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Welcome to the ActuallyAutistic Wiki! This is a community-driven guide to all aspects of autism, allism, and helping build bridges between neurotypes. It emerged recently from the #ActuallyAutistic community on Twitter.

About this wiki

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Autism specific


Outmoded terminology

While many autists have moved away from these terms, some continue to use them to describe their experience. Please remember that people may have complex reasons for the words they choose, and that differences in vocabulary are okay. In short, while it's important to understand how these outdated terms play to most autists, it's also not helpful to police other people's word choices.

List of Autistic traits (incomplete)

Not every autistic person necessarily has many of the traits listed below, but these traits do tend to show up more often in autistic people than in non-autistic people.

Core autistic traits

Autistic nonverbal communication

Autistic verbal communication

Gender and sexuality

Imperatives and neurological





Traumagenic Autistic traits

(Contradiction...?) --Fochti (talk) 18:56, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

No, they are logical fears that are irrational out of context of ND.

I think the page could be titled differently then, it sounds very ambiguous/unclear to me? --Fochti (talk) 18:56, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

  • Social anxiety
  • Pathological demand avoidance/pervasive drive for autonomy extreme demand avoidance the following description is purely hypothetical and not composed in consultation with the adult PDA community: the combination of Autism and ADHD driving a non-stop rollercoaster ride of fight or flight responses (the autism wanting routine and the adhd wanting spontaneity) feeding the need to claw back control, reducing the brains capacity to regulate and rationalise likely resulting in crashes and observable ‘extreme reactions’ to what may be perceived as minor events. (This is what I am currently working on as part of my MA in Autism).

Additional Autistic traits


Information and sensory processing

Information processing differences


Many autistics have differences in their senses, such as maybe hypersensitive to sound but hyposensitive to smell. These articles should try to document examples of both types as well as potential ways to compensate.

Autistic survival guide

Allistic sociology 101

Culture-specific differences

Psychology 101

Neurology 101

Communication and miscommunication

Office and work dynamics

Dating and relationships

Accommodations and support

Diagnostic journey

Mental health

Autism "research" and "therapy"

Mainstream research on autism is often problematic in various ways.



Social media

Autistic culture

Articles and threads

Unsure about where to put something? Just put it here!