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Man and Autistic Girl Laughing
Hi, everyone! I haven't been on Wikia for a long time, so I'm basically new to the community here. It is my hope that we can all work together to make Wikia a positive, informative, and respectful autism resource.

I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, then Asperger Syndrome, then just basic autism by a variety of experts 2 years ago and onward, and after a lot of careful research from the autistic community on my part. I am now in college and have joined an autism club, and more recently, a class for autistic students.

I have a background in creative and essay writing, and have worked on building up wikiHow's Autism Spectrum section (and more recently its new Autism Project) for the past year.

Autistic Man and Woman Happy Stimming

What I Stand For

I am a firm believer in the idea that autistic voices (verbal or not, from all over the spectrum) should be uplifted and valued. Whenever I write, I take care that my work embodies the principles of...

  • Respect—Upholding the dignity of autistic people is crucial.
  • Fairness and accuracy—I carefully research my work as much as I feel is needed. I want my work to be accurate, and to let the facts speak for themselves.
  • Inclusion and diversity—Autistic people are nothing if not diverse. I take care to respect all people who are different from me. (If you feel that I ever said something hurtful, please tell me.)
  • Collaboration—My thoughts and ideas are only the beginning. If you see a page that I write, and you have new ideas for improvements, please do so. All voices are important, and more perspectives help represent the diversity of the spectrum.
Laughing Woman with Cerebral Palsy and Man by MissLunaRose

An example of my art!

How I Can Help

I have ideas for building up this wikia, both by expanding and refining existing articles, and by starting new ones. These include...

  • More articles on autism symptoms, including positive ones, and more details on what they look like in different people
  • More articles on the Autistic community
  • Focus on autistic readers (although loved ones are of course welcome too)
  • At least one image per article; I am an illustrator and can draw things
  • Creating a tone that encompasses respect, acceptance, and at times positivity; no gloom and doom regarding the fact that we exist
  • More helpful resources for those who need them

When my doctor first mentioned autism to me, I felt confused and uncertain about my future. It was the Autistic community that provided encouragement and answers. It is my hope that we can build Wikia into a resource that does this for other autistic people (and loved ones), so they can get accurate information without blame or shame, and feel that it's going to be okay.

I look forward to meeting you all, getting to know each other, and working as a team. Please feel free to introduce yourselves in the comments so I can meet you all! I believe that we can work together to make this wiki great.

MissLunaRose (talk) 22:01, January 17, 2016 (UTC)

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