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...was a long time ago, BUT I don't think that makes this post null and void as any occasion is right for me to blog about autism, especially that it's probably one of the most misunderstood neurological "disorders" out there. To give a small background, I was diagnosed at 16 years of age with what most people would describe as 'high functioning autism'. That's quite late to be diagnosed, and as a result, I was forced into situations that made me feel uncomfortable for the first 16 years of my life. Not only that, but I was constantly called out by family and peers for being strange and different. I didn't give much eye contact, only responded in one word phrases without much explanation, and didn't really care much for communicating, at least in the 'traditional sense'. I was taking guitar lessons at one point and the teacher got so frustrated at me to outright all me retarded.
But I'm not going to make this post all about self-pity, the first paragraph was simply background info. It's just that I feel that autism is the one condition that has to be pointed out to non-autistics (not a word, I know), and when it does get pointed out, the non-autistics feel they have to tread water instead of treating those with autism with respect. We're not socially malformed like a lot of people think, we're different. We have different ways of showing empathy, emotions, and our overall feelings. We're not apathetic, emotionless, and dry like some people make us out to be. I can say that despite us being different, we would much prefer to be treated with the same respect you would those without autism and accept the differences between us.
Considering that most of the population of people out there probably doesn't have autism, the world is not centered for those who do. As a result, it's harder for us to get a job, live independently, and support ourselves. Job interviews aren't fun for me...at all. Some of us don't do activities that are proper for a resume, and regular communication is obviously not a strong point. We also get stigmatized as violent individuals, which I can assure you that autism is NOT a violent condition.
I don't see the world changing anytime soon, which is expected. For now, all I want is for people to treat us with respect. And for those who are struggling, don't let others feel bad because you're different. I might have more to say later on how to better understand and communicate with people with autism, but for now I'll just leave it at this.
^^I made this post a long time ago in regards to autism awareness day elsewhere, so I'd thought I'd post it here since it's not like these forums get much activity.