How to Spot a Fake Autistic
This post is a collaboration with an advocate in the UK who goes by Shell Spectrum. Shell has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (same as my son's childhood diagnosis) and has been advocating online about autism as an autistic woman for over 20 years. She started a list with this title and I have modified it slightly and extended it with her permission. Shell and I are the 'bad autistics' neurodiversity 'autistics' warned you about. Although I would rather see myself as a 'number 1 badass' (after all 'BAD1' was written in my medical records for 'bipolar affective disorder type 1).
I am on the autism spectrum myself, with a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) but I choose to no longer call myself autistic, nor an autist. (Although neurodiversity advocates insist on calling me both). I had more prominent autism spectrum features in childhood (as did my son) than as an adult.
Shell and I am both critical of the neurodiversity movement, an identity politics ideology, that has ripped off medical conditions and watered them down into common traits. Then evangelised, recruited and indoctrinated people who have no clinically significant impairments since childhood. Many have profitted from this racket. Anyone who criticises this cult will be abused by extremists.
I call the neurodiversity version of 'autistics', mostly 'self-diagnosed': 'noughtistics/nautistics' (for zero in common with medical criteria, evangelising neurodiversity ideology. I call the charlatans profiting from this racket: 'fraudtistics.' (They make up words, so why can't I?). You may credit me with 'coining' the words 'Nautistic' and 'Fraudtistic' (since such as big deal is made over coining words).
Please note that diagnostic criteria require clinically significant features since the early developmental period in childhood and cause clinicially significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of current functioning. Nautistics twist the criteria to skip these, using a 'masking' excuse.
This list may read like parody but it's from observations of online neurodiversity and 'actually autistic' communities.
It has come to light that some advocates centred on drama have made the allegation that Shell is Connie. Shell is not Connie, I am not Shell, I am not Connie. We are three different people who live in three different countries. This collaboration has nothing to do with the drama between Connie and the neurodiversity movement (NDM).
Shell would also like it updated that she is nearly 60, not an adolescent, like in some public gossip. I am 50. Between us, we have over a century of lived experience that is being rubbished by what some opposed to NDM call 'fauxism' and some pro-NDM call 'the -tism'. Excuse my poor grammar - blame it on my cognitive impairment with my actually diagnosed disabilities (with actual impairments).
A nautistic and/or fraudtistic will:
Actual hate speech
This is a screenshot of 'Autistic Truth' aka Chloe, lying about Shell and saying hateful things. I called Chloe out and of course, there is a smear campaign with more lies about me also. I wasn't going to post further on here but I think I will show some of the screenshots so you can see some of the drama and manipulation. On a new blog post, called 'Manipulation in autism and disability advocacy.'
I was doxxed and reported to the police over this blog post & calling out the hate speech. Police said I did nothing wrong and to block Chloe. Of course, Chloe's supporters will carry on with the drama (hence I was doxxed and reported to police).
Identity politics not Parody
Have updated this list occassionally when I see something beyond ridiculous (observing how people are captured by cult-like ideologies is one of my 'special interests'). Remember, the above list is not parody. It is the behaviour that Shell and I both observed in the #actuallyautistic #neurodiversity #neurodivergent #AuDHD "self-diagnosis /self-ID is valid" communities. Remember, this is all identity politics, recruiting more followers, whether meet criteria for a diagnosis or not). So some can have a power trip, ego boost, validation and make money from it. Also for bullies to have a field day.
Read some of this list out on video (2 parts). Wrote this blog post after I recorded the video from handwritten notes. The list has been developed and edited since (writing takes time).
"There has been a 20-fold increase in autism cases over the last 30 years. Some believe that this increase is due to better diagnostic ascertainment, but I fear that we have reached a point where some individuals are now being falsely diagnosed. Some might exhibit superficially autistic-like traits without being autistic. Some might suffer from as yet unrecognised and unnamed syndromes. We are in a muddle."
Professor Dame Uta Frith, 2020
I have updated this blog post multiple times. Mainly to add new points and to correct spelling mistakes/typos. It would have been well over 100 points by now but I merged a few points together.
I have updated the introduction to state that this collaboration is with myself (in New Zealand) and Shell Spectrum (UK) and has nothing to do with anyone else.
As stated, both Shell and I had autism spectrum features since childhood, unlike all these fraudtistics claiming masking for decades since birth, for their lack of clinically significant features and impairment.
I made a decision in April 2023, to discontinue my public advocacy journey. I have been an advocate, mostly behind the scenes since 2008, well before I started Bipolar Courage. Shell has been an advocate even longer.
My advocacy, mostly mental health but has also included pervasive developmental disorders that I am familiar with plus trauma, plus advocacy recognised by world leaders for massive change about citizenship, is ending. I will advocate still in small ways but not so publicly.
So hold your breath with the empty lawsuits of those who have a different opinion from their own lived experiences. The mob bullying, cancel culture and exploitation within the #actuallyautistic (mostly not actually autistic) and neurodiversity communities needs to stop. It has a detrimental effect on mental health.
Yes, we see the constant drama and in-fighting. That's identity politics for you.
Update May 2023: a police officer visited me today. Said what happened here. What a waste of police time, trying such intimidation tactics. Same week myself and someone else were doxxed by a former 'friend'.
Why I have trust issues. Abuse.
My enemies made me stronger
20/4/2023 01:17:32 pm
Thank you for keeping things real!!! Though I disagree that one can't be autistic and have advanced degrees, your points on this are well taken, as are all the others. The "monetize it" craze is infuriating, but the most infuriating thing is folx telling diagnosed folx, especially those with higher support needs, that they can't describe themselves or think of themselves however they damn well please. Who do these people think they are?
I think it would be possible to do advanced study but it depends on where.
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I am no longer blogging or vlogging as a mental health and disability advocate. The politics of it is too toxic for me.