Yes! More funding for autistic people who want to live well – rather than researching how we can cease to exist in some future “utopian” world.
I can’t speak for your child.
I keep coming back to this. I can’t speak for everyone.
I’ve had a lifetime of people assuming they know what I think by my actions. Assuming that they know who I am at a glance.
People still make assumptions. When I write things, those who don’t want to listen dismiss me easily. They say that she doesn’t know the hardships of autism.
Suddenly, a few words in, and my ability to write means they can see into my world. They were there when I couldn’t speak. They were there when I shut down. They were there when I didn’t get it, over and over and over.
I don’t want to justify myself. I don’t need to prove a level of pain to be worthy of having a voice.
You can’t speak for my experience.
But here’s the thing, I can’t speak for yours…
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