Others’ understanding Autism

Autism must be explored by others, so that others may understand how we present. For those of us with autism, we may get a bad press because others either don’t understand us, or don’t like our behaviour.

Having just been diagnosed with Autism, I spent my life trying to adapt into a normal life, in effect with a disability I didn’t know I had. My life could never be normal, but when it comes to disability, it’s not up to us to fit in, it’s up to others to make sure we’re inclusive.

It is important others are mindful of what Autism is and to be aware of how we may interact. Because we struggle to fit in, it makes it even more important for others to understand and want to help us. Others must want to know what we deal with.

The more they choose to learn about us, the more they will understand the person behind the condition. Once they become better at understanding, they will be better equipped to help us prevent and modify situations that cause us difficulties.

Others must focus on what we can do, rather than what they know we struggle with. If they don’t know they need to get to know.


25 Jan, 2019

4 thoughts on “Others’ understanding Autism

  1. Yes, it would be very helpful if people at least made an attempt to try to understand what autism is and how to help those with autism deal with it.

    People aren’t compassionate or understanding about others they label as different. The stigmas that come with Autism and even cerebral palsy are due to a lack of understanding, assuming people with these conditions are mentally retarded, which is not always the case.

    People who haven’t had to deal with any of these issues can’t be blamed for their ignorance, but there isn’t any reason why they couldn’t try to learn about what others might deal with.

    It would be great if they could focus on getting to know the person first before slapping any labels on them.

  2. Thanks Randy. Yes, there is no reason or excuse for labels. Your last paragraph sums up your response beautifully.

    Where you say, ‘It would be great if they could focus on getting to know the person first before slapping any labels on them.’ I would just add it’s important we get to know others and what they may bring to the relationship.

    Truthfully, if we did, there wouldn’t be a need for labels.

  3. Understanding that Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them, is so important and there is no excuse for ignorance.

    It annoys me that people make it an issue for the person not themselves. It is much also more common than people think, and yet we are only just beginning to attempt to overcome the prejudice around this and other mental illnesses.

    This seems a good place for me to say that I have been reading your blogs for a number of years now and you continue to amaze me with your clarity of thinking and positivity. We can all learn so much from you.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s wrong that others make an issue for people like me when I am only doing the best that I can given my neurological difficulties.

      Having a disability has given me a gift which I am grateful for, but I never take my life or what I have for granted, I merely seek to understand my unique set of circumstances and experiences, through my blog.

      Although I have emotionally struggled in my life and there’s no getting away from that, I simply choose to stand back and do and see things differently.

      Where I was angry, I have chosen not to be angry, where I was bitter I have chosen to change my thinking and expectations and find acceptance.

      Where we have independence, we do get to choose the life we live.

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