I do not have Autism … and I would not presume to say I know from personal experience what it maybe like. But my world has been filled for at least the last 2 years (4.5 if you count it from birth) with little people with Autism. Both my own children and the wonderful other children that I have had the privilege of getting to know. I am not saying that the road is easy. For many of you … your childhood was filled from 2 years old (and sometimes younger) with therapy working 20+ hours a week 1:1 with adults … pushing you, challenging you to help you reach your potential. I know some small children that work harder than many adults. It is not easy. And that is just the therapy. That is before you deal with the social and sensory challenges, bullies and the ignorance, bigotry, selfishness and lack of empathy of some NTs. I know what it like to be in a room filled with people and just feel overwhelmed and so alone. It is horrible … I do understand. But that is not the world. It is just a small part of it.
There are people out there in the world that love and respect you. There are people out there in the world that will try and empathise with your situation and want to make the world an easier and more equitable place. There are people out there in the world that want to see all people with autism reach their potential and achieve their ‘best lives’. I am just one of thousands of voices that want all of these things and more. Things maybe hard for you now … but please hold on. Find your inner strength an hold on.
Life is beautiful … and together all of us in the Autism community – people with Autism, parents/siblings and other family members, professionals and just people who want to see a more equitable world can and will make things better for all people with Autism when we work together.