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The Autistic Brain
The autistic brain does intake and process empathy (and every other sensation) differently from the neurotypical brain. How each person on the spectrum experiences these differences will vary depending on how much his or her brain is divergent from the neurotypical wiring.
Iris, a woman in her mid-thirties, was a successful quality and compliance manager who transitioned to working part-time from home so that she could be a stay-at-home mom when her son was born. Her husband, Andrew, is the head of health...
In the world of autism advocacy, it is rarely the autistic voices which are pioneered in the mainstream. Neurotypical advocates use their voice and their privilege to speak on behalf of, or in place of, the autistic community.
No, we don't take everything literally.
In prevailing literature, people on the autism spectrum have all of their traits, their behaviors, and even their very existence pathologized. They are considered to have “mind blindness,” or the opposite of empathy, which means that they are unable to predict the feelings or thoughts of others.