By Willow Delp | The Amherst Student

October 4, 2023

Today, the day I began this piece, I heard a group of Amherst students complaining about “speds.” A sped, for those who don’t know, is helpfully defined in Wiktionary; it is “a special education student, usually an autistic person.” For those unfamiliar, the term is informal, derogatory, and offensive. It’s a shortening of the phrase “special education.” It is one of the countless ways allistic (non-autistic) people demean, mock, and belittle autistics, or anyone perceived as such. Read more…

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