#ActuallyAutistic was a hashtag used by the autistic community.

The #autism hashtag was commonly used to show support. It lost support since the tag was used for pictures of autistic people that were usually posted without their permission, friends or family of an autistic person, hateful remarks about autism, or on posts from Autism Speaks who is commonly seen as an enemy among autistic people.[1]

The autistic community on Tumblr created the hashtag as a safe space for discussion.[2] The tag has spread to other online platforms such as Twitter and DeviantArt. Members of the Autism community commonly see its use by non-autistic (neurotypical) people as bad ethics[3][4] though they are still able to read discussions that were posted with the tag and support them as allies.

External Links


  1. Yes, That Too; Why actually autistic tag
  2. ASAN tumblr: What is with the tags "actuallyautistic"...
  4. F Yeah Autism Spectrum tumblr: People without autism (or, allistic folk): Please stop ruining my tracked tag. (content warning for swearing)