Just over a month ago, I commented on a Facebook post. Since then, every couple of days, I get a new notification which relates to that comment. That tells me that either people appreciated learning something new or people can relate to it. So, I thought that it might be worthwhile discussing it here.
When communicating with someone who you know to be autistic, don’t start that communication with the excessive use of idioms. For the most part, we can actually figure out what you mean, but it over-complicates the decoding of the meaning of your message. It requires extra work on our end.
I wrote a post a week ago that included the meme above. It was shared on Facebook by The Bullshit Fairy (Facebook link – check out her page because she’s awesome), and from there it was shared by a number of people on a number of pages.
Wait, what? Aren’t those the same thing.
Well let’s look at the definitions:
Let’s start with oppositional which comes from the word opposition.
1. the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
2. antagonism or hostility.
3. a person or group of people opposing, criticizing, or protesting something, someone, or another group.
Wait – what?
I woke up this morning to a parent insisting that she would not allow autism to define her son, just as she wouldn’t allow high blood pressure, psoriasis, or hangnails to define anyone.
So, um, yeah.
That brings us to the whole labelling debate which really isn’t even be a debate. It isn’t a debate because a world without labels would look like like this:
I went inside my head.
I temporarily “shut up shop” on social media about a week because all-the-things-everywhere became too much.
I needed some downtime, some time away from everything and everyone. I had noticed that everything I read made me cry, want to throw up or throw something, or a combination of all of that.