Do you guys have any tips on telling friends that I think I'm autistic? I'm pretty scared too bc they make a lot of autistic jokes and make fun of me for acting "differently" but I really want to tell them but I don't know how.
Something that worked for me was telling my friends things about autism first, and then transitioning into something more personal by telling them that I think I fit these traits after I had been teaching them for a little while.
So, for example, you could start by telling your friends that their jokes about autism are harmful and explaining why and in the process teach them about autism. Then, when you feel more comfortable with their opinions on autism, tell them you think you’re autistic.
If none of that works, I’d suggest dropping them as friends. I know that’s way easier said than done, but if your friends don’t treat you or others with respect and make ableist jokes, then they aren’t really worth keeping as friends in my opinion.