5. Autistic people can discriminate too!

Lots of different kinds of people are autistic. Some autistic people are also:

  • People of color
  • Women
  • Trans
  • Non-binary
  • Gay
  • Muslim
  • Jewish
  • Lots of other things!

Society discriminates against lots of different kinds of people, and autistic people are a part of society. That means autistic people can also discriminate. Sometimes, autistic people discriminate against other autistic people. An autistic man might discriminate against an autistic woman, or a white autistic person might discriminate against an autistic person of color.

For example:

  • Yolanda is an autistic woman of color. She goes to an autism group, and talks about a time that someone was racist to her. The other people at the group tell her to talk about something else. They say her story isn’t important because it isn’t about autism. They make Yolanda feel bad about being a person of color, so she leaves the group and does not come back.

Discrimination keeps people out of groups. If your group discriminates, people might feel left out and stop coming to your group. If you want your group to include everyone, don’t discriminate.