both new and old, 3ish times a week and then push it to facebook and twitter. I want to be a writer but am scared to have people read what I write - this is my effort to start growing out of that fear and into who I really want to be.
I want to talk about Autism Acceptance again. I want to talk about Autism Acceptance because soon we will be, again, referred to as tragedies, burdens, afflictions. This will go on, more than usual, for the whole month of April.
April is the month chosen by non-autistics to raise “awareness” about our existence. But most of the conversation does not include us, autistics, and the outcomes of such conversations do not improve our lives.
Autism “Awareness” Month is a frustrating and sad month for Autistics, because it excludes us, while portraying us in a negative way.
It has become a “war cry” for advocacy organizations. But it has become damaging to us.
There are myths and misconceptions that get talked over and over without our voices to educate the public: