you are worse than aids

#growingupautistic

- Your resource teachers/parents teaching you that it’s not okay to be angry ever but see no problem flipping out at you when you have made them angry

- Being called the r slur

- People telling you that you’re so lucky to not be “full blown” as if being more severely affected makes you less of a person

- Autism being reduced to a joke on the Internet

- Forced to interact with children you have nothing in common with because they are also autistic

- Being dragged to loud social events by family and they get annoyed at you when you’re uncomfortable and irritable

- Not having more than 2 regular friends

- Being bullied/harassed for being different to everyone

- Your talents discredited by peers because you have an assistant that just helps you understand what you’re doing and to keep you on-task

 - Being diagnosed late and thus having less developed fine motor skills

 - Being told to stop fidgeting when you’re stimming

 - Being told to use an “inside voice” whenever you open your mouth to speak

 - Not being told a thing about your condition and expected to go find out everything yourself

 - People being sarcastic to you on purpose because they know u don’t get it

 - Friendships ruined because you are not good at emotional support and often forget small things

 - Being supremely good at one thing and having little skill in anything else

 - Doctors telling you that you don’t have any empathy or you do not show emotions

 - People not believing you because a family member of theirs is autistic and acts nothing like you

 - Having a meltdown and being told to stop being a drama queen

 - Family telling you straight to your face “you’re not normal”

 - Neurotypical people trying to talk over you when you’re speaking about autism

 - Being held to an insane standard because you are expected to be smarter and more capable than neurotypicals at everything 

- Your resource teachers regimenting you to become some kind of obedient, malleable, calm, almost robot-like person who never questions and always does what you are told

- feeling weak and pathetic for hours after a meltdown

- Feeling sad when you see other autistic people being babied by their guardians

- Being made to feel like neurotypicals know whats good for you and what isnt and that you dont really know yourself as well as they know you

- The most renowned organization on autism misrepresenting you, giving the message that you’re worse than cancer and aids combined, is CURRENTLY seeking a cure for autism, and ignores adults with autism because it looks less ugly when people think it’s a “childhood condition”

- So many things are sensory hell

- Huge parties are one hand-touch from a stranger away from meltdown city

- Feeling like you’ll never be independent, that you’ll always need someone to take care of you

- Unable to adapt when your routine changes