Self Acceptance as an Autistic Adult

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**I can’t speak for every Autistic person, I can only speak for myself. My views do not necessarily represent all Autistic people. Trigger warning for ABA therapy.**

Self acceptance as an Autistic adult can be very difficult in a society that is trying, whether they realize it or not, to change us, can be very difficult. From the phrase “Quiet Hands” to an insistence on eye contact, Autistic neurology is not widely accepted.

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I was diagnosed when I was 12, in sixth grade, so I never underwent Applied Behavioral Analysis, or any Early Intervention program. Applied Behavioral Analysis, which some Autistic people refer to as abuse, is the most common therapy for Autistic children. The goal with the therapy is to make the child “indistinguishable from his peers.”  This therapy can cause PTSD.

When you’re growing up in a society that doesn’t accept you, it’s easy to become frustrated, even depressed.  In April, it feels like all you see are blue lights and a message that you need a ‘cure.’

Autistics and their allies have been communicating this for many years, from “Jim Sicnlair’s Don’t Mourn For Us” to Julia Bascom’s “Quiet Hands” to the millions of Autistic self-advocates every day who speak their truth online and IRL.

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I’m trying to say something that I’ve said many times before, and that I’ll probably say many times again: Autistics are not broken. We are not failed versions of a neurotypical person. We’ve always been here. We’re not going anywhere. We are people. And we’re Autistic. And that’s O.K.

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