When I first got diagnosed with autism, I didn’t know the difference between a “person with autism” and an “autistic person” or why the puzzle piece wasn’t a good symbol. BUT, from now on, I am an autistic person who is represented by the infinity symbol. Wondering what the distinction is and why it’s so important to me? Read on!
Trying to eat just like an allistic/neurotypical/non-autistic person does can be quite a challenge. It’s not that I, as an autistic person, am being picky or difficult; I have sensory issues and they make eating a challenge!
One of my favorite sayings is if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. But, maybe my experience is similar to an autistic person you do know and this post will help you understand their life experience better!
As a friend often says, people can’t read your mind. That works both ways, as in people can’t read your mind and you can’t read theirs. When you have an invisible disability like autism, it’s also a challenge in that employers, friends, family, or just the world in general doesn’t know that you might need extra help. So, it’s important to advocate for yourself and ask for what you need to make your life a little easier.