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        07-11-2013, 09:22 AM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Gossip, just sayin', I wouldn't let any autism advocate hear you say "you know the autistics". Soooooo not PC.
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        07-13-2013, 12:59 PM
      #32
    Weanling
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    Gossip, just sayin', I wouldn't let any autism advocate hear you say "you know the autistics". Soooooo not PC.
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    Agreed- thanks for pointing this out. TBH, I've struggled with this thread and how some posters have defined people with autism by their disability first. I.E. Saying "the autistic person" versus "a person with autism". I've ALWAYS used "people first language"- people with disabilities are real people first and foremost, who shouldn't be defined by their specific disability. Hearing someone say "the autistic kid" is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me :/

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        07-17-2013, 09:17 AM
      #33
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tbcrazy    
    Agreed- thanks for pointing this out. TBH, I've struggled with this thread and how some posters have defined people with autism by their disability first. I.E. Saying "the autistic person" versus "a person with autism". I've ALWAYS used "people first language"- people with disabilities are real people first and foremost, who shouldn't be defined by their specific disability. Hearing someone say "the autistic kid" is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me :/

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    I didn't mean it in a bad way but now reading over my comment it does sound a bit weird . And my teacher used to always tell our class that call them people with disabilities and not disabled people, because the latter is as if you're putting their disability before the person themselves.
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        07-18-2013, 05:50 AM
      #34
    Foal
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    My best friend is autistic and rides horses (she doesn't know she's my best friend yet, lol). I think it does have a positive affect on the person, although horses are unpredictable creatures, and you know autistics, they get easily frustrated and go into a rage where they can't always stop themselves. I'm not saying this is always the case though. Horses can easily frustrate and autistic person unless they're really well trained. My friend said to me that she sometimes gets really angry at her pony, but then she feels really bad afterwards. I don't know if this helps, just sharing what I know.
    Hey Gossip :) All knowledge and personal experiences are awesome!! Thank you for sharing. I know what you mean. I can get frustrated when I'm riding sometimes and I suppose depending upon the personality of both rider and horse, its easy to get angry or loose control of your emotions. But it's cool to here that she feels empathy for the horse when she reflects on her actions and/or emotions. It actually highlights how much she values her connection to the horse. Thank you again :)
         
        10-07-2013, 09:39 PM
      #35
    Foal
    A friend of mine, who owns the farm my where I grew up, said he used to teach children with autism. One little girl had never spoken until she rode and then she started having conversations with the pony. Her family was thrilled and amazed by what happened.
         

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