I’m hitting the “Reblog Button” for the first time ever. This list is amazing. It is extremely comprehensive without being pathological or overly negative. It also does not dismiss or overlook difficulties. PLEASE read the entire list on the original poster’s page.
Lyric Rivera, an Autistic self-advocate from Texas, runs the the internationally recognized neurodiversity lifestyle blog Neurodivergent Rebel. Neurodivergent Rebel was opened in 2016, as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with autism to neurodiversity. The blog, which is sometimes released in written format and also via YouTube video, explores the ideology of neurodiversity and the creative expressions of autistic people. Riveras’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological differences and respect for the autonomy of neurodivergent people. Lyric is also known as the pioneer of the #AskingAutistics hashtag, which is often accompanied by a short question about everyday autistic experiences. This simple hashtag connects neurodiverse people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other to foster understanding of the autistic experience. View all posts by Lyric Holmans
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I loved reading this. I am neurotypical (see what I’ve learned from reading your blog? 🙂 ) but have run across many people who exhibit traits described in this post. I am ashamed to say that I silently labeled and unthinkingly dismissed many of these people before even trying to understand or relate to them.
I also love your original blog posts. Before I happened upon your writings I had no concept of neurodiversity, of the “normalcy” of it all. We are one giant diverse beautiful human family. Every one of us deserves to be authentically who we are without reservation or apology. I want to meet more autistic people so I can give them a big hug… or not. 🙂
Thank you. It is very useful for those like me who are trying to accept being different!
It’s the best way to be happy
This reblogged post is basically why I didn’t see the condition in myself for so long. The mainstream diagnostic criteria basically made out at the time (and still does apparently) that we lack imagination generally. I didn’t even lack social imagination, I have vivid memories of trying VERY enthusiastically to involve my peers in the little plays I made up in my mind, and perhaps I’m an outlier within the autistic community here but I’ve never actually had that much of an issue with taking things literally all the time.
Also, particularly as a female, you tend to learn very early on in life not to “talk at” people about your special interests, often the hard way, so even that trait is often no longer applicable by the time you even wind up on the diagnostic radar… so much of it is wrong, or at the very least highly misleading. And yes the fact that it’s constantly about “impairments” and deficits”… yeah that’s a good way to end up feeling like you’re generally a bad thing.
This revised diagnostic criteria should be far more well known.
I should clarify – the traditional criteria which the reblogged post refers to, not the post itself, was the reason I didn’t see the condition in myself for so long. Just to avoid a potential misunderstanding!