After surfing the internet over the past few days this GIF represents how I feel those without Autism see those with Autism raise awareness about their condition and aim for acceptance within the community. This is a generalization mind you and I could be completely wrong.
How do I explain this? I’ll do my best. Basically I feel like they either don’t care ( again probably not true) and/ or aren’t too sure what to think. When someone posts about Autism such as a Parent of someone with Autism, a Psychologist , an “Expert” etc. people take notice and gather information from them but when someone with Autism speaks up they can fall on deaf ears and/ or have what they say challenged.
Looking online there are viral posts such as ” Autistic Child has a meltdown- What will happen next will warm your heart” ( I made this headline up but it sums up some things I have found) , ” Mum shares heartbreaking posts about having a 3 year old with Autism.” These tend to show the “bad” things such as the meltdowns, being socially isolated, being bullied, ” not fitting in,” being stared at in the shops etc.
Personally I feel like these go viral as it highlights the bad and goes hand in hand with the common “traits” with Autism ( in the diagnostic criteria) such as socially isolating one’s-self, having meltdowns, experiencing sensory overload and “not fitting in with other’s.” Don’t get me wrong there are good viral posts out there such as someone with Autism achieving their goals and doing other great things but personally it seems the “bad” ones spread better. On another note the diagnostic criteria sounds really negative.
As there is so much information out there that is worded in ways such as “struggles with” ” isolates” ” being bullied” “can’t go to places because of sensory aspects” when good is mentioned or condescending information is given ( the positives instead of the negatives) this is seen as wrong and can be criticized. It’s time we spread more of the good and spoke up against the negative label put on us. As someone with Autism I aim to spread the good and hope to change some perspectives on Autism.
I apologize if this doesn’t make sense and I know this is poorly written. My hands won’t coordinate with my Brain, but on the same token I was able to get out what I wanted to say. See what I did there?
Until Next Time.
GIF CREDIT: https://giphy.com/gifs/season-16-the-simpsons-16×6-3orif2GRIuA4ZSlgQg