Oh, yeah. This is so very true. Sheesh – it’s one of the reasons I just don’t bother bringing up Autism with people. It’s just not a good use of my time to navigate their biases.
Until I’m registered as a 501(c)(3) and can be compensated for my services, I’m not providing “ad hoc education” to the neurotypical world on a case-by-case basis. They can go their own way, and I’ll go mine — I’m autistic, after all.
I’m good at that! I’ve got skillz. 😉
A little over a year ago, when I first had the sneaking (strong) suspicion that I’m probably on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, I met with my counselor, a kind and empathetic person whom I’d been meeting with semi-regularly for the past few years.
A couple of sessions before that day, I had informed him of the new discovery.
Although he had gotten to know me well in the several years before that day, and although he was a very nice guy and fairly competent professional, it was I who brought up the Asperger’s/autism possibility. Like every other professional I’d seen, he had “missed it”, altogether overlooking the possibility. I had overlooked the possibility, too, but then, I’m not a specialist in this area.
Despite our long-ish track record, it became clear to me that he no longer saw me as “Laina”, but rather, “Aspergian/Autistic Laina”.
That in itself is not a…
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