Why do people say that? I hearit all the time. Angry parents can be nasty when I say I’m Autistic. How can I say such a thing while living on my own, talking, and holding a job?
I am an invisible Autistic. We are everywhere, many of us suffer silently because people always accuse us of lying if we try to come out.
It’s impossible for me to speak to someone who thinks that I am lying. I shut down and my words evaporate, making a fool of myself.
Unable to explain or ask for help some of us stop trying. We are “too high functioning” for our opinions to matter but not “functioning” well enough to lead normal lives.
She said, “You have Asperger’s; you’re not autistic”.
News flash: Asperger’s is a form of autism. It’s on the spectrum.
But what she probably meant is what a lot of autism moms would mean if they said something like, “You’re not like mychild.”
So, I was autistic on the phone with my family member, I have been all of my life, and I will remain autistic until the day I die.
I find it unfortunate that these stereotypes still exist. I’m supposed to look or behave in a certain way, otherwise there’s no way I could be autistic. I wish more people would pick up a book or listen to actual autistics and not just remember the movie Rain Man.
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