I can relate!
One of the most pervasive myths about Asperger’s/autism is that we’re distant and aloof. This is especially true about the Asperger’s sub-class of the autism spectrum, to split hairs. (And I’m exceptionally adept at hair-splitting (grin).)
I can see why some people might believe that. After all, speaking for myself and also what I’ve learned from reading, we might not respond to something someone says in the typically expected way, or we might not pick up on a subtle facial expression.
But just because I can understand why something happens, that doesn’t make it less dangerous. It doesn’t alleviate any of the damage that such misconceptions can cause. It doesn’t prevent harmful assumptions from forming and spreading, like invasive weeds.
And my understanding of such misperceptions doesn’t make them true or valid.
Because actually, this myth could not be further from the truth.
The truth is, for the cheap seats…
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