DISABILITY OR INABILITY?

I think people get the wrong idea about Autism. They think because a person has Autism they will never succeed. WRONG AS HELL! I hate to sound egotistical but I am living proof that people who have this wacky idea are wrong. I have had so many successes in my life, and so have many of the people I know that are on the Spectrum.

I know Autism is clinically defined as an “intellectual disability” or a “learning disability” but I think that is even a little inaccurate. I do not personally see my diagnosis as a “disability”. I see it, controversial as it sounds, as an inability to “properly” function in normal situations. BUT I am not in any way, shape or form saying people who are “disabled” are inferior or incapable to do anything. Far from it. Note, these are my views and opinions. If you want to murder me, do it in the comments section to save yourselves a lot of legal trouble.

I have a job. So right there I prove your logic is full of shit. “People with Autism will never work”. Not only do I have a job, I have had several jobs. The last one I had I held for nearly five years. Granted, it was a once a week job, but still it was a job. Many of my friends on the Spectrum or even with other “disabilities” have steady jobs.

Another bullshit logic claim is that people with Autism will never marry or fall in love…at least not “real” love. Let me tell you assholes who believe this something: I HAVE BEEN IN A LOVING RELATIONSHIP FOR EIGHT YEARS! And yes, I intend on marrying my girlfriend. Like me, she is on the Spectrum so I know Goddamn well this logic is not accurate.

“People with Autism cannot feel sympathy or empathy”. What is wrong with people?! First off…I think if you are so ignorant that you do not care about what Aspies can feel or cannot feel, you are the one who is unsympathetic. I can’t talk for the rest of the Autism community, but I know when people are down or upset. AND I am willing to talk to them about it.

So do you think Autism is a disability or an inability? Or a combination of both? I know what I think. I think it is just a different style of life. So let me know what you think in the comments below. 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 “DISABILITY OR INABILITY?”

  1. Autism is just my normal. It’s my way of functioning. My Autism makes me who I am. I know that I am different and perfectly fine with being different. I hate all those myths about us. I wish those myths would stop. I love my Autism and all the opportunities it has given me.

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