Autistic people are more likely to:

Be unique

Be honest

Be intelligent

Be a college student

Be a college professor

Be detail-oriented

Be aware of things others overlook

Be more in tune with their senses

Be artists

Be scientists

Be questioning

Be strong willed

Be an expert in their field

Be passionate

Be able to handle extreme pain

Be able to learn complex ideas

Be able to remember hundreds of facts

Be able to make connections others cannot make

Be consistent

Be hard-working

Be Intense

Be Leaders

Be sensitive

Be good with animals

Be good with computers

Be good with skilled work

Be good with using their imaginations

Be good at following instructions exactly

Belong in the workforce, your family,  as your specialist, as your significant other, as your partner, your teacher, and as your friend.

More than the average population.

Understanding The Spectrum

I hear alot of people misinterpreting or misusing the term ‘autism spectrum’. So for Autism Acceptance week, I decided to make a comic to help explain the term and how it affects things. Archie is one of the reasons I became so interested/knowledgeable in autism (I like to go all out in research when I write characters for comics n such) so he’s the one presenting everything! The rest of the comic is under the cut, because I don’t want to spam ^^;

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I am often told:

“Everyone experiences that.”

“That’s happened to me.”

While this may be true, and I appreciate the sympathy, it also makes it hard for me to forgive myself.

If everyone has trouble making friends, why am I so often alone?

If everyone is overwhelmed by loud noises, why do restaurants and concerts and carnivals scare me?
If everyone forgets and misuses words sometimes, why am I often incapable of getting others to understand what I’m trying to say?
Does this mean I’m weak? Does this mean I’m lazy? Does this mean I’m not trying?
No.

NO!

Because you may experience something once, but I experience it constantly.

Something may occasionally bother you, but it is a constant obstacle for me.

When I tell you something is hard for me, and you tell me it’s hard for everyone…
You are not helping.

You are planting seeds of doubt.
You are telling me all the work I put into surviving each day is worthless, because I shouldn’t have to do that work at all.
Please. Don’t.

Support autistics who have trouble with conventional fashion

Support autistics who put comfort over style

Support autistics who are sensitive to bright colored clothing

Support autistics who have problems with seams on underwear, socks, shirts and pants

Support autistics who have trouble putting on clothing

Support autistics who can’t stand fabrics like lace, denim and velvet

Support autistics and their experiences with underwear and bras

Support autistics who can only buy jeans at thrift shops because they are worn in

Support autistics who can’t wear tight clothes like leggings and skinny jeans


Support autistics who have troubles fastening buttons, snaps, laces, and zippers

Support autistics who have to cut the tags off of every piece of clothing they own

Support autistics who might be overwhelmed when clothes shopping for all the reasons listed above and more.

Support autistics who have to deal with the very complicated sensory world that is fashion and clothes shopping.

TEN THINGS AN AUTISTIC PERSON WANTS YOU TO KNOW

1) I am autistic. There is nowhere that I end and autism begins.

2) Ordinary sights, sounds or touches may be difficult or painful for me. Please be understanding if I ask you to turn the volume down, turn the light off, or not to touch me without warning.

3) If I didn’t catch what you said, it may not be because I’m not listening. I sometimes have trouble processing spoken language, especially when there is background noise.

4) I like routines because I know what to expect. It’s best to not spring surprises on me.

5) Don’t ask me, “Everybody else can do X, so why can’t you?” I am not like “everybody else.” I may not even be like other autistic people.

6) I may have difficulty asking for what I need due to difficulties getting the words out or even just due to anxiety. I don’t mind if you ask me if I need something; just don’t do it every five minutes.

7) I learn better when I can learn MY way. Most people do, even those who aren’t autistic.

8) Just because I’m not making eye contact doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention.

9) Just because I’m autistic doesn’t mean I don’t want to have friends. However, I’m an introvert, and I need time alone to recharge.

10) Ask me about my special interest, but be prepared for a monologue.

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[Image description:
First picture - A woman, seated, holding a messenger bag on her knees, says: “I can’t shower, I can’t eat, I can’t go out of my house…”. A non-pictured person replies: “But you’re here, aren’t you?”.
Second picture - The same woman, holding her left hand up, says: “Well yeah but… I came here because I needed your help!”. The non-pictured person replies: “It seems to me that you’re doing quite well!”.]

If you can’t ask for help, nobody’s gonna help you, but if you can, mental health professionals are gonna take it as a proof that you don’t need that much help after all!

What are we supposed to do to get the help we need then?

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