Failing to recognise that autistic people live ordinary lives just entrenches our invisibility and prevents us getting the support that we need. We can’t pretend that living an ordinary life is a uniform experience for everyone. People don’t see the invisible struggles that we endure to give the outward impression of functionality. We need recognition that for some people, support is needed to live an ordinary life in a way that is sustainable.
Tremendous. Absolutely tremendous. I was diagnosed nine years ago — at 25 — and have since unveiled more about myself. Sometimes, it sucks. Sometimes, it doesn’t. Sometimes, life can be a spectacle. However, I am delighted that I went through with the diagnosis. Thank you for this article. It was a pleasure to read!