To be openly autistic or not to be openly autistic, that is the question, and there is no easy answer. I decided to be opening autistic as masking regularly was slowly destroying me, and I craved to live more authentically. However, the fact that I have a choice to mask or not is a privilege that not every autistic person is afforded. Nonetheless being openly autistic still has its challenges as it makes me more vulnerable to ableism and stigma that exists around autism. However, there are benefits too, and I will talk about the good, bad and ugly aspects of being openly autistic.
I love having the ability to connect with other autistic people whenever I like. As I’ve experienced periods of social isolation, knowing I can pick up my phone and instantly interact with other people that get me feels like a real luxury. I value…
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