People with autism live in a world that is at best, uncomfortable, and at worst, simply impossible. It is a world not constructed to meet their specific needs, and more often than not, a world that does not attempt to understand them as an individual, as a person, as more than a diagnosis.
I'm done with Autism Awareness. I'm ready for Autism Acceptance. I know that autism is hard. Really hard. But I also know it comes with (often) hidden blessings. Here are just a few.
My Top Three Favorite Things About Autism:
- Many people with autism are completely transparent. No games. No ambiguity. Complete and total honesty. Want to know if you're having a bad hair day? Ask someone with autism. Or don't ask, they might tell you anyway.
- When many people with autism love, it is fiercely loyal. Whether it is a TV show, a book, a character, a teacher, or a friend--you never lose their love and affection.
- People with autism feel completely free to be themselves: you don't like it, they don't care. Authenticity is beautiful.
Understanding, not pity.
Appreciation, not simple awareness.
Different, not less.