Dear “Autism Parents”,

Could not have said it any better. This isn’t to cause arguments or drama. This is to explain my point of view- Of someone who IS Autistic and identifies as such. By trying to separate it, you’re trying to imply it’s “bad” and needs to be eradicated or “cured”. It’s just not fair.

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I want to clear a couple of things up.

1.

I don’t have autism. I am autistic. This is important to me. It also doesn’t mean that I “see myself as a disability first and a person second,” whatever that is supposed to mean. In my eyes, I’m Julia. Just Julia.

I cannot separate out which parts of me brain are wired because baby I was born this way and which parts of my brain should be marked off as AUTISM. Nor do I particularly care, to be honest. I am Julia, and a significant fraction of Julia is autism (and thus, via the transitive property, I am autism but that’s not the point). Am I a writer because I’m Julia, or because I’m autistic? My writing is good in its own right, I am told, and it’s also fundamentally shaped by my neurology–just like yours. I like

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~ by silachan on October 17, 2012.

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