Inclusive Autistic Traits by Autisticality

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.

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Problems

Autism is big and messy and confusing, and no-one really understands it. It’s difficult to make a good summary and description of autistic traits, because generally no-one can agree on what autism actually is. But even taking that into account, I’ve never read a satisfactory article or leaflet summarising and describing autistic traits.  Every description I’ve ever read suffered from at least one of these problems:

  • Wrongly weighted. So many descriptions of autism written by neurotypical people focus completely on social traits. Often autism is described as an entirely social thing, and any other differences are considered incidental if they’re mentioned at all.
  • Vague. The “triad of impairments” is the worst offender here. It divides social traits arbitrarily into “interaction”, “communication”, and “imagination”, but there is absolutely no clear distinction between those categories. They’re meaningless and useless divisions that don’t remotely simplify the description, and so they serve no useful purpose…

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3 responses to “Inclusive Autistic Traits by Autisticality

  1. 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. 🙂

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