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When you read a journal related to autism and people in the comments are "informing" one another - using misconceptions and stereotypes about autism, without actually knowing what they are talking about 

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70 deviants said Must. Resist. Replying. To. Every. Comment. To. Inform. Them. :noes:

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taurequine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My brother has a pretty severe mental disability. When he was younger, though, it seemed like he had autistic-like tendencies, and that's what he was diagnosed as. So I grew up calling him that. However, pretty much every time I've used that term I feel like people get a misconception about what he's actually like. Like literally almost every time.

Now I honestly just tell people he's mentally disabled or brain-damaged because they seem to understand what I mean a lot better. Whereas anyone who drops the word 'autism' immediately has to deal with all these people who have no idea what it is, or have their own conceptions of it. I almost don't even really know what it is anymore. It's so poorly defined and tossed around so carelessly that it's really hard to say what, exactly, autism is, or what people seem to think it is. :|

But yeah. I totally get what you mean.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, it's really hard. I have autism myself, but I often fear to mention it because of what people make out of it.
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I see your problem
A few comments I think would be fine
But
Oh noes
Poor Bienie :saddummy:
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My poor Bienie feels :saddummy:
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Affian-the-Fennec Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I have Ohtism X3

Elder Scrolls reference.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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Affian-the-Fennec Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
ALL MY CHARACTERS ARE DAEDRA WORSHIPPERS!!!
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ateck5 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idm .o. everyone looks at it differently, based on what they experienced themselves u v u who am I to misjudge their experience? At my school 90% of the teachers and 70% of the students is autistic (programming school), there you can easily see the differences. Some are really introvert or some are rude, others are really hyper or shy. Some people don't really show it clearly, surprising me when hearing about it. I guess just like everyone it's more about personality. I don't think it matters too much myself u v u.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was talking about people providing wrong information and acting as if it is a general fact about autism. That's not okay...
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ateck5 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm that's not okay indeed, but like I said, it's probably based on their experiences ;o; maybe they met somebody who was like that but that doesn't make it a part of autism, more of the personality c:
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that's what I mean, it just shouldn't be generalized.
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iceumbre14 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh... I hate people like that and I know what it's like because my two brothers have it. I know it's different between people
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, indeed D:
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icefirewolfie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I. Hate. This.
ugh, its also like this with ADHD and reading disabilities and just, ugh.
It's different for everyone, why is this concept so hard to get Stare 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, indeed :stare:
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:icongoomuin:
Goomuin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You can't have autism, you're lesbian. Duh
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"You can't be autistic, you are in a relationship."

Sad thing, I've actually seen that one.
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Goomuin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow

People actually said to me that iI can't be autistic because I don't take everything literally and that I can talk. Yep.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ughhhh, yes those things too.
Or because you don't have one special skill that you're unbeliebably good at, like those people who can redraw a city after flying over it once, calculate better than a computer, or play the piano super good.
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Goomuin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Or that people think that you like something so much you know everything about that.

...Well I do know nearly every Mario character and item by name, so there's that. But it's not that with steam locomotives that I can directly say what its number is, when it was build and so on.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, indeed.
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Narnoleon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
ughuhguhguhguhgughghhghhhhhh
autism comes in so many different... shapes and sizes? ( i can tell, I basically grew up around people that happen to have autism or anything else, really)
you can't even compare people with a certain form of autism, because it's most likely that they don't share 100% of the traits at the exact level of how 'bad' it is.
'bad' meaning that it might be a little bit thougher to deal with it or something like that, but that doesn't mean every one who has autism has a hard time dealing with it, some might need some extra help but some need nothing at all \O/.
autism doesn't make you stupid either, it's just a thing that has been added to you so you at least have something to do in life because being socially perfect is so boooringggg xD
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, indeed!
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Nitteh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People with autism are hard to connect to. I know a guy that has autism and lives an almost perfectly normal life, but for some reason, I seem to be able to comunicate with him the most, beside his mother.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"People with autism are hard to connect to"
That's kind of a generalization there. I think you missed the point of this poll.
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Nitteh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay sorry
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:iconglowb:
glowb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why not just inform them if they really seem like they don't know?
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would if it was only 2-3 comments, and I did reply to a couple, but replying to every single one would only make people angry. It has happened before and I'd rather not deal with people calling me out for trying to provide information they should've looked up themselves.
Fffffff.
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mittens150 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
If people don't know a thing about autism, they shouldn't be the expert. If someone has it, then they pretty much automatically know more about it than you. And if they say that you're offending them in any way (somewhat related to this, but also just in general) then THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SAY THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE IN A POSITION TO BE OFFENDED AND YOU ARE NOT. But, yeah, I totally hate it when people are "experts" on something because they know all of the stereotypes. Like ADHD, or depression, or autism, or anything else.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, indeed!
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DoubtHill Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be seeing specialists in January to see if I'm on the autistic spectrum or not and, while I know only a specialist can diagnose me, these stereotypes are still really unhelpful. It would be nice to have my own idea if I'm autistic or not but I'm kind of blinded. Being autistic could explain a lot of things for me but the way autism is often addressed makes it seem like, if someone was autistic, they would be so strange that they would be diagnosed on the spot. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, for the longest time I thought I had received the wrong diagnosis because of all the stereotypes and misconceptions that didn't fit me, and it was actually very discouraging. After doing some research on my own, however, I found the diagnosis WAS fitting after all.
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Kittty-Catt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Can't they just spend five minutes of their lives looking it up on google if they are going to talk about something that they know nothing about?  Why is that so hard to do?
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, or just not talk about it as if they know, ugh :facepalm:
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denya-chan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agh, I hate that! D: I myself have ADHD. I get stuff like this too often... ):
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, that sucks...
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TuntematonSika Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've got aspergers so I can relate to this. I just tend to reply to people who ask me about it "its a feature, not a bug."
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have it too! And that's a good one :P
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:iconglowb:
glowb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I love that!
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OkamiWhitewings Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
"Hurr durr autizm iz so dumb durr hurr" or something like that? :v
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More like "you can't have autism, you don't have [insert stereotypical symptom here]."
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OkamiWhitewings Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Mhh... Same as "You can't have depression, I saw you smile/laugh!"
I wish people understood that there're different kind and levels of autism, not just the "special kid" stereotype ò_ò
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, exactly!
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TheGhoulAvenue Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ack I've seen the same but with other disorders, like teens that think they have bipolar disorder because they have the regular teen moodswings without having even read the wikipedia article....not to mention all those shitty stereotypes on OCD...
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ughh, yes.
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catsper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have autism and things like this make me so angry but I never know what to say or how to say it to get my point across without sounding ridiculous and that makes me angrier >:V
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm, or how not to piss people off, because sometimes they cannot accept they were wrong.
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catsper Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah yeah :/
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TiffWolffArts Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard people say so many wrong things about stuff. Like certain disabilities. Like the one I have, dwarfism. People just assume things and think they know every little thing.
It bothers me so much when people say things that aren't true at all, and it gets passed around. :(
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yesss, and then everyone just generally assumes they are right about a disorder they know nothing about.
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