If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism
Autism […] involves varying levels of disability, depending on both the situation in which an individual is placed, and the expectations that are set.
Just as neurotypical people aren’t uniformly skilled at everything, autistic people have varying levels of competence in different areas of our lives.
[…] you can be excellent at one thing and barely coping at another. We simply can’t make such a sweeping generalisation of someone’s ability to function.
[…] There’s a related problem where autistic people will hear something from another autistic person, and assume that they have to be similar to that other autistic person.
If you look around the autistic community you’ll see artists and computer programmers and teachers and writers and engineers and activists and baristas and stage managers and linguists and mathematicians and speech therapists and managers and social workers and scientists and athletes and musicians and poets and sales people and business owners and vet techs and moms and dads and grandparents and students […]
Many people outside the autism community don’t understand the breadth of the autism spectrum, or the effect experience, age, and environment has on our development.
There is a whole spectrum of, very often,
reasonable [and relevant and meaningful] responses [and motivations] to unusual experiences
Partial quote, Elizabeth Bartmess
Writing Autistic Characters: Behaviorizing vs. Humanizing Approaches
Autistic people are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, coworkers and employees, students and teachers, friends and relatives, neighbors and community members. […] Autistic people have different abilities, different needs, different interests, and different personalities.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autism doesn’t make us better than other people, and it doesn’t make us worse. We’re not subhuman, and we’re not superhuman. We’re just people.
We’re autistic, we’re human, get used to it
Think about it this way: is there a one-size-fits-all description that sums up what it means to be human? Of course not, but does that put anyone off trying to describe it? No; instead it inspires people to explore every aspect of the human condition, doing their best to unravel its mysteries in new and intriguing ways, in the hope of giving us a deeper understanding of who we are.
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I absolutely love this. The first quote was perfect! Thanks for liking my post! I’m so glad it led me to yours!
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