My history with labels & autism = sensitivity + coping strategies?

Sensitivity is strength

At a point when I became more interested in autism as presented by the neurodiversity movement, for example the #ActuallyAutistic community, and started figuring out that my life experience fits many of the shared experiences quite paradigmatically, I started asking around friends about whether they think I could be on the autism spectrum.

I didn’t have that many friends, but two of them said yes (and a third one had pushed me to read about the autism spectrum in the first place). My ex, call her the Arab MD, said “ya, I wondered about it at the beginning, but then I thought it might be the fact you were partly raised in the West” (to an Arab-Polish mind, growing up in the West by default means you’re a bit me-me-me and don’t pay attention to others), and my other ex, the yeshivebucher, said “ya, I wondered about it –but then…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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