Autism: Let’s Break the Misconceptions

What do you know about autism?

Autistic people all have their own super ability.
Autistic people can’t feel empathy.
Autistic people are not to be trusted.
Autism is caused by vaccines.

Lies, lies, lies, and more lies. Not everyone is like Jake Barnett, not everyone has alexithymia, judgmental assumptions shouldn’t be made on anybody, let alone a person with autism, and autism is not caused by vaccines!

“We need to work to fight for the cure!”
“Donate to our charity to cure autism!”

Look at this little girl. See how she feels about a “cure” for her autism…

“Sometimes if there are too many things going on at once and can go crazy and act mad like a dog or a cat or something…I can make noises to make myself feel better as I feel more in control but that makes people look at me and then I feel worse.”

“Having Asperger’s is like constantly having a heart attack that can’t kill you. Walking into a room full of people is like constantly trying to look at the sun.”

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“…they think it’s rude or annoying and bad and think we’re bad people or we have bad parents but that’s just not true.”

“BUT IT’S NOT A THING THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED, NO ONE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ME OR ANYONE LIKE ME, I’M JUST ME.”

This is the voice of autism. It’s not coming from parents, it’s not coming from doctors, it’s not coming from teachers; it’s coming from Beatrix Finch, a girl who has autism.

So how about this…
Autism doesn’t need to be cured! Who would have thought? If one were to stop all the researching and worrying and pity over curing autism, and, instead, actually listen to the people who have it, they’d find that, hey, they don’t want to be cured!

Autism is not a disease.

Autism is a part of someone. It makes them who they are.

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Sure, it has its disadvantages, feats, anxieties, struggles- Beatrix Finch says how it is.
But that shouldn’t overwhelm the fact that most people wouldn’t change it even if there was some magical cure.

Just like the any sub-group fighting for rights, the autistic community deserves to be accepted, appreciated, understood, and cherished.

To those who ignore and ignore and ignore and ignore a person with autism, and how they feel, you’ve got to listen to them- this doesn’t exclude parents. If they can’t talk, then watch them. Learn their signs, like, for example, hand flapping and jumping. This means excitement and happiness!

Understand how they communicate. Don’t try to force them to communicate like you.

Different doesn’t mean bad.

If you don’t understand something, search for answers to any questions you have! The best thing to do in this case is to ask someone who has autism, not someone who doesn’t. If you don’t know anybody, then there’s always YouTube! Here’s a video of autistic people reacting to stigmas about them, and sharing what their reality actually is…

“They think of autism and they think of your typical, Sheldon Cooper-type, or someone who doesn’t speak to anyone, who is rude, who is a genius and that just simply isn’t the case!”

“I actually believe that autistic people feel a little too much empathy.”
“…if anything, we feel things much harder.”

“The teachers literally said to my parents, ‘Well if she tried to fit in more, she wouldn’t get bullied. She brings it on herself because she’s different.'”

What needs to be cured is society. 

Autistic people have their everyday battles because of how their mind functions, it’s true, but a large part of their problems come from the people around them, unaware of who they are because the label distracts them from the character within.

Don’t make assumptions. Make a change, and let autism speak for itself.

And there’s one more thing…

I interviewed five people and asked what they knew about autism. This is what I got. Enjoy.

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