Lamar Hardwick – The Mighty – The Real Reason You Don’t Think I’m Autistic

Lamar Hardwick contributor to popular disability page The Mighty shares a story that many of us can relate to. In response to a comment that many of us have heard before “You don’t look / seem Autistic? You must not be THAT Autistic.” As if all Autistic people look the same. :-/

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9 thoughts on “Lamar Hardwick – The Mighty – The Real Reason You Don’t Think I’m Autistic”

  1. I endured a lot of verbal abuse by (supposedly) professionals ranging from behavioral health workers to certified neuropsychiatrists. Lazy, spoiled and con-artist to name a few.

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  2. What a great post! They are also the words I hate to hear at school IEP meetings because it means you are denying my son’s reality. We are all unique and different there is no rubber stamping of who we all are as humans.

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  3. I experience similarly with epilepsy. Cannot see — do not believe.

    BTW — Thank you for the link to The Mighty web site. Found some interesting perspectives on autism and epilepsy. 🙂

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      1. Interesting if not confusing! :/

        Saw it. In many ways sensory processing disorder is a really struggle. I experience likewise, but in a different way. I have learned to embrace it in a way I never thought possible. Being an engineer and a gal who loves woking on cars and trucks as well as making quilts, I find my completely “hyper-processed” senses (for lack of a better term) of touch, hearing, and sight to be an invaluable asset helping me to experience the world around me in a way others will never understand. I also fully understand that so many people who struggle with it find it to be completely maddening. I see that with my brother and at times myself as I would like just float in complete sensory deprivation at times. Maybe not quite the same as being autistic, but then again maybe so?

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  4. the misconception of autism has spread rapidly at the middle school my son attends. Apparently the catch phrase when some one does something wrong or different is What are you autistic? or You would have to be autistic not to know….. I have encouraged my son to speak up,telling him you have the power to change the face of autism.Anyone who judges someone based on a disability they know nothing about is wrong and should not be tolerated. Autism has become a dirty word,causing shame and fear. My son hides his autism but some of his friends know and they forget and say things about autism too. I dont know how to handle this situation.When I was a child the phrase was What are you retarded? And if caught saying something like that you were reprimanded. No one was allowed to call anyone stupid or retarded.The thing is a child can deny being stupid…..I am not stupid…..What should my son say….I am not autistic?

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