Self-advocates discuss the kinds of messages that they received about sex while growing up and whether they feel that they get the necessary supports to have romantic relationships.
I began to “presume competence” rather than make assumptions on face value.
I have learned over the years to ignore and persevere. I spent years in the classroom with people that talked with their voice to communicate while I sat alone and typed one paragraph at a time. Typing and communicating are the same.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Do it your way in your own time on your terms. Remember you can be anything you want to be, you may just have to do it a little differently in order to fulfill your dreams. Dream big and let the sky be the limit.
Anyone who can read body language in general can learn to read the body language of autistic people who send cues that way, even really unusual cues that have nothing to do with the neurotypical ones. It takes work, but it can be done.
Being on the autism spectrum to me was at one point in time a defining characteristic of who I am. It is not anymore.
Autistic is not a swear word. It is a beautiful word, a name for an identity that represents an entire group of people who are diverse in their personalities, characters, abilities, and deficits.
I quietly watch all of society believe that we are empty space – what we really are, is full with intelligence.
Acceptance is about respect, loving people for who they are, and apologizing when something you’ve done or said inadvertently hurts people.
I am who I am and there is no changing me. Accept me for who I am and you will see autism in a whole new light.