I am a 16 year old in the United States. I was diagnosed with autism at a young age.
What I think about autism
- Autism has existed as long as mankind has, it is not a new condition at all.
- I would be considered high-functioning but I hate functioning labels.
- I do not use the Asperger's label.
- I prefer identity-first language over person-first language.
- I really hate the word "autist".
- I support neurodiversity.
- People are born autistic, nobody gets/becomes it.
- Autism is a part of you, you don't "have" and removing it will change you into a completely different person.
- I strongly oppose the anti-vaccine movement and I believe it is extremely harmful.
- Therapies that focuses on forcing the child to act neurotypical are abusive.
- There is nothing inherently wrong with speculating that a historical figure was autistic; I hope it would be more accepted in the future, so if that bothers you, that is your own personal problem.
Pages I made
- Absolute pitch
- Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models
- Daniel Tammet
- Diagnosing Jefferson: Evidence of a Condition that Guided His Beliefs, Behavior, and Personal Associations
- Donald Triplett
- Jilly Juice
- Leo Kanner
- Norm Ledgin
- Thomas Jefferson
- Writers on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome Have Influenced Literary Writing
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