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By people, usually parents, who market disabled children’s talents and abilities by using language that suggests that they “transcend” disability and have “overcome” it, when in fact they depend upon these children’s achievements being marketed as those of a disabled child, in order to tap into disablist feelings of pity and low expectations of mainstream society. You can’t sit in the “I’m proud of my child’s disability” camp and the “My child overcame hir disability” camp simultaneously. Please, learn to be proud of your child’s disability and their personal achievements.

By the same token, it also annoys me when, if a disabled person, adult or child, does something great, trolling parents immediately come out of the woodwork to accuse that successful person of not being disabled enough, and how it’s an insult to True Disabled People™ like their children, who will never be able to achieve such wonderful things, so how dare they try to describe themselves as disabled, when they’re successful, and we all know that disability and fulfilling dreams are mutually exclusive.

I suppose the moral of this musing is that of all logical fallacies, No True Scotsman has to be the most consistently frustrating for me, and that it’s never a good idea to read fluffy feel-good stories about autism, because they will inevitably fail to be feel-good if you’re actually autistic.

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