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An apology to the Autistic Community (and a thanks)

Ten years ago I wrote a novel called The Fridgularity. As I often do, I prefaced it with some quotations I thought applicable to the themes of the book; one of those quotes referred to Autism as an objectionable condition.

Since the book was published I have come to know some Autistic readers and I have been made aware of the Autistic Self-Advocacy movement.

Recently, an Autistic fan pointed out how that quote was offensive and hurtful to Autistic people. This was not my intention, so I have excised the pernicious part of the quote from all the electronic versions of the book. When I have the opportunity, I will do the same thing for the paper editions.

My goal is to always punch up ā€“ even if that occasionally includes punching myself in the face ā€“ and to be an ally.

And Iā€™d like to thank the reader on Twitter who gave me the opportunity to address this in what I hope is a positive way.