“The expression people pull when they are making instant judgements about James and me. Judgeyface”.
That’s Louise, speaking in her blog about the contempt and hostility that she and her autistic son, James, face when out in public.
We agree 100% with Louise’s blog, because we know Louise is not alone in seeing that ‘judgey face’. If you’re an autistic person trying to deal with too much information, those looks make you feel even more isolated. 74% of families living with autism told us they regularly face tuts and disapproval. 87% said people stare at them.
Louise put out a call on social media for people to “show us your #JudgeyFace, then lose it for good”. As part of our Too Much Information campaign, we’re getting behind Louise’s idea.
We don’t think autistic people should be judged just for being themselves. It’s thejudgey faces themselves that deserve the contempt and judgement.
No one looks good with a #JudgeyFace. So show us yours by uploading your most judgey selfie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JudgeyFace, and nominate your friends to show theirs.
You’d be joining famous faces like Leigh Francis (aka TV’s Keith Lemon), Strictly’s Arlene Phillips, and Fresh Meat’s Kimberly Nixon, who have been sharing their most severe JudgeyFaces this week.
You can’t see autism. But everyone sees those judgey faces. So show us your #JudgeyFace and nominate your friends. Then lose it for good.