AUTISM EQUALITY

I know equality between people with Autism and “normal” people will never happen. At least not in my lifetime. I think it would be nice, sure, but at the same time, I would be out of a job if that were to happen. That is to say, if everyone understood Autism and what it means to have it. To me, having Autism is a way of life and is what makes me…me. Part of me kinda likes the fact that people don’t fully understand Autism and keep looking into it. So do I want equality? Controversial as it sounds, yes and no. Sure, it’d  be nice if people finally “got it” but I just don’t think it will happen. There will always be that person, or that one group of people, who think “God I hate those people!” “Those people” can be any number of things. Whether it be Jewish, Autistic, African-American, Mexican (*Cough* Trump *Cough*) or whatever, it does not matter. We, or they, will always experience resistance. I accept that…kind of. Say what you will about me. I don’t give a shit anymore. I have “been there, done that” when it comes to Autism. I have heard backlash against the Autistic community. Leave the rest of them out of it. If you are gonna attack anyone, attack me. I am the one offending you, not the rest of the Autistic community. My purpose or goal in life is to educate people about my life on the Spectrum. So, yeah, I am torn between whether I want equality and understanding or not. I am an advocate for Autism rights and understanding and a self-advocate. So I feel screwed either way. If Autism were to be “cracked” or figured out and “cured”, I am out of a job. BUT on the other hand, if things remain the way they are, I keep my job but will continue to be “misunderstood” and judged for the rest of my life. Please feel free to write in and let me know how you guys feel on this somewhat controversial topic. Thanks!

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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