Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

Dear 50cent – this is what autism looks like

(updated with 50cent’s apology at the end of the post)

To 50Cent,

Oh dear, I don’t know if you intentionally set out to offend and upset so many parents of children and young adults with autism, but you have.

Autism is not something to throw at someone as a verbal insult, it is a life-long disability. Autism does not differentiate between race, religion or gender.

You have so many followers who hang onto your every word and are going to consider it okay to use autism as a mocking tool now. Whether the relevant tweets have now been deleted or not, they are easily found on Google.

Below are real children and young adults with autism/aspergers. Real people with real mums/dads/siblings and family who care for them very much.

Look at these pictures and I hope you will understand that autism is known as the invisible disability.

All these individuals and many, many more are looking for awareness, acceptance and understanding of their disability.

Autism looks like this:

M, aged 4:

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J, aged 5:

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JLC, aged 9:

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B, aged 6:

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T, aged 16:

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A, aged 4:

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E, aged 6:

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C, aged 2:

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L, aged 8:

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CT, aged 6:

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Z, aged 6:

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A, aged 9:

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F, aged 3:

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K, aged 8:

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L, aged 12:

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C, aged 8:

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N, aged 11:

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HJ, aged 18:

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M, aged 12:

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D, aged 8:

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O, aged 8:

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O, aged 6:

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D, aged 13.

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L, aged 12:

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K, aged 4:

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D, aged 3:

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J, aged 10:

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R, aged 4:

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S, aged 7:

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EM, aged 8:

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R, aged 13:

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E, aged 3:

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R, aged 8:

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C, aged 3:

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O, aged 8:

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J, aged 14:

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N aged 11:

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D, aged 12:

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M, aged 3:

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O, aged 4:

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B, aged 11:

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O, aged 10:

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K, autism adult & campaigner:

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N, aged 6:

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C, aged 4:

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C, aged 5:

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D, aged 5:

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G, aged 11:

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D, aged 18:

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C, aged 10 and B, aged 13:

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ZB, aged 6:

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AM, aged 7:

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Thank you, if you have scrolled down to the end.

Disorders on the autism spectrum are being diagnosed in 1 in 88 children, look at your follower numbers and consider how much of a proportion that could make up.

I’m just a mum (or Mumma as my autistic child calls me) trying to raise awareness.

Thank you for reading, Jeannette

Credits roll:
Thanks to the wonderful parents who gave their permission for their child’s photos to be used. Remember 1 in 88, there are many, many more.

@Elusiveteniq13 @Lostlodger1 @rosy_moo @frecklefrolics @mrshpalmer @Christina_Stott @Eamesemma @UBIQUITYIMAGERY @Charlie_girl14 @pachandler @81_sarah @freyaflossylala @darkalicemutter @LuckySupermom @hockeymorsa @Gillw23 @blackcatmichell @ASDKidsGrowUp @curvyjax @ouryve @Trevor_Donaghy @nicg4autism @sublimelifeOG @robynbrennan @Joeymom @natalie_elliot @BennettAnita @nualashort127 @NiciJT4Autism @rhysmum77 @allisonbreadon @theblondeview @mumsmadmoments @LifeAutism @treezuk @lisaj4autism @Charlotte2218 @violetsdiary @JoDC77 @Kevin_Healey @Trishasinbox @Calormom @CRCRsMommy @Clayhead_Kim @ClaireLouise82 @tiredx6 @flissy13 @LaurieMit

SUNDAY 8TH JULY:
β€œ@50cent: I realize my autism comments were insensitive, however it was not my intention to offend anyone and for this I apologize.”

Comments on: "Dear 50cent – this is what autism looks like" (6)

  1. proutyhouseof5crazies said:

    Hello I have an 8 year old with Autism….I heard about these comments 50 cents made as well…so very ignorant of him….I have enjoyed looking through your blog:-)

  2. I hadn’t heard a thing about these comments – I’m so proud of you for standing up for Autism families!! I’m the mother of a 10 year old Autistic lad who you’ve also stood up for – thank you!! Xx

  3. My son has been diagnosed on the spectrum and all though high functioning he has his quirks. No one would know except for his often inappropriate and rude behaviour in public or difficult situations. Those can be perceived as many things often I assume ill parenting.I’m still getting my head around it. Your post is brilliant all those pictures really helped me to take stock a little, all those happy faces help me to see what’s important.
    Thank you for standing up to ignorance for my boy too.

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