It’s hard not to want to rush people on the journey to where you are. The journey is personal, and we must work to not scare others off the path when they’re not where we are.
Yesterday, I wrote a post detailing a conversation that I’d had with an autistic man regarding the Autism Acceptance magnet on the back of my car. If you haven’t yet read it, I’d be grateful if you’d take a moment to do so before continuing so that what follows will be in context. Read the post here.
My dear friend M at Invisible Strings left the following comment on that post:
i appreciate your willingness to interact with him the way you did. if this gentlemen were to go online, interact on blogs and social media, and express his current feelings…he would be shouted down, accused of being a terrible person for not being on board with the pride angle. some people get mired in depression and/or self-loathing…they internalize feedback from the rest of the world and end up believing that their differences are something to be ashamed of…
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