“You cannot determine a person’s intellectual capacity, personality, political view or personal interests,” based on their appearance alone.
Nor can you accurately “assess a person’s character by noting whether or not they are fit, fat, frail, thin, old, young, able-bodied, disabled, black, white, tattooed, male or female.” Quotes from T. Moss
It is entirely irrational to believe that one can judge the character of another person, based purely on their appearance.
We know this.
Yet there are still so many people out there who believe that they can judge the capacity of an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism, to feel love, joy, compassion and empathy, based on little more than an observation of our facial expressions or the focus of our eyes.
Please stop doing this.
We’ve already explained to you, that for us, making eye contact can be difficult and that often, our internal feelings do not match our external expressions.
So please stop judging us based solely on your interpretation of our appearances.
Or haven’t you heard?
‘Appearances can be deceiving.’
And we should know, because you’re the ones who taught us that.
When it comes to plastering on a ‘fake smile’ and pretending that ‘there’s nothing wrong’, you guys are the experts.
Never-the-less, we’re not judging you.
Or calling you cold-hearted liars, simply because you can all smile, without even wanting too.
You see, life has already taught us that sometimes in this world, it’s not how you look, but what you see, that makes all the difference.
So try seeing us differently.