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Autistic experts will be tagging our posts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social media with the #AutismExperts tag.
#AutismExperts goes far beyond the idea of "reclaiming" expertise, although that is sorely needed. What we are doing is re-directing expertise about autism-related things to the people who actually know.
Many people have theories about autism. Some of them are interesting;some of them are laughable; some of them are dangerous or potentially dangerous for us. Some non-autistic "autism experts" showcase their pet theories, including"theory of mind," "lack of empathy," an almost pathological focus on eye contact, and other questionable ideas.