My disability is a big part of my identity. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that already. If not, don’t worry; you don’t have to stick around for long to realise just how open I am about it. When I have a whole category dedicated towards my disability, autism, […]
I’m sure I’m not the only autistic person who has thought about the things I love about my condition in the past. Sometimes these reasons are hidden behind negative things because of what I’ve read online, but they’re still there, deep down. Yes, it’s important to remember that autism is a disability, but when there’s […]
Most people will know that April has been coined Autism Awareness Month, where social media is overwhelmed with people spreading facts about autism. However, in recent years, a lot of people have started to question whether raising awareness alone is enough. When you consider that 95.5% of people already know what autism is, it’s understandable […]
If you’ve heard of autism, you’ve heard of autistic meltdowns. They’re often the part of autism that people mistake for being ‘bad behaviour’, even though that couldn’t be anything further from the truth. However, if you’ve heard of autism, you probably haven’t heard of autism shutdowns. It’s a relatively new phrase used in the autistic community […]
“But you’re not that autistic, are you?” This is something people say to me all the time. I think it’s supposed to be received as a compliment from people who don’t understand that being disabled isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a compliment is the last thing I see it as. The observation isn’t exactly […]
According to statistics published by the National Autistic Society, 95% of people have heard of or about autism before. I can say with quite confidently that the amount of people who actually understand this disorder is much lower. That made me want to write this post, about autism misconceptions I hear on a daily basis.