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The #ActuallyAutistic Culture and Identity Project S13

Name, and/or twitter handle:Ira Eidle Pronouns:He/Him/His Parent/non-parent:Not a parent Age when you selfdx/were diagnosed autistic: 6


1.Did you feel you were different from others as a child? Yes, very much so. At least different from my neurotypical peers.


2.Are your parents supportive of you as an autistic individual? I would say so, yes.


3.How did you determine your ethical system?

I don't necessarily get my sense of right/wrong from religion, but with regards to autism, my beliefs align strongly with the neurodiversity paradigm, disability rights, and disability justice.


4.In which way does your private self differ from your outward facing front? While I stim in public, I try to only do echolalia in private and in the rare occasion that I have a meltdown, I make sure I am alone.


5.Do you enjoy finding mistakes/errors in the production of films and television...continuity etc.? Yes but I enjoy finding nice little details. It's why I prefer CinemaWins to CinemaSins.


6.What are the top 3 traits you look for in a friend? Loyalty, common interests, and transparency


7.What are the top 3 traits you perceive as negative but are willing to overlook in a friend? Shyness and obliviousness (can only think of 2)


8.What are the top traits you look for in a partner/traits your partner possesses? Loyalty, common interests, and transparency


9.What would you do with your life if you had unlimited funds? Not entirely sure, but I would probably at least make some affordable housing units, donate to a lot of different people, and buy some luxury items for myself.


10.What does freedom mean to you. What does it entail? Freedom to me means having a variety of good options that suit one's needs and abilities. It also means to me freedom from control and the ability to make one's own choices on their lives, even if they require assistance from others.


11.What does success mean to you? If I am content with my life situation, I consider that a success.


12.Are you more stable/happier/productive within the structure of a relationship...partner/good friend/long-term roommate? With healthy relationships, yes. I can give validation and support to myself, though.


13.Do you find it stressful to be around other parents at school functions? N/A


14.How often do you pretend to not see people you know if you don’t want to talk? Sometimes.


15.In which areas do you identify the most with other autistic people? I generally identify with other autistic people as people as a whole, if that makes sense. I guess I tend to connect the most to autistic people who are like me, though that is a lot of autistic people.


16.What are the most stressful aspects of parenting an autistic child as an autistic caregiver?

N/A


17.What are the top 5 things you want your children to know about the world and why? N/A

18.Does living off the grid appeal to you and why/why not? I use technology and the internet too much to live off the grid, but going off the grid for a few days for a retreat or something might be cool.


19.What is your favorite style of architecture and why? I don't really have a favorite architecture style. Good architecture, I guess.

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