Of all the people who I encounter the people who don’t believe in Autism are the hardest to deal with. Like the Tooth Fairy or some other mythological creature, they say “Autism is something that doctors make up to give drugs to kids who weren’t raised right”.
They don’t understand that Autistic brains are physically and chemically different than “normal brains”. The non-believers don’t understand genetics, psychology or temperament. You can’t explain the science because they often don’t believe in science either.
As I stand in front of them they tell me that I “just need more practice” or am “not trying hard enough”. Sometimes they blame my problems on my parents for raising me wrong, which isn’t far since everyone in my life did the best they could.
My best is never good enough for these people and my pleas for help are only excuses to them. Toxic people, who may mean well, frustrating me beyond all reason enjoying their ignorance.
This has got to change. Autism is a real thing. I am a real person. I am doing my best and it’s all I’ve got.
How is it that in this day and age there are still people who don’t believe in Autism?