by Cat Walker from A is for Autiste. With understanding comes responsibility. Not broken. Not bad. Not wrong. Autistic. Spending my whole life thinking I was broken, bad and wrong have certainly taken a toll. I sought out a formal diagnosis because I was conditioned to believe that people in positions of authority knew better than me.
by Briannon Lee. Dear Therapist, It’s time to let go. Let go of your big manual of mental disorders. We can’t be defined by the way you observe our bodies and minds at work and rest. We will not be limited by your reports damning us to disorder, even when you couch those words in pretty euphemisms.
by Nora Ruth from A Heart Made Fullmetal. S is for Stigma. Autism is kind of like my own personal Instagram filter. I view the world through a different lens. I don’t see things like anyone else does. It changes the way I process information. It means the world sometimes looks fuzzy…
by Tuttleturtle from Turtle is a Verb. R is for Respect. Because I demand respect. Demanding that I will be recognized, neurodivergences and all. Deciding that I will be valued. All of me, not only the parts that look the way others want or expect. Defining myself, rather than living a life others push upon me.
by Alyssa Hillary from Yes, That Too. Q is for Quirky. I’ve got a really complicated relationship with the word “Quirky.” I think many of us (neurodivergent people) do, and often for reasons that are … also complicated, and often highly personal. Thought the first: Quirky is true.
by Bobbi Duncan-Ishcomer from This Sort of Life. The Purgatory of Passing: I AM Like Your Child. Who is that girl reflected in the shop-front window glass? It can’t be me. That girl is standing still; arms to her side, hands not flapping, fingers not fluttering. She doesn’t make noise for noise-making sake.