i get really uncomfortable when people post pictures of children on the spectrum and declare their ASD. because i think, well, what if they don’t want other people to know about it? what if they get older and they want to keep it quiet? what if someone were to find that relative’s post (somehow) and learn, hey, this one’s autistic? and then they get bullied more than they may already be. i was bullied plenty before my diagnosis, and i consider myself lucky that in later years i’ve encountered less and less of it. i’m willing to be open about my anxiety and depression (though i won’t mention it all over the place), but i can’t imagine people outside my circle of friends responding well to knowing i have asperger’s.
don’t spread that stuff around without their consent. especially not to strangers.
i mean, generally we tell kids not to give their information out to strangers on the internet, so why is it acceptable to do this? it’s one thing to share family photos of kids having fun and stuff, but telling strangers about your kid and their condition is just…i don’t know.
Parents, siblings, and other loved ones, please read TheFaulknerian’s PSA. Take this seriously. Let the children in your life make this decision for themselves when they are old enough to make informed choices.