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The Autism Closet by TheWickedKid The Autism Closet by TheWickedKid
Credit for the stamp itself goes to the creator of this Stamp Maker: [link]
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Almost immediately after the Sandyhook shooting, and the Aurora shooting, each shooter was hastily diagnosed with autism by various journalists, with or without credible source. Whether or not either shooter had autism, it does not matter, as there is little to no correlation between autism and violent crime, or any disability and violent crime.

People with disabilities of all kinds are more likely to be victimized than the general population, and are no more likely than the general population to commit crimes.

But it's very hard to get this truth out when the first thing anyone hears is an irrelevant diagnosis, coupled with the term "lack of empathy."

Charles Whitman, the shooter at Texas University, apparently had a brain tumor pressing down in a part of his brain, causing violent and aggressive thoughts long before he shot up his school. Yet there is no stigma on brain cancer.

I would like to clarify a few details about autism:
1. It is a broad spectrum, including people with Asperger's.
1. a. People with Asperger's are not necessarily better off than people with autism, as 5/6ths are unemployed in the United States. Statistically speaking, they're worse off. (1/3 of people with Autism are employed, with Asperger's making up only 1/6th of that number.)
2. People with autism do not lack empathy, or emotion, but instead have inappropriate empathetical displays, meaning that they may not respond in a socially appropriate way.
2. a. For some, this may mean random and seemingly inappropriate giggling (as with myself, I'll remember things spontaneously that may be either amusing or upsetting), or no outward reaction to jokes.
3. People with autism are not by definition intellectually impaired.
4. People with autism tend to have very wide gaps in skill - for example, they may be extremely skilled with spacial recognition, but have almost no language skill.
5. 1/3 of people with autism suffer epilepsy.
6. Many people with autism suffer motor dysfunction, making them clumsy.
7. Some people with autism crave social interaction but find it very draining. Most people with autism require a "cool down" after socializing.
8. Many people with autism have more finely tuned senses, by which I mean they lack the filters which prevent every source of stimuli from flooding their brains. This is why so many people with autism are not comfortable in crowds, where noise levels and other stimuli are high.
8. a. This is also why many people with autism will not make eye contact at all. Others will appear to make eye contact, but have really found a different place to look, such as the nose, forehead, or mouth. It doesn't mean that they aren't listening, but eyes are constantly moving, and this is distracting and uncomfortable to many autistic people.
9. Autism is not contagious, and is not a mental illness but a neurological disorder. It is not a chemical imbalance, it has no "cure," and is not comparable to cancer or AIDS.*

So please, before you all form lynch mobs, like some people on Facebook (and I will not name names), educate yourselves.

*Epilepsy is though. We should really do something about that.

Extra Reading:
[link] - NPR: What's Different About the Brains of People With Autism
[link] CMU Scans Temple Grandin's Brain For Autism Research [Video]
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OpenHearted Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
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FlaminTNT Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
aa I love this! 
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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Kai-FNAF-Gamer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student Photographer
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LunaRolexLer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
WTF
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Gojilion91 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:) used!
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SuperToni14 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just added this to the faves. I'm proud to be autistic.
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SukiStar77 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
using
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AnimeBlade142 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Student General Artist
using ^^
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SpiderFingers15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
using
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CaptainMexico Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
Well said.
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
You're proud of dysfuntion ?
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Killuanatsume Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Look if that person is proud let her be.
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Neurological dysfunction, aye.
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
You're Neptune, aye, what next?
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
... Neptune? ... chronic aphasia ? ...
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Try donepezil.
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RussellFergusonFan1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Photographer
I have it I just been hiding it
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sonicthehedgehogFG Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
In seeing all these autism/asperger pride stamps should I be ashamed of being neurotypical?
Saying that, I can't see how I can be proud about living with GAD and depression, even though it gives me a rather unique view of the world around me.
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to tell that some one has Autism or Asperger's Syndrome? because I haven't been feeling like myself lately.
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MooieVreemdeling Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
lots of ways. psychcentral.com/quizzes/autis… this is just a quiz but there's lots of resources if you just search for them, the quiz might give you some insight 
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
That's called depression.
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MooieVreemdeling Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
RMXTrailMix, depression is not the only thing that can cause a change in behavior or make someone not feel themselves for long periods of time. Panic Disorder does this, and so do many other disorders. Depression might be a part of some of them but it's not always the case... I know this conversation was a while ago but in the future you may want to avoid diagnosing someone before you know what's up with them. 
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh rly?
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Yes; depression is marked by a change in mood or behavior lasting more than two weeks. You noted a change in how you feel.

People have autism from the time they're born.
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, but I've been like this since I was a baby. Like in school, I don't talk or make many hand gestures. However, every day I must put my dolls in a straight line from lightest to darkest, never the other way around.

PS: I don't really get jokes or any pranks
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Frudies Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't sound autistic at all you sound plenty normal, you should research heavily before jumping the gun.
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm much different in person.
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
I guess in that case you simply became aware of your autism.
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, but I'll be fine as long as I satay cool and calm.
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jarleynygmobblepot Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Writer
same
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Royszawa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an autistic artist too. I'm an autistic Malaysian girl.
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DaBair Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard for me to be proud of being autistic because it impedes on my ability to make friends.
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Fran48 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I've got high functioning autism, (I was diagnosed with asd at 3)  (I 'm also 1/3 of the people with asd who has epilepsy as well)  I am quite clumsy and have sensory issues with heat and noise....especially with crowds, I also find it hard to make conversation and am not great socially but I feel I've improved a lot in those areas..and I struggle with maths due to the laterial thinking required, especially with wordy questions...)
But  I see my asd it as a blessing as it makes me very obsessive and focused and this allows me to complete work to the best of my ability :D 
I'm currently working on a level 3 ICT course at distinction level (which I'm really enjoying) and am going to go on and do a HND (level 4/5 course) course in computing and systems development in september ^^ 
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Clelius Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I'm not proud of having Asperger's (neither ashamed, just don't care), but I agree on what you said in the description. Even if the shooters actually had Asperger's, the crimes they committed weren't correlated to their AS. Just because someone with a mental disorder does something bad, it doesn't mean that every other people with disorders do.
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   General Artist
As an woman with autism I agree, it's a shame how such media is seeing it as a curse and demonizing us :(
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ObsidianBullet Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with this stamp wholeheartedly. I was diagnosed with Asperger's after I graduated college. They originally thought it was ADD but that's apparently just part of my version of AS. I do agree I'm not happy with having it, I do admit that without it I might not be as grateful for the things I have learned and do have because I've had to work harder to earn them. People with AS and Autism can go to college, graduate, and get jobs. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do that last part yet and it's been three 3 Years since I graduated. I can only hope that one day I'll be able to prove to employers that having this type of disability only makes me work harder for them.
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TheWickedKid Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
They absolutely can. Perhaps I should add that to my list, since people seem to be misinterpreting it.

Sometimes I think things would be easier for me if I hadn't been diagnosed with anything. You can choose not to disclose your asperger's to potential employers if you don't think it will make your work more difficult - I got a job over the summer (only took me 20 tries to get to an interview), but I didn't disclose that I had autism in that case. Every other place I warned, and every other place ignored my application.

It may not be legal for employers to discriminate based on disabilities, but they will anyway.
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ObsidianBullet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did when I was first applying and that's because I had JUST been diagnosed with AS and I didn't feel like I had it under control yet. Now it's no where on my applications or resume/cover letter. Once the New Year turns over I'll be trying again since I'm needed pretty heavily around all holidays.
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