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As a self-advocate explains here, Google's suggestions for search queries if you type in "autistic people are" or "autistic people should" are seriously problematic. As of right now, Google suggests that autistic people are annoying, smart, dangerous, rude, retarded, funny, evil, violent, stupid, and selfish. Typing "autistic people should" into Google is worse: it completes the phrase with "be killed," "die" and "be exterminated." It also suggests searching for "why autistic people shouldn't have children" and "should we kill autistic people." In preparation for April, which is apparently Autism Awareness Month, the autistic community is trying to flash-blog on these topics ("autistic people are" and "autistic people should") to alter Google's search suggestions and bring less problematic search results to the attention of anyone looking for information about autism during April.

To that end, the blogs Autistic People Are and Autistic People Should have been created. Nonautistic help is also welcome (or I wouldn't be posting this).

On a related topic of merely academic interest, typing "disabled people are" into Google gets the following suggestions:
Not your inspiration
Discriminated against
Annoying
Useless
People too
Scroungers
Funny
Discriminated
Oppressed

(I agree with most of those. We are definitely annoying, funny, discriminated against and not your inspiration.)

Google seems deeply conflicted about what disabled people should, because it suggests that disabled people should be treated equally, disabled people should be killed, disabled people should work and disabled people should not work, among other suggestions. Be that as it may, April isn't Disability Awareness In General Month, so the problem is less pressing. Someone might do something about it at some point in the future, though. (Disabled people should be less oppressed! Disabled people should be loved! Disabled people should be blogged about! These are all quite certain, Google.)

Okay...

Date: 2013-02-17 09:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>>Nonautistic help is also welcome (or I wouldn't be posting this).<<

Well, you can take any of my relevant writing and chuck it into the gap to attempt to improve the functionality of weblanguage regarding autistic people. Reprints are easy and might help more folks find An Army of One. It's not like there's a lot of autistic-friendly literature anywhere, so spreading what there is should be helpful. Finding somebody able to discuss poetry, hard but would be awesome. Finding somebody to interview me about the series, maybe easier.

A recommended reading list of literature about autism would be cool. Also pull in any other authors of autistic-friendly material, if you can.

Maybe run posts asking people to fill in the blanks on "Autistic people are..." and "Autistic people should..." Also "could be" and "will be" are worth considering, because then you can think about the movement in the future.

Re: Okay...

Date: 2013-02-17 09:03 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Done.

Google suggestion issue

Date: 2013-04-07 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Has this had the desired effect?

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