Alrighty. Hey, Humans, Lyric here, the NeuroDivergent Rebel. I didn’t know I was Autistic for the first 29 years of my life. I’ve always been Autistic, it was just a late discovery.
This week, I’m going to give you a list of things I didn’t know were related to being Autistic when I was growing up.
Quickly, before I dive into this list, I would like to say that this is my own personal list, and that means these things are not going to be true for each and every single Autistic Person. These are true for me. Each and every Autistic Person is an individual, and we are all very different and unique, and have vastly different experiences.
You may relate to some of the things on my list if you are Autistic. You may also not relate to some of the things on my list, because we’re all unique individuals. Continue reading Things I Didn’t Realize Were Related to Being Autistic Before I Was Diagnosed “with Autism”
We’ve got a long history of missteps when it comes to autism and gender. For example, the original model of autism is based very specifically on a very narrow definition of straight, cis, white, male autistic children. Continue reading Does Autism Present Differently in Women & Girls? What about Non-Binary Autistic People?
Last week we talked about self-diagnosis this week, I’m going to share with you some information about my own personal diagnosis journey and what that experience was like for me personally. Continue reading My Late Autism Diagnosis Journey
So this week we’re going to talk about that. I want to highlight why so many autistic people feel that self-diagnosis is valid and it is, was also the very first step for many autistic people before they seek out an official diagnosis. Continue reading Autism & Self Diagnosis
Both the medical model and my model agree on something. Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental difference or neurodivergent brain type. It is present from birth, genetic, and may be masked or hidden by coping strategies. Continue reading What IS Autism? – The Whole Person Model or the Differences Model (Book Preview)
The ugly duckling grew up believing – falsely – that he was an ugly or defective duck. Eventually the “duckling” learned he wasn’t a duck at all. In the end, the duckling was a perfectly “normal” “average” swan and this knowledge set him free. Continue reading Autism Tales & Stories – The Ugly Duckling
At first, some people may feel the urge to run around and tell everybody this new information when they find out they’re autistic. However, disclosing can be very tricky, especially in the workplace. Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – Disclosing & Accommodations
The beginning of that self-discovery journey and re-learning who I am through that new lens was something that for me was very powerful. It can also be information that can be really shocking and shake someone up. . . Continue reading Why I Say “Congratulations” When Someone is Diagnosed Autistic