The original edition of this post was written for Tumblr last August. Until my post on “ASL for Autistic Adults in Tight Spots” (see previous post), it was my most-Tumblr’d piece.
This edition is updated to reflect the intervening gain in self-knowledge &etc.
An incomplete list of things I have been told all my life are personal failings and/or signs of immaturity that I would eventually “grow out of,” but that actually turned out to be my autism.
1. Not being able to remember faces. Even if I have seen them many times before. I have actually failed to recognize members of my own family when I have run into them in unexpected situations (grocery stores, movie theatres). I now alert my students at the start of every semester: even if I manage to match names and faces inside the classroom, I will probably fail to recognize them entirely…
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