Autism is not my disability.

Autism is not my disability, altough I truly believe that it is the root of all my “superpowers”.

My disability is invisible because I am able to blend in with society. People don’t know if I am suffering. When I speak up asking for help I am told that I am not “Autistic enough”.

Autism is not the disability, although symptoms of my sensory processing difficulties can leave me crippled and unable to function.

The disability is society’s misunderstanding of Autistic people.

Cure culture says erase the Autism. Neurodiversity begs you treat us with compassion, learn about us, and accept us as we are.

Autistic children are sent to therapy to help them look “less Autistic”. They learn to be still, and learn how different they are from everyone else.

We become self-conscious and learn that our differences are something to be ashamed of.

So no, I am not disabled. Society has unrealistic expectations.

 

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36 thoughts on “Autism is not my disability.”

  1. That’s lovely, and can be applied to so many of society’s ills and quirks. Beautiful touch, and you’re right, the disability lies not with you, but with society, and its inability to appreciate and respect those who don’t conform to its ideas of ‘normal’. Cheers

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  2. You are right you are not a condition or the disability and it does not define us, rather disability defines the rest of the world and a lack of basic comprehension. To try and fit everything into a mould to the try and reshape it to certain specifications – is unbelievable but we do…and it should stop. Keep blogging and shouting.

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  3. I definitely agree that our culture has a disability & symptoms include intolerance, impatience, apathy and selfishness. I think the focus needs to be on treating disabling symptoms of autism, like coping-skills, managing anxiety, taking medication for some, and learning how to interact with others when necessary. 1 dimensional thinking is also a problem. Employ people to work from home (college degree or not). Have a variety of living environments for people (not just autistics) who need extra care (as I do) and are very low-sensory to support for those who can live in regular homes and apartments.
    A symptom is an indicator, sign or indication according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, usually of an illness, disease or condition-not my words-Merriam Webster’s.

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  4. Hello again. I was discussing the topic of autism and disability with my therapist yesterday. She said she is pretty open minded about it being either. It’s how the individual experiences it. I’m fine with that as long as my services never get cut off. I’m reliant on state funded services and wonder about that. That’s why I post about this topic on my blog, as a way of saying “I’m out here” and in defense of any future insurance discrimination.

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    1. I agree. If the world was more accepting of us, and better understanding of our needs, life would feel less disabling.

      Ex – every single time I put ear plugs in in public I have to explain myself to the people who are with me. Most of the time people think that I am being high maintenance or difficult so I just leave my earplugs in my bag and suffer on, ESPECIALLY in a professional setting.

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      1. No…don’t let others steal your independence. Wear the earplugs. If you need to buy earplugs, earplugstore.com has a wide varitey of them. Different material and hard to find sizes (like child size). Different degrees of blocking out sound as well. I’ve had success with them.

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  5. What a wonderful way to express this thought. I agree, society’s expectations are more than enough to make even the most able feel “disabled” if we’re unable to blend like the rest. I have an invisible illness too. This was a nice way to destigmatize living with invisible illnesses.

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  6. I have invisible illnesses; I am disabled by certain physical conditions, and I do consider those limits outside of my self. I also have OCD, another invisible condition.
    But I don’t see Autism/Aspergers as a condition. I’ve been an aspie my whole life, the wiring of my brain affects my entire concept of the world around me. I don’t consider that a condition to be fixed, it is a part of me. My autism is NOT my disability because while I do struggle in some areas, I really excel in others. I don’t feel disabled by my autism, but I do consider it part of my definition of me, and I would never want to lose it.

    I know the point of this post was about a disabling society, which there definitely is, but for me I am trying to own my autism so that no one can try and oppress it. I don’t want it cured, I want it embraced.

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