In the autistic community, and in autism-related services, it happens too frequently that autistic people feel the same social exclusion and isolation they do from the rest of the world. This standard for fairness should be automatic for all situations.
I’ll only flourish in an environment that lets me be authentic, so I need to channel my grandmother and keep her influence around me. It’s not about being better. It’s about maximizing my unique, clumsy effort.
Autistic artist and writer, Ra Vashtar, shares "Crossed Wire's Song," a poem about being different, accompanied by "mind not to scale." an art piece exploring the experience of a mind that feels too big.
The New York Times dropped all journalistic standards to publish a commercial for Applied Behavior Analysis without critical review of the facts-- like that it's not a therapy, it doesn't work, and it's abusive to autistic people.
Using personal experience and science, I was able to self diagnose myself in my early twenties. Finding the average age of an autistic is 36 - 37 years old...I let that sink in for a few months as I started to battle with myself about what I should focus on in the next phase of my life.