Monday, November 18, 2013

What is autism?

What is autism?

Living a life that others don't understand. Being told that you aren't "really disabled" because of being verbal. And at the same time being told that you are not good enough, that you need to be normal, that you need to act how they do. Struggling alone. Doing the best you can to be the best you can. And not being acknowledged, because people want something else.

What is autism?

Autism is being able to identify individual learning styles quickly because we cannot understanding people intuitively, and need to analyse every thing actively. Learning styles are no different than attempting to figure out anything else about the person.

Autism is needing to say that you can't do something, and not knowing when to, or how to, and if it gets through that to actually saying something, then not actually being listened to.

Autism is overwhelming joy with something as simple as a toy made for a 2 year old. Simplicity is not a thing to overlook or look down on.

Autism is not understanding the world around you, and needing to make sense of it; not always being aware of everything, or being aware of too much.

Autism is learning about things in depth, taking in all the information about subjects and being able to call it up any time its relevant.

Autism is being told that we don't live past 18. That autism is only for children. That we don't exist.

Autism is saying that typing is communication, handflapping is communication, and we'll fix that "we don't exist", we'll find our own way into the world, because we need to.

What is autism?

Simply us. And we're not broken.

Written for the "This is autism" flashblog

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