Complaining to big organisations about the way they portray autism and autistic people can often feel futile and just a waste of effort. You spend ages crafting a persuasive and considered email only to get a carbon copy response or none at all.
Every time if the past few years that The Guardian has featured a piece on autism without input from one of us (and thats all their articles on autism) I’ve complained to them asking why we don’t have a voice, why they’ll lways seek comment on the story from an NT and not from us. So I will pat myself on the back over the appearance of this article, its a first as its by an autistic person about autism and doesn’t feature any input from an NT. I like to think they wouldn’t have published this without the constant complaints from myself and other autistic people pointing out that we should be allowed to speak for ourselves.