“I am not “lazy” because I can’t function emotionally or mentally in the general work force.
I am not “weak” because I have a hard time processing emotions and am easily overwhelmed by the emotions of others.
“I am not a “recluse” because I prefer to stay at home where I feel most in control and safe.
I am not “anti-social” because I cannot handle large public gatherings and can only handle one or two friends at a time.”
I am not “stupid” because I cannot understand some math concepts and have a hard time with my handwriting and communicating verbally at times.
I am not what you want or need me to be
I am Autistic and I don’t have to apologize for that to anyone.”
These powerful words by http://lennemi.wordpress.com represent the way many with Autism feel about the overwhelming expectations placed on them by a society that refuses to accept them for who they are and instead replaces understanding with often cruel and ignorant judgements.
lennemi’s words have been reproduced on this blog with the full permission of the author.
They are part of a brilliant post which I urge you to find here http://lennemi.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/autistic-what-i-am-not/