2 thoughts on “10 Things Autistic People Wished You Knew about April & “Autism Awareness Month”

  • April 3, 2019 at 11:46 am

    What I struggle with in this article is that you want people to identify under a hashtag that represents those who identify as Aspergers. That is only one part of the Autism community, and in no way reflects the reality of all of the people under the Autism Spectrum. By changing the hashtag to Aspergian you have isolated every other person under the spectrum that does not identify with this label, nor is it an accurate label for their experience of Autism. This may be true for those who self identify as an “Aspie” since that label no longer is recognized. But your experience is vastly different from one who doesn’t have speech, or the ability to integrate as fully as you do in your community. I can’t say whether or not my son likes the puzzle piece, or if my son wants treatment, because he can’t tell me those things himself. But here is what I do know, without “treatment” my son would still have no speech, extreme sensory difficulties, uncontrollable Anxiety, and essentially be incredibly isolated. So please be clear, you do not represent Autism, you represent those who identify as Aspergers within the Autism community, in my opinion.

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    • April 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Shari,

      Thank you for pointing that out, but I would like ask that you look at the article again. The Aspergian is a website with autistic writers at all levels of support needs and not a shout-out to only autistic people who are diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome. The Aspergian’s “about” section covers its purpose and mission, and the writers represent a tremendous degree of diversity within the spectrum.

      Also, if you would refer to the article, it is addressed that many of the adults who write for the Aspergian were nonverbal as children or are still non-verbal. You have very little idea how much I’m able to integrate into my community because all you’ve seen is what I’ve chosen to show you. I am fully autistic, and I do not just write from my own perspective. I represent autistics as much as each individual autistic wants to be represented by me, but I spend a lot of time with autistic people, and for the most part they are grateful that I am using the privileges I have and access to the mainstream to represent their voices. I’m also a psychology professional with a graduate education and am specialized in neurodiversity.

      I would love to be able to point you to articles and information that might be helpful to you, but I won’t do that kind of labor unless you actually want that.

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