This is NOT my video, but I did watch it today and was very moved by Amythest Schaber‘s speech. She has a LOT of GREAT videos and I would recommend her channel to anyone who wants to learn more about AS.
Watching / hearing Amythest tell her story almost had me in tears. People with Autism are said to struggle with empathy, but I believe we just experience it differently.
I don’t instantly feel what is considered empathy, but I am capable of it, especially if the situation is one that I have been through or can relate to personally. If not I can “force” myself to feel empathy by imaging myself in a situation that is similar. Once the feeling has arisen, I can feel it very strongly and even be moved to uncontrollable tears.
Her childhood stories bring up some of my most painful childhood memories, instantly bringing up the empathy that supposedly people with AS lack.