VARYING OPINIONS

Today I would like to talk about something I think is interesting. That is the varying opinions of Autism…within the Autism community. Take Julia, the Autistic Muppet on Sesame Street for example. I remember when Julia first debuted, I watched the clip with two friends at my agency. I assumed they’d both have the same reaction I did: That they did a great job. Oh, how wrong I was! One of the people I watched it with loathed it. He said “I used to love Sesame Street but now I might have to boycott it. The show has gone too far!” The other person thought they didn’t do enough and did not accurately portray Autism. Then you’ve got someone like me who couldn’t be happier with the outcome and was completely satisfied. Another example is how people on the Spectrum view other living people on the Spectrum. These are our peers and we have varying views on them as much as “normal” society does on us. There are some people I cannot stand who are on the Spectrum. Sadly, I have to deal with them on a daily basis at my agency. I just think they are super annoying or full of themselves. Obviously, I do not think that way about all of the people at my agency. I get along with most of them really well. But there are exceptions. I am also very careful…extremely careful…at my job. What I say about Autism is very personal and about me only. My job, if I can put it like this, is to persuade people that not all Autistic individuals are alike. I know if I say one controversial thing, it’s probably my ass on the line. I think all people have varying opinions and views on everything. Whether it be real, living people, inanimate objects (like a puppet), or just expectations in general. I have a very different opinion on what Autism is than let’s say my dad. Why? Because I live it. I know what Autism is to me. He might think he knows how I and others are impacted. Truth be told, he has no idea. I live my life according to how I am impacted. Me alone and only me. I have my opinions on other people, but that might be a little jaded of me because I do not know how they are impacted.
So what do you think of this? Do you agree with me or disagree? And why? Thanks for reading!
-Tom

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

One thought on “VARYING OPINIONS”

  1. I agree with you. We are all so different. My brother and dad think they know everything about how Autism affects me which I know they don’t. I am the only one who understands how it impacts me. I have to be careful what I say about Autism since I am with POG since I represent them as a member of the group.

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