After a lifetime of gaslighting and invalidation, and not knowing she was autistic, one woman reflects on the dangerous situations she was in because she was taught to ignore red flags and not trust her own feelings.
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.
Those who are different are excluded, bullied or at best dragged down from above as mascots. An ideal team in reality seems to consist only of "Leonardos," people pretending to be Leonardo, people imitating Leonardo, and people obeying Leonardo…
Comedian, autistic advocate, photographer, and film maker Sophie Lavender gives a Ted Talk about her experience with child abuse and how autism helped her to survive and maintain her sense of individuality-- and her sense of humor.