Autism is not my disability.

An articulate post and point of view regarding disability and neurodiversity.

Anonymously Autistic

Autism is not my disability, altough I truly believe that it is the root of all my “superpowers”.

My disability is invisible because I am able to blend in with society. People don’t know if I am suffering. When I speak up asking for help I am told that I am not “Autistic enough”.

Autism is not the disability, although symptoms of my sensory processing difficulties can leave me crippled and unable to function.

The disability is society’s misunderstanding of Autistic people.

Cure culture says erase the Autism. Neurodiversity begs you treat us with compassion, learn about us, and accept us as we are.

Autistic children are sent to therapy to help them look “less Autistic”. They learn to be still, and learn how different they are from everyone else.

We become self-conscious and learn that our differences are something to be ashamed of.

So no, I am not disabled…

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Rose Wolfe (Living Free with disAbilities)

Let's get to the elephant first: I have myotonic dystrophy which defines my physical limitations, but it does not define me. Without the distraction of physical activities, I have found my passions: (1) Encouraging others to live more fully with fun, faith, and hope; (2) finding freedom in oil painting; (3) writing about my experiences; and (4) encouraging others to live more passionately. It is my belief that every person lives with at least one disability - for impairments are not limited to those with chronic illnesses. Many neurotypical people are psychological architects who have constructed enclosures in which they trap themselves. Mindsets, attitudes, and perceptions are fluid realities. Many of us have forgotten that it is possible how to live beyond our disabilities. Life may have challenges but faith and hope are within reach. I have made my choice: I am LivingFreeWithdisAbilities.

6 thoughts on “Autism is not my disability.”

  1. Thank you for sharing your blogging friend’s post, I’m interested in learning how autism effects people. Some of it is relatable to me because I’m highly sensitive.
    By the way, I love the rainbow coloured pencils, Rose! 😀

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  2. I sometimes think medical funding/insurance pushes us to think in terms of labels because labels often get action. It would be so much healthier to accept people for who they are, observe how they present themselves and then not compartmentalize our response to them.

    My experience with people (adults and children) on the autism spectrum is that they have amazing abilities. There is a company in Calgary that spends serious dollars matching employers with adults on the autism spectrum because when it’s a correct fit (having made all the necessary environment adjustments to meet their needs) both employer and employee benefit tremendously.

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  3. Thank you for sharing! I am music therapist intern who works with children with Autism. I always am working on having my sessions be person-centered addressing sensory needs first. I am NOT a fan of forcing ‘appropriate’ behavior such as being quiet and sitting still in the chair.

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