This is so true. Even if we look like we are ‘functioning’, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are at all happy on the inside.
Not only did I present on deconstruction, autism, and digital communities at #cwcon this week, I also roomed (and presented) with a number of other autistic people.
I’ve made several autistic friends via the Internet, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts (and in the presentation). I’ve even met a few of them one on one. But spending time in a group gave me a perspective I haven’t had before. Like:
- The fact that I’ve never had an IEP, or was never diagnosed in childhood for anything, may be relatively unusual for autistics/NDs in my approximate age group.
- I’m as awkward at autistic conversational norms as I am at NT ones, but I am less anxious about this awkwardness because something about autistic conversational norms feels intuitively right to me in a way that NT conversational norms never have.
- Most of my autistic body-language norms have been completely extinguished.
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