(Stars on one side and two small pictures of comets on the other side.)
It can suck to be seen as the normal one, even though that’s usually my goal, if people take that as an excuse to badmouth less normal people to me.
when I’ve met these kids, I’ve seen them as similar to me, but nobody else has seen me as being in any way similar to them. It is often very upsetting.
It upsets me a lot because I feel like people are talking to me about me but without knowing it’s about me, and I have to decide whether to let them know or keep passing.
I wish people could see that my friend and I are both autistic, that I’m autistic like him.
hate it, because people talk about them, and tell them to act normal, and wonder why they are different, and i want to stand up for them, tell all of the neurotypical people to back off, and quit treating the other people like they are less of a person. but i cant do that without publicly identifying with them, and i’m afraid to do that.
At my current job, there are two autistic people and several Intellectually disabled people who are seen as severely disabled but I am not seen as disabled at all. It upset me when people expect me to join in mocking them. I fear to object might mean jeopardizing my job, that it might lead to losing access to food, shelter, and healthcare so I just walk away. It benefits me to pass but to me it is a necessary evil.
I’ve been an aide for other disabled people before. It feels like being a double agent or a spy behind enemy lines.