Normally people would introduce themselves, following by a little description about their blog, but I’m going to do things a little differently. I’m going to focus on the autistic voice.
I’m going to start my blog with an interview, bringing together a mixture of autistic perspectives. I mean, who better to describe autism than the autistics themselves!
I asked #ActuallyAutistic individuals three questions, questions that gives an insight to what autism is all about:
1. What does autism mean to you?
Aspling: Autism to me is a strength, my superpower. Autism is a part of who I am. I know it’s a condition, and I know I struggle, but honestly, it makes me who I am, someone I can be proud of!
Actually-Aspergers: Autism is different to many people, but for me autism is learning to understand yourself and society around you. Nobody on the Spectrum is the same, which I think makes us individually unique.
Staticdenial: Autism means that sometimes, I can’t do things that other people can do, but it also means I can do things that other people can only dream of.
Alterouspotato: To me, Autism is a different way of being, in mind and body and soul. My brain is a rainbow tapestry that has it’s good parts and it’s bad parts, but in the end is what makes me who I am.
2. What is one thing you want people to know about autism?
Aspling: We are all different, all unique. We may not look autistic, but we are, and you should accept it!!
Actually-Aspergers: Autism should be accepted, no matter who you are, and I hope one day this will become a reality.
Staticdenial:I want people to know that Autism doesn’t make you less intelligent or less of a person. We have opinions, we have feelings and thoughts and we care about things.
Alterouspotato: Allistics, we don’t want your sympathy; we want you to listen to us, respect us, and to try and understand us.
3. What has having autism taught you, what have you learnt?
Aspling: I have learnt to be proud of who I am, proud to be an autistic. I’ve also learnt that I can do anything I put my mind to. And of course, I’ve learnt that I am NEUROFABULOUS!
Actually-Aspergers: Always try and be yourself, no matter what others tell you! And I know it’s f**king hard, due to all the ableism and stigma surrounding us autistics. I don’t know much about autism myself, but from Tumblr and this community I’ve learnt that Autism is to be accepted, not just raising awareness. Just meeting other autistics online, this just goes to show how neurodiverse we are as a community.
Staticdenial: I’ve learnt that you should give everyone a chance, because I know I want people to take a chance on me.
Alterouspotato: Being Autistic has taught me that there is so much beauty in this world, often in the tiniest things that other people overlook. It has taught me to be more understanding of others and even myself. It has taught me that being different is okay, and can even be wonderful. And it has taught me to know better whose minds can be opened and changed to understand us and whose minds will remind tightly shut.
Autism has a negative connotation in society, treated like something to be feared. We have autism, but we are still human, we have thoughts feelings and a beating heart.
Thank you to Actually-Aspergers, Staticdenial and Alterouspotato for their wonderful insight into the life of the neurodiverse!