5 things you didn’t know about the autistic elephant in the room
There's an elephant in the room... and she be called Autism. As you've probably guessed by now I'm not just open about my autism but also somewhat evangelical about it.
This is entirely deliberate and I do it for several reasons — the most important of which is being open about being autistic makes my life easier in the long run. I spent 52 years acting like a broken neurotypical, and it was only when it became clear to me I had an underlying condition — Asperger's, autism, ASD, call it what you will — I realised how futile it all was.
But more than selfish rational self-interest I want to help raise awareness of autism, and you can't do that by not talking about it.
As I wrote here, I think we need to stop thinking in terms of acceptance and understanding and instead focus on awareness and forbearance.
Alas, too many autistics hide their autism because they fear rejection, opprobrium, and discrimination, not realising their obviously strange, weird, and quirky ways successfully attract that shit into their lives anyway.
So, watch the vid, perhaps become a little more enlightened, and then, if you have questions or comments, add them below or send me a message.
Jon McCulloch, The Evil Bald Genius
Author, speaker, business owner, and autism advocate