[Blog Tour] Review | The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition.
All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

Out of all three books I read for the final round of the contest, this one was by far my favourite. I was pretty pumped to see it had won, as I personally think it was rightfully deserved rightfully deserved it.
The Lore of Prometheus is a dark story exploring trauma and fear in combination with supernatural powers rooted in said trauma. The quick storytelling over less than 300 pages really keeps the tension present without exhausting your attention span. I was so hooked by this thriller, as it keeps you on the edge of your seat making you feel the mental strain the characters are experiencing.

In previous thrillers I have read, it’s often death and murder keeping you on edge. The Lore of Prometheus really goes for the psychological thrill. There are a lot of heavy topics in this book, and I advise you to check out the content warnings below, that together with the plotline make you feel discomfort and on edge, giving a lot of depth to the book. All of it was done delicately and respectfully, and none of the heavy topics felt like they were thrown in purely for shock value, which I personally appreciate a lot.

My only minus about the book is that you are following two points of views throughout the entire story, and even though their narratives line up rather quickly with setting and goals, it took a bit too long for my taste for them to meet and really become one story. I experienced that as a downside, but the quality of both POV’s was good enough for me to not be too bothered by it.

I know I haven’t said much about the plot, but that was intended, as even the slightest spoilers can take away from the ride this book takes you on. I really liked it, though it was very intense at times and had to take a breather.
I would highly recommend you to check out The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King, especially if you like supernatural powers and evil scientists.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My reviews of books by this author.

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Content warnings: Alcohol use and alcoholism, amputation, blood/gore, bodies, body horror, car accident, death, dying, drug use, forced captivity (kidnapping), guns, hospitalisation, medical procedures, murder, needles, PTSD, serious injury, smoking, swearing, terrorism, torture, violence, vomit, warfare, weapons.


About the author

Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells. A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals.

He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes.

After spending a decade in Canada learning what ‘cold’ really means, and being horrified by poutine, he settled once again in the UK with a seemingly endless horde of children. To date he is the author of five novels, drawing on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Clive Barker.


About BBNYA

BBNYA, the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award, is a competition for indie authors (both self-published and published by small indie presses). Our goal is to give underappreciated, lesser-known authors a chance to gain some recognition without being overshadowed by the big names, but also show the world the power of book bloggers!

The contest will be judged by a large and diverse panel of book bloggers from all around the world. The panel will put the books through several rounds of judging based on a wide set of criteria. As each round goes by, we will announce the results – until finally, we arrive at our finalists. After further intensive reviewing, we will choose our favorite and declare it the ‘’Book Bloggers Novel of the Year’’!

The winning author will receive a whole bunch of prizes, as well as the honour, recognition, and vindication of being our winner and the endorsement of book bloggers. You can read all about the prizes for the winning author and top finalists here.


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Ableism in Readers | When a book is rated low because the representation is not understood

It seems that lately all I do is try to show the book community how much ableism is ingrained in society and thus in publishing and the community of booklovers. I can’t help it, because time and time again I stumble upon things that I feel like needs talking about. Well, today I am here with another thing I think is important to discuss that was just too big and complicated to just drop in a Twitter thread.

I decided to dedicate April to read books about and written #ActuallyAutistic people to enjoy the representation of people like me and to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month. The title I picked up this weekend, and absolutely adored (review coming later) was Marieke Nijkamp’s Even If We Break. It’s a book about a group of 5 friends slowly falling apart, so they decide to go for one last weekend with their Role Playing Game (RPG) that brought them together originally before parting ways forever.

The book has an incredible cast of trans, queer and disabled people and the book really deals with struggles related to those identities, such as ableism, transphobia and trauma. I share identities with most of the cast members and I loved how authentic the representation felt and how the character’s disabilities, struggles and trauma were closely woven into the story instead of an extra layer on top. I didn’t expect anything less as the author is non-binary, autistic and disabled and a big disability advocate.

But then I went to Goodreads to mark it as ‘read’ and saw it only had a 2.97-star average. I was surprised and confused when I saw it, but didn’t think anything of it right away. But I am a curious creature, and I often read the reviews of books I liked, just to see other’s perspective. That’s when it became clear to me why this book was rated so low: a lot of people genuinely didn’t understand what was portrayed in this book and how closely tied it is to the plot, probably from a giant lack of exposure to disability and trans representation, especially in this genre.

I am writing this post to discuss how internalised ableism in the book community, not to tell that people’s opinions are wrong or to convince people to 5-star the heck out of this book. Ableism is everywhere: in readers, publishing and society in general is showing, but often not recognised by the general public. Underexposure of the narratives of marginalised groups can create misunderstanding, harm or even danger, which is why representation matters and especially written and created by people from the group that is represented. Representation teaches people about people unlike themselves and how to be respectful and accepting of them, it let’s them get to know them.

We like to think that people are kind, but when there is something they don’t understand (properly) or don’t know a lot about, they rather go into offense or dismiss it altogether. This happens a lot with disabled people; society rather shoves them under the rug than actually treat them like regular people, or avoids talking about traits and symptoms of disabilities, whether physical, mental or neurological, making society unable to recognize the difference between someone having a bad time and a depressed person. Think about it: how often have you dismissed someone because you think they’re ”quirky” or ”awkward”? How often did you someone making random noises or movements was ”weird”? They might be autistic and behaving how their brains are wired, but you might not have realised those are traits, because the only autistic ”example” you have ever seen is Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory.

”But how does this relate to that book?” I hear you ask. After reading almost half of the critical and negative reviews on Goodreads for this book, I noticed a pattern of people on one hand praising the representation, but continue dismissing the parts where trauma is discussed and presented authentically, the autistic character shows her traits and where the struggles of the characters are shown as annoying and dramatic. I don’t think any of these people had any ill intent, but it’s dismissal and passive ableism is there.

“The representation was good, but that’s where the good parts end.”

It just feels wrong that so many people point out that the diversity is the one or one of the strong points of the book and then continue to rant about the rest of the book, as if the representation and diversity is just an extra brownie-point layer on top of the story, while the core of the story is based around their struggles and trauma, both related and not to the characters’ marginalised identities. The plot would literally not be the same if those weren’t there. Trauma and mental illness are just as much a disability as having a condition making you need crutches. Those aspects are part of the representation.

People are so little exposed to disabilities and trauma, that they fail to recognize them and their traits, and rather see people struggling as ”whiny” and ”dramatic”. A lot of people were irritated by the fact the characters kept lying to their friends and never opened up about how they felt. The thing is, if any of these people knew something about trauma, struggling with disabilities and dealing with whatever phobia out there from people around you, they would know that keeping things for yourself is a very common trait when your mental wellbeing has been knocked around a lot. When the world around you keeps smashing in your face that what you feel doesn’t matter, whether that’s true or not, eventually you shut everyone out about your truth.

With how the book community currently treats diversity, it has become an autopilot response that diversity is a great thing and the highlight of a book, without actually paying attention to the nature of it. It makes me wonder whether people actually care about the diversity and representation, or just use it as a pet on the back saying ”I just read a diverse book” without looking too much into the details.

This brings me to the flipside of this coin and the reviews. While the above shows passive ableism in the form of ignorance, there was more going on. In a lot of reviews, people who openly admit to not share identities with the representation presented, state that the diversity was forced and just a way to get the plot going and they criticize an #OwnVoices author for not adding enough depth to the characters’ diversity. They then proceed to also say they can’t relate or connect to the characters.

“The diversity feels forced.”
“The diversity is just used to get the plot going.”
“I can’t connect with the characters.”
“The representation is one dimensional.”

It irks me so much that so many people are downplaying the diversity in this book, while they clearly don’t have enough knowledge and authority on the subject, and therefore one of the few books with disability representation where the disability isn’t a tragedy is being set as a bad book, just because they don’t feel comfortable about it. There are plenty of people expressing they don’t like this book for a number of reasons, including just not vibing with it or enjoying the premise, which are totally fair and those reviews are there for every book. But a majority of the reviews I read rate this book low for reasons rooted in ignorance and ableism, whether intended or not, making it seem like certain parts of the book aren’t any good period, while these reviewers just didn’t get or enjoy them for reasons other than the quality of the book.

Something that stood out for me is that number bigger than I’d like to admit of these low reviews were by people who are (cis)abled and a lot of them got ARCs of this book. Meanwhile, there was a relative low number of #OwnVoices reviewers who did. It shows how important it is that review copies fall into the right hands; I am really sure that a lot of the reviewers who left a low rating just pressed ”request” on NetGalley and Edelweiss, because the cover looked cool without looking at the premise, and expecting a cishet-abled normative story like most books (and even movies) in this genre and treating it as such.

What I am trying to say with this post is that we need more diversity, and we specifically need more representation of disabilities, whether they are mental, neurological or physical. We need it to expose people to all these different narratives so they become more normal and mainstream so everyone is somewhat familiar with them, not just those who are disabled themselves and people close to them. We need the representation so disabilities get actually talked about and recognised, even they aren’t clearly spelled out on the person’s or character’s forehead. But we also need the disability representation so people can appreciate it properly and look at it with basic education, otherwise you end up with a lot of ignorance because the story doesn’t fit in the ”poor disabled kid that needs a cure” or abled-normative narrative.

The poor reviews on this book are a mere example of how the disabled narrative is treated in the book community and by publishing; it’s just super apparent with this book and it’s ratings, and the 2.97-star average really catches the eye. But ableism, whether passive or active, whether intentional or not, or rooted in genuine ignorance, it’s everywhere. In the book community, in readers, in publishing, but also society as a whole. It might just not be as apparent or no one has spelled it out for you yet. It’s an uphill battle, but awareness of the problem is the first step towards leveling the playing field.

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. A lot of what I mentioned in this post can be said about any marginalised identity. The difference is that there is a whole difference in how often people talk about it and how willing people are to listen. The fight for diversity and representation is an uphill battle for every marginalised group, but the scales are different. When talking about diversity, whether in a conversation online or making diverse book lists, LGBTQ+ and POC-related topics are always dominating and disability isn’t always mentioned or properly included.

Ask yourself if you can name five LGBTQ+ authors, then 5 AOC and then 5 disabled authors and then compare how easy each question was. Ask yourself how many books with disabled characters you have read and how many of those were written by disabled authors. I am not trying to make anyone feel guilty or defensive over the numbers, I just want to create the perspective. It’s really easy for people to think that there are too little of a type of book, but they don’t realise there are even less of another. The other day I spent an afternoon trying to find #OwnVoices autistic fiction and the total number I ended up with from releases, both traditionally and indie published, from over the years that was less than the amount of F/F books published by traditional publishers in a year. If I started reading now, I could be done with my list by the end of the year while I wouldn’t even make a dent in the F/F fiction that’s currently out.

Society is created around abled people, whether that’s physical, mental or neurological, and people are trained to ignore and dismiss disabled people and their needs. You see this in the book community too. Everyone is for diversity, but disabled people keep being forgotten. My goal is to advocate for disabled people being equally mentioned in the diversity-debate and one day I’d love to see booktubers make videos about their favourite books with chronic illness representation and see bloggers write recommendations of books written by neurodiverse authors. Until then, the diversity everyone aims for is not complete and books like Marieke’s won’t even get the chance they deserve.


Disclaimers:
This post was not written to attack any of the reviewers of Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp, nor is it intended to tell people their opinions are wrong or to rate this book high(er). This post is written out of frustration about problems apparent in the book community and I want to raise awareness to a problem, using reviews on Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp as an example. I do not want or endorse any harassment of reviewers of this book or similar review(er)s. Quotes used in this post are paraphrased, interpolated statements based on common themes in a dozens of reviews.

8 #ActuallyAutistic Creators to Check Out!

April is a very hard month for #ActuallyAutistic people. Nothing about #AutismAwarenessMonth is actually for us; it’s all for the people around us and it’s frankly an uphill battle with all the misinformation and talking over us. My last post on this topic, What YOU can do for #AutismAcceptance, was for about education, so I want to use this post for celebration. I want to celebrate what beautiful things autistic bring to this world, to shatter the stereotypes the world associates with us, that we can make a name for ourselves and create just like everyone else. We are different, not less, if I may quote one of the below creators.

The autistic creators I follow are some of the brightest and most genuine people I follow and I enjoy their content, whether that’s about autism or something else entirely, so much. They educate about and advocate for autism, but also show they are more than just autistic, without dismissing how being autistic is part of their identity. Every single one of this amazing creators is worth to check out and I want to give them a proper shoutout here on my blog. The first three are big content creators and the last five are some awesome smaller artists and bloggers. Best of both world, which is super important!


Paige Hennekam / Paige Layle (she/they)

Paige, known online as Paige Layle, is a 20 year old queer content creator from Canada who blew up after her TikTok videos about autism in girls. They mainly make autism positive, stereotype smashing and educational videos about neurodiversity on her TikTok. Since a few months she also makes longer videos on her YouTube channel.

Youtube | TikTok | Twitter | Instagram | Linktree with handy autism resources


Chloé Hayden / Princess Aspien (she/her)

Chloé Hayden, known online as Princess Aspien, is a 23 year old youtuber, horserider, online influencer, singer, actor and autism advocate from outback Australia. Through her content and (online & live) presentations, Chloé advocates and educates the internet about autism, while simultaneously being a bright and positive presence in your timeline. Her message of ‘Different, Not Less’ is reaching a world wide audience, and showing people globally how they too can live their very own fairytale.

Website | Spotify | Youtube | TikTok | Twitter | Instagram


Jessie Paege (she/they)

Jessie Paege is a 22 year old bright-haired queer content creator from America and makes videos all about mental health, body positivity, the LGBTQ+ community, and her love for music on TikTok and YouTube. They started their YouTube channel as a freshman in high school because they had selective mutism their whole life and never had someone to talk to, and throughout her jouney she found herself. She wants to inspire people to do the same.

Youtube (main) | Youtube (music) | Spotify | TikTok | Twitter | Instagram


Nene Wolf / IllustrativePages (she/her)

Irene, but otherwise knows as Nene, is a 23 year old digital & make-up artist and book lover. She shows her love for reading and proper representation by hosting a bi-monthly book club all about books with asexual/ace-spec protagonists. The Discord of the bookclub (linked below) has turnt into a community of queer and disabled/neurodiverse people. Nene is currently working on a queer Middle Grade fantasy webcomic.

Digital art: Art blog | Instagram | Twitter | Webcomic | Etsy
Books/personal: Instagram | Twitter | ‘The Ace Space’ bookclub


Anniek’s Library (they/them)

Anniek (@anniekslibrary) is a 28 year old book blogger, reviewer and bookstagrammer from the Netherlands. They are a high-speed and diverse reader and they maintain a sensory friendly bookstagram feed. With over a thousand reviews on Goodreads and being the #3 reviewer on Goodreads from The Netherlands, you will always find something new to read when following Anniek.

Book blog | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | The Storygraph


Ocean Riley / Oceans of Novels (they/them)

Ocean (@OceansofNovels) is a 26 year old trans non-binary book lover with a passion to fight for representation and support of trans authors. They started their blog as they believe marginalised authors should get at lot more recognition and promotion than they do.
Aside from reading, they love watching Netflix, sharks and photography. They’re also a Youth Worker who likes to learn useless skills such as solving a Rubik’s cube and saying the alphabet backwards.

Book blog | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | The Storygraph | ‘Transathon’ trans-spec readathon


Emma Ferrier / EmmaNovella (they/she)

Emma, mostly known as EmmaNovella online, is a 24 year old digital artist, book lover and Autism advocate from Scotland.
Aside from reading, drawing and advocating, Emma is part of several fandoms such as Doctor Who, Criminal Minds and Supernatural, and she owns a seconhand book box business with her mom called Twice Read Tales Co.

Book blog | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | The Storygraph
Digital art & business: Etsy | Instagram | Commissions | Twice Read Tales Co.


Anna Everts / Peculiar Planets (they/them – die/diens)

Anna (@peculiarplanets) is a 24 year old non-binary, geek, (comic book) artist and freelance writer and sensitivity reader. They write blogs, articles, fiction, comics and poetry. When writing comics and fiction, they focus on diversity and inclusion to make sure that everyone gets a chance to feel seen and represented. Their fiction is mostly focused on fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and detectives. Anna also blogs about topics such as mental health, autism, lifestyle and other things that interest them. In their Etsy shop, Anna sells things they painted or upcycled.

Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Etsy | Buy their comics


I want to invite every Autisitic creator who reads this to give themselves a (brief) shoutout in the comments! And link your favourite Autistic creators you follow in the comments aswell, I always look for more to follow.

Happy #AutisticPrideMonth, be proud of yourself as you are a beautiful and unique human being.

[Blog Tour] First Chapter Review | KC Warlock Weekly: Accused by M.N. Jolley (KC Warlock Weekly #1)

I have received this review copy for free. My opinions are my own.

I am very happy to kick-off the blog tour for the first book in the KC Warlock Weekly series by M.N. Jolley! The KC Warlock Weekly is a planned series of five Urban Fantasy novels following autistic journalist Levi Lawson as he navigates the complicated business of starting a local newspaper for his underground magical community.

The blog tour was planned to coincide with #AutismAwarenessMonth 2021 to celebrate autism by promoting a book about an autistic man written by an #ActuallyAutistic author. As an autistic blogger myself, I was more than happy to take part and share my thoughts on the first chapter and expectations for the rest of the book.

My name is Levi. I’m a journalist, I’m autistic, I’m bad at magic, and I swear I didn’t kill her.

Research for the paper usually falls into a few basic patterns. Someone in the city says there’s a troll under Buck O’Neil Bridge, or they’ll call just so a friendly ear will listen to them complain about a pixie infestation. That sort of content carries me through slow news weeks. It’s rare that I uncover a murder. Being framed for murder, though? That’s a first.
With the Wizard’s Council hunting me for a crime I didn’t commit, I’ve got no choice but to solve the murder and clear my name. If I don’t unravel this case, nobody will, and I’ll go down for it so hard I might never see the light of day again.

The opening of this book is amazing. You meet Levi, chained to a table and being interrogated by a Council member about a murder he alledgedly committed. Right away, the autistic traits shine through and it just made me chuckle as it reminded me so much of myself. Levi is in some deep shit he can’t talk himself out of, but tries to anyway with no-filter-whatsoever statements. Meanwhile he is worried about being able to smell what the interrogater had for breakfast, the smell of cheap coffee and something being stuck in his shoe.
The interrogation takes place in the middle of a regular park, but with an enchantment regular people around it don’t see or hear what is really going on, but they still see some people talking around a table. Instead of paying full attention to get himself out of a murder accusation, Levi knows everything that’s going on around him and even genuinely waves to a small kid. I just laughed some more, because that’s exactly what I’d do in a serious situation like that.

I love when books start in a chaotic way, especially when the main character is already in trouble or is about to be, as it really hooks you right into the story. M.N. Jolley did a realy good job executing this opening chapter and immediately I wanted to keep reading to get answers to all the questions I got, mainly ”How in the world did Levi get himself in this situation?”.
I really enjoyed the writing style aswell. It flowed nicely and it was easy to pay attentiont to and take in all the information. I only had to get myself to start reading, staying on it just went automatically and that’s such a good thing. It takes a lot of energy for my neurodivergent brain to force my brain to keep paying attention and comprehend what’s happening, so when it goes naturally, it’s an amazing feeling.

I have high expectations for the rest of the book; the premise is precisely up my alley, I really love Urban Fantasy to begin with, and the autistic representation is just amazing right from the start. Especially the latter matters a lot to me; Levi isn’t just autistic for the sake of being autistic and only acts like it here and there. No, he is autistic and it shows in every cravice of his character. It really shows the difference between representation and the inclusion of a specific type of character. I look forward to reading the whole book and share all my thoughts with you in a full review.

Goodreads | The StoryGraph
K.C. Warlock Weekly is free to download from the author’s website & ebook retailers.
You can support the author through Ko-fi and Patreon.

GIVEAWAY! M.N. Jolley is giving away 3 signed copies of KC Warlock Weekly! (US only)


About the author

M.N. Jolley is an author based in Kansas City. When he’s not splitting his attention between far too many half finished hobby projects, he writes fantasy novels, with a particular fondness for any conflict that can’t be solved through brute force alone. He is currently working on “The KC Warlock Weekly” and “The Sacrosanct Records”, because even in writing he can’t be pinned down to working on just one project at a time! 

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 3rd – Servillas Speaks https://servillasspeaks.wordpress.com/
April 4th – Soolepoh – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2HKJjRfxPL4PrZklpwv8Q
April 5th – Daley Downing – https://daleydowning.wordpress.com/
April 6th – Anniek’s Library – https://anniekslibrary.wordpress.com/
April 7th – EmmaNovella – https://youtube.com/c/emmanovella 
April 8th – Azaa’a Davis – https://azaaadavis.com/ 
April 9th – The Broke Book Blog – https://www.thebrokebookblog.com/ 

What YOU can do for #AutismAcceptance

It’s April again, which means that the world is going all out on #AutismAwareness day, week and month. It’s safe to say that April is overwhelming and discouraging for Autistic people, because our voices and all the hashtags are drowned out by puzzle pieces and misinformation. We are not only ignored, but our views and opinions are dismissed by non-autistic people in favour of their own or from organisations that don’t have our best interests in mind.

But I know there are a lot of allies out there that don’t know what to do to show proper support or might need some incentive, which is why I am writing this post to nudge people in the right direction. This is in no way a guide; it’s a helping hand that should get you started. There is so much more to do, but these are a few things everyone can do today, this week, this month, and far beyond that.


Follow the basics

Before starting doing anything, it’s important to get some of the baseline points into your system. Remembering and respecting the following is the bare minimum; there is a lot more to do before you are considered an ally or an advocate.

  • Don’t share or support anything by or associated by Autism Speaks. They are a hate group that only works for the people around autistic people, not for us. There are so many things wrong with the organisation, so I recommend Googling it, but in short: Only a fraction of their money actually goes to helping Autistic individuals; their goal is to get rid of autism, whether through a cure or genetic science; their marketing is based on spreading fear about Autism, which can be seen in their commercial ”I am Autism”, making it pretty much seem like Autism is a dangerous alien invasion here to harm you.
  • Don’t use puzzle pieces. They signify that we are broken or missing something, which simply is untrue, and they are infantilising, especially with the primary colours people often use. If you want to use a symbol, use the rainbow infinity sign.
  • Don’t ”Light it up blue” or use the colour blue. This movement was popularized by Autism Speaks and they are a hate group. It also signifies the stereotype that autism is just a ”boys thing”, which it isn’t. If you do want to use a colour, go for #RedInstead; a counter-movement initiated by the Autistic community iself.
  • Use identity-first language (”autistic person”) over person-first language (”person with autism”). The majoritiy of the community prefers it, as we all agree that Autism is a fundamental part of who we are, just like someone’s ethnic, sexual and gender identity are. You wouldn’t say ”a person with Blackness” or ”a person with lesbianism” either. However, there are Autistic people who prefer otherwise or don’t have a preference, so please respect that in individual cases.
  • Autism is a spectrum. There is no such thing as more autistic or less autistic, or ”high functioning”/”low functioning”. Each individual has their own sets of traits, sensitivities, strengths and weaknesses. You know, like any human being. Telling someone they are ”high functioning” or ”not that autistic” is telling them they are really good at hiding their true nature and pretending to be neurotypical for your comfort. It is an insult and harmful.

Educate yourself

Like with any matter regarding a marginalized group, it’s important to make an effort educating yourself rather than relying on members of the community to educate you. That said, with all the misinformation being spread about Autism, it’s a bit harder than just Googling to find correct information, so I want to provide a few guidelines.

  • As a rule, avoid resources provided by or in associated with Autism Speaks. As said above, they only work in the interest of people around Autistic people and work on a cure for Autism, among other things. Their resources contain enough truths to be believable, but there are more than enough falsehoods to make the information they provide harmful and even dangerous.
  • Read and use resources written and shared by #ActuallyAutistic people. When information is written by an Autistic person, it’s a lot more likely to contain truths, even if it’s just based on their own lived experience. Same goes for resources shared by them, as Autistic people are the ones who are best at judging whether the resource is helpful or not.
  • Regarding organisations, focus on ones led by Autistic people, such as Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN), for the same reasons as why resources written by Autistic individuals is more reliable.

Share posts and resources by #ActuallyAutistic people

Aside from educating yourself, you can use your platform to help and educate others. A simple retweet or sharing resources in your Instagram stories takes mere seconds of your time, but boosts the audience of that specific piece significantly. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time do be an active advocate, passively sharing might boost the information to someone who can.

On top of that, Autistic people are often seen as annoying when we are talking about Autism and people tend to just skip over it without action as it’s ”just an us problem”. By sharing, you show your followers that you, someone who is not autistic themselves, agree and support us and our views, boosting our credibility significantly. On top of that, non-autistic people are generally more likely to listen to people who are not-autistic aswell, meaning that your shares have a huge impact especially if you are not autistic yourself.

Echo what the Autistic community says

A big issue currently is that the Autistic community is severely outnumbered by parents, teachers and organisations. Not only that, but they also have more resources to post about it than we do. All hashtags are flooded by them, drowing the voices of #ActuallyAutistic people completely and preventing the correct information and the correction of misinformation to reach people who are just looking through the tags.

This is why we need you to not only share what we say, but echo it in separate posts and Tweets, preferably with hashtags attached, to increase the amount of posts online about the topic. We especially need non-autistic people to do so, even better if you are not disabled at all and preferably even white, as the people who flood the tags rather listen to people like them rather than people like us. But honestly, every Tweet and post you can make echoing what we say will help level the playing field.

Correct people

The most important thing of becoming an ally is to keep people responsible and call them out/correct them were needed. It doesn’t matter whether those people are your friends and family, or people online. Tell people that puzzle pieces are offensive, correct them when they use person-first language, make people understand that functioning labels are just a way for neurotypicals to say how good autistics are at masking and supressing their traits, and if someone is being ableist, call them out. Only with an active effort to correct people and keep them responsible, people will learn that what they are doing is hurtful instead of helpful and since the Autistic community doesn’t have enough credibility in the neurotypical community yet, we need the help of everyone who can.


Thank you for reading this post, I hope it was helpful!
I would appreciate if you’d share it or buy me a Ko-fi for the effort