When you encounter another person and you sense a difference, how do you respond? I hope the following poem gives you a moment of pause. (I hope it helps me to be more sensitive to others, also.)
A poem inspired by the #ActuallyAutistic and #SheCantBeAutistic hashtags that I keep seeing all over the place this week.
You are a bit awkward aren’t you?
Actually, I am Autistic.
Autistic? You seem normal to me.
You can’t see Autism.
But you seem so intelligent.
Lots of Autistic people are smart.
You just need to practice socializing more.
I am already doing my best.
Autistic people can’t sit still.
We can, but it is hard and takes more concentration.
You must be high functioning.
Today I am, but sometimes I’m not.
Are you just looking for attention?
No, actually I prefer to be left alone.
You don’t look Autistic.
Actually I’m Autistic.