What does autism mean to you if you’re autistic yourself, or if you are a loved one of somebody who is going along on a constant journey to find themselves?
Does it mean a sense of frustration when things just don’t work in the way that they do for ‘normal’ people? Does it mean confusion and then annoyance when other people that don’t understand autism are narrow minded enough to assume that you are just badly behaved or ignorant? Does it mean vomit on your shoes?
Okay, that last thought may seem a little bit strange but when compared with the first two, each of those scenarios apply to me. Different events throughout development have shaped my view of autism, and I think it is time to find out if anybody else has experienced similar moments that have defined their autistic understanding if I’m going to improve my own. Continue reading