I’m Impatient.

I’m Impatient.

Thanks to the internet, we are able to learn SO much more about the experiences of people on all parts of the autism spectrum. Autistic adults are blogging, autistic teens are blogging, parents of autistic kids are helping their children blog about their experiences. They have Facebook pages where they share their insights, challenges, fears, thoughts, needs.

This post is an amazing summary of the challenges and frustrations autistic people face, much of which we neurotypicals need to take ownership of in order to change things for the better.

In order to understand autism – REALLY understand autism – we MUST include autistic people in the discussion. We can guess, postulate, suppose, theorize, etc., all day long, but we will not really KNOW what it is about until we neurotypicals stop thinking we know everything and ASK AUTISTIC PEOPLE. They are not “less than”, regardless of how they communicate. They have a lot to offer, and we have a lot to learn.

When an “expert” acts like they know everything, run the other way

Recently I joined several autism related groups on LinkedIn, and the number of professionals in the autism world who are sharing their knowledge, and actively seeking to learn more, is inspiring. I’ve participated in several discussions where autistic adult professionals have shared their experience, perspectives, challenges, etc., and the reception they receive from those “in the field” is generally one of “tell me more!” Continue reading