I live and deal with a mental disability in an able world. Being on the spectrum my world looks and feels different. I present differently. Where I may not see myself as having mental health issues because my autism is mild, the nature of what autism is, very much dictates the issues I face in everyday situations. It is difficult.
But around mental health, it is important society challenges outdated and socio-culturally biased assumptions. It is because society and institutions are diverse that we need to make sure everyone is inclusive, including those with different abilities.
We all have a responsibility. It’s not just institutions that should be making a difference, it is important to make differences in our everyday lives. It is critical we appreciate disability and diversity, rather than impose structures that signify ‘one-size fits all.’ We need to make sure all people have a purpose, so that what they can offer are engaging and meaningful.
As someone who has and deals with a disability, and having struggled throughout my life, living in an able world, there needs to be change. It is important we build diverse frameworks that are suitable for everyone.